Incense cones are a traditional form of incense. Backflow Incense cones are convenient and easy to use, but sometimes they may not work as intended.
This guide will help you to troubleshoot why your incense cones are not working.
Despite its different form, lighting a backflow incense cone is very similar to lighting an incense stick.
Backflow cone burners, in fact most incense burners, come with small tongs or tweezers, and these are used to hold the cone while you light the pointed end of the cone with a match or lighter until the incense starts to burn with a small flame.
The cone may not always stay lit at first, so you can repeat this until there is a steady flame.
You then blow out the flame, and there should be a small glowing ember at the tip of the cones, and smoke starting to come out of the bottom. If this does not happen, the cone is not fully lit and you need to start again.
Once the smoke is flowing from the bottom of the cone you can place it on the incense burner making sure that the hole in the bottom of the cone is aligned with the hole in the incense burner. If it is not, the smoke will be blocked and the backflow effect will not work.
If the backflow cone is not working, you need to make sure it is not in a draught or near an open door or window where there is a strong air current, which will either extinguish the cone or blow the smoke away before it flows downwards through the burner.
Another reason why sometimes the cones are not working is for almost the opposite reason – not enough air. The cone needs oxygen to continue burning, so it should not be in a confined space, but in an open, ventilated area (but without a strong air-flow!).
The way cones are stored is also important. If a cone is not working it could be because it is a little damp from being stored in a moist or humid environment.
The best way to store them is to keep them in a sealed, airtight container or in a ziplock plastic bag. If the backflow cone is not completely dry it will not work.
If the cones are exposed to too much sunlight or a hot atmosphere, the essential oils will start to leak onto the surface of the cones and that will stop them working properly, so keep them in a cool dark place.
Finally, always check that the hole in the base of the backflow cone is not blocked with dust or sediment, and also check that the hole in the incense burner is also clean and free of debris or resin from previous cones.