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April 08, 2021 4 min read

It's essential to know how to use an incense burner when burning a stick of incense or cone. The most popular type of incense burners are the backflow incense burners, and there are a few different ways that they can be used.

We all know that incense can be an excellent way to enhance the mood or atmosphere of an environment, but not many people know how to use an incense burner effectively. There are also a few words of caution that people tend to forget as well; that is why we have prepared this blog with you in mind. These accessories pair well with any type of incense but can also be a potential fire hazard.

Using an incense burner is simple! The first thing you need is your preferred burner type (this can be a backflow burner as well as a regular one), some charcoal if you intend to burn resin incense. You will also need some matches or a lighter to get things rolling. Once you've got your materials gathered then its all just a matter of lighting it! But before we get into the fun that comes with aromatherapy lets talk about some of the types of incense burners available on the market you can choose from.

Types of Incense Burners

There are two types of incense to choose from, the ones that are combustible and the ones that aren’t. Combustible incense requires you to burn it directly and place it on a holder. The non-combustible ones (for e.g., resin incense) need you to use other items like- charcoals and aromatherapy oil warmers.

Because of the types of incense available, there are also different types of burners for them as well. Some of the incense burners available on the market are:

  • Bowl Shaped Incense Burners
  • Combination Burners
  • Smudge Bowls
  • Box Burners
  • Ash Catchers
  • Backflow Burners
  • Hanging Burners

Each of these burners is unique with its own set of benefits. For example, certain box burners used for burning resin incense and incense cones offer a sense of safety. This is because the incense being burned is kept inside a small closed and ventilated object, giving off an aroma that will be diffusing through your room. There is also a large selection aesthetic backflow burner if you are wanting to spruce up your room as well as enjoy and participate in practicing aromatherapy.

Now that we know about incense burners a bit more, let’s talk about how to use them!

Using the Incense Burner!

The step-by-step guide to using an incense burner isn’t that different from the guide we have for burning incense sticks, cones, or even resin. If you are interested in learning more about them, consider reading our blogs on “How to Light Incense.” Regardless we have put together a shorter step-by-step guide for you in this case as well:

  • Pick your desired fragrance
  • Place it on the burner
  • Burn the tip of the incense stick or cone
  • Place your burner in a well-ventilated area

If, however you are using resin incense, consider the following:

  • Burn the charcoal tablets
  • Place them inside or on the burner
  • Place your resin on top of it


Even with their similarities, however, there are a few things you need to remember when using an incense burner, they are:

  • The room you are burning them in
  • The type of burner you are using
  • Where you are placing it
  • For how long are you planning to burn your incense

Firstly, you will want the room you are burning in to be well ventilated to avoid feeling suffocated by the fragrance. Secondly, you will want to pair the type of fragrance you are using with the burner. Some burners on the market can be versatile while others aren’t, and lastly, you will want to place the burner on a heat-resistant surface. If you plan on burning your incense for an extended period, the burner itself can potentially become too hot. This can become a potential fire hazard you will most definitely want to avoid!

The Benefit of an Incense Burner!

Before we even tell you about all the good things about it, the first thing we have to mention is safety. Some burners are made with ceramic; this is an excellent material for burning incense on, they heat up slowly, so if something terrible should happen, they still offer a sort of safety net. Though we highly advise you still to follow all the words of caution and practice every necessary step needed for safety when it comes to burning incense. Some other benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Aesthetic décor
  • Great for burning resin incense
  • Effective when cleaning up
  • Safer than burning on DIY burners


Incense burners are a great way to have a piece of art that also doubles as a candle-holding device for the fragrant incense; it is easy to clean and adds ambiance. There are many ways to use your incense burner: place it at the head of your bed or on your table; put it by the window, stovetop, or by your chair to relax. You can add flowers or an arrangement of another decor to make it more elegant--we recommend buying backflow incense burnersif you are thinking about both aesthetics and aromatherapy!

Hopefully, with our blog, you now know a bit more about incense burners and how to use them. Consider leaving us a comment so we can help connect with you and answer any questions you may have regarding incense fragrances and its types.

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