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How To Use Backflow Incense Waterfall Burners

Burning incense for yoga, meditation, or aromatherapy never gets old. In fact, it gets a new life every other century!


In the 20th century, incense burners have come with their aesthetics in addition to the age-old aromatherapy benefits. Incense waterfall or Backflow Incense burner is what we like to call them.


Backflow incense burners are different from traditional ones. They use a ‘waterfall effect.’ That means, instead of smoke going and spreading upwards in the air, it tends to fall down the burner like falling water.


And this effect opens myriads of opportunities for making an incense burner the prettiest, most antique, and most attractive piece at your home or office.

How To Use Incense Waterfall: Detailed Instructions

We know incense mostly in the form of incense sticks. But with backflow incense burners, you need unique incense cones. Incense cones produce more smoke, and that’s why they tend to burn out quickly as well. But the dense smoke and its thick effect are worth it!




But how to use a backflow incense burner with maximum safety and minimum mess?


To light an incense waterfall, follow these steps:


  1. Hold the incense with the help of tweezers. Or place it in a heat-proof backflow incense burner, with the cone pointing upwards.
  2. Light the tip of the cone carefully and safely using a lighter or a match. Keep the pointy end of the cone in contact with the flame until it ignites.
  3. Now, wait patiently for 5-10 seconds for a small bright glow. The bright glow shows that the incense has been lit. And shortly after, you will observe smoke coming out from the bottom.
  4. If you don’t see the ember or orange glow, wait for at least a minute. If you still don’t see it, you might need to repeat steps 1, 2, and 3.
  5. For the successfully lit incense cones, it’s time to give a gentle air blow to the flame. Make sure you totally put out the flame, so only the smoke is left.
  6. Now is when your backflow incense burner enters the scenario. The burned incense cone with its dense, aromatic fumes is ready to go on the incense holder.
  7. Once the burned incense cone is on its seat, you can rely on its aromatherapy for the next fifteen minutes to half an hour.

How To Put Out Backflow Incense Cones?

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Once lit or burned, you cannot reuse a backflow incense cone. But it is important to properly and safely put out the half-burned cone for safe disposal.


For that purpose, take a cup or bowl of water. Immerse the half-burned cone in it enough to put out the smoke.


You can also use sand, dry rice, or mud for this purpose. Just immerse the tip in there, and it’s done.

How To Dispose Of Burnt Incense Cone Ash?


Here is the best way to dispose of the burnt incense cone ash without creating a mess or getting hurt:


  1. Never touch the cone or incense ash when it has just finished burning. Give it at least 5 minutes to cool down.
  2. Bring your trash bag to your backflow incense burner and not the incense waterfall to the trash bag.
  3. Tip the burnt cone and ash into the trash bag.

Waterfall Incense Burner Safety Precautions



Burning an incense burner may seem like the easiest task, and it surely is. But it has its perils since it involves flame.


Here are some precautions to observe for safety:


  1. While burning your incense waterfall, make sure you keep the setup away from flammable objects.
  2. You can first light a candle and then light the incense cone from it for flame safety.
  3. If you are using a container or a surface to ignite your incense cone, make sure it’s heat-resistant.
  4. Make sure you keep the burned incense out of reach of children.
  5. Let the incense waterfall cool down once you are done with your meditation, yoga, or aromatherapy session. Till then, do not touch the burner.

Why Won’t My Backflow Incense Burner Work?


Are you following all the above instructions and still cannot get the waterfall effect with your incense burner?




This may happen due to any of the following reasons:

Reason #1 - The Room Has An Inlet To Air

The incense effect is, in effect, smoke or fog. Air can carry the smoke with it quite easily.

Reason #2 - The Incense Cone Didn’t Light Correctly

Always make sure that you see that ember glow when you light an incense cone. Only then will you get the desired dense, smoky, incense waterfall effect.

Reason #3 - The Lit Incense Cone Is Not Aligned Well

Make sure the hole of the incense cone aligns with the incense holder’s seat. Otherwise, you might actually block the incense smoke inside the cone.

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Incense burning dates back to ancient Chinese civilization. Once discovered, it knew no bounds and quickly became a part of everyday religious and cultural ceremonies worldwide. Incense waterfall or backflow incense burners are a great way to enjoy the aroma and the smoky aesthetics on an antique, intelligently designed burner.


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