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September 27, 2019 2 min read

Theory of the Backflow Incense Burner


A properly lit backflow incense cone emits a pleasant scents in a room. The sweet scents can drift you to sleep faster and also uplift your moods. In addition to the charming fragrances, it also completes the decoration of your meditation or bedroom.

Incense is aromatic and biotic material that releases fragrant smoke when burned. The term refers to the material itself, rather than to the aromas that it produce. Incense is generally used for aesthetic reasons, and in therapy, meditation, and ceremony. It may also be used as a simple and good deodorant or insectifuge.

We're all familiar with incense, you know, the things your grandma would always have burning in the house when you visited for the holidays. Typically, they come in the form of a stick coated with some tacky, aromatic substance but marginally lesser known, incense also may also come in the form of small cones made of the very same tacky, aromatic substances. The only difference is presentation and burning time. I always preferred the cones because they keep their ashes all nice and tidy where-as the sticks will drop their excrement anywhere they want. Not so pleasant anymore. Moving on, one day as I was perusing the .com wonderland known as eBay for affordable incense holders, I stumbled upon a bunch of strange waterfalls and dragon heads with smoke pouring out of them. At first, I thought it was just some Photoshop trickery until I did a little more research and discovered they were called "Backflow Incense Burners" and upon queuing YouTube, it was confirmed that they are in fact real! But what bothered me was that we all know that heat and subsequently, smoke rises and here are these little passive contraptions breaking the laws of Physics! I had to figure out what was going on here so I picked out a back flow that I liked and then had to find the right cones for it. What made these cones "right" was the simple fact that there is a hole drilled into the base of the cone to allow the smoke to flow down into the arteries of the burner. That's it! 


  • Burning Incense Cones
  • Light the tip of the incense cones.
  • Gently extinguish the flame by blowing or fanning.
  • Place on/in a incense cone burner with point facing up or in a bowl

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