How to burn incense sticks and cones safely

1.- Select your tray or burner
of incense stick or cone

Select your tray or incense stick or cone burner

Choose your tray o burner, your incensecone. Think about buying a incense stick hollow. These rods are made of a thin wooden stick (usually made of bamboo) covered with incense. Only a small piece of the lower part is left to the uncovered. Incense can be smooth and fine or grainy and coarse. The aroma, which is usually strong, consists of the smell of incense and from the bamboo centre by burning.

Choose your tray or burneryour incensecone. Think about buying a incense stick hollow. These rods are made of a thin wooden stick (usually made of bamboo) covered with incense. Only a small piece of the lower part is left uncovered. The incense can be smooth and fine or grainy and coarse. The aroma, which is usually strong, consists of the smell of incense and from the bamboo centre by burning.

2.- Find a suitable location
where to burn the incense stick.

Find a suitable place to burn the incense stick.

Since the incense sticks that you will place in the incense burner give off a lot of smoke, you will have to burn them in a well-ventilated room. At the same time, however, you must keep them away from the open windows or doors, where there is a strong draught, since this could switch them off. Make sure there is no non-flammable, as curtains or sheets, near the incense. Also, make sure that there is no children exposed to smoke, as they are more vulnerable.

Since the incense sticks that you will place in the incense burner give off a lot of smoke, you will have to burn them in a well-ventilated room. At the same time, however, you must keep them away from the open windows or doors, where there is a strong draught, since this could switch them off. Make sure there is no non-flammable, as curtains or sheets, near the incense. Also, make sure that there is no children exposed to smoke, as they are more vulnerable.

3.- Light the tip of the incense stick.

Turn on the tip of
the incense stick

Once a suitable location has been found, go to the tip of the incense stick. You can do this with a match or a lighter. Hold the rod in the flame until it ignites.

Once you have found a suitable place, light the tip of the incense stick.

Once a suitable location has been found, go to the tip of the incense stick. You can do this with a match or a lighter. Hold the rod in the flame until it ignites.

Once you have found a suitable place, light the tip of the incense stick.

4.- Let the flame burn for about 10 seconds.

Let the flame burn for about 10 seconds.

It may go out on its own, and if it does, look at the tip of the incense stick. If you can see an ember glowing in the censer, incense will be burning properly. If you do not see nothing and the tip has ashes, you will have to switch it back on.

It may go out on its own, and if it does, look at the tip of the incense stick. If you can see an ember glowing in the censer, incense will be burning properly. If you do not see nothing and the tip has ashes, you will have to switch it back on.

5.- Insert the stick of incense

Insert the incense stick

Whether on a tray, a burner or in the cone. If you are using a hollow incense stick, place the wooden tip in the container. However, if you use a solid rod, no matter which end you insert into the tray or burner. Most burners or trays hold the rod in place in a way that vertical. If yours holds the incense inclined, make sure that the tip not to be left out. If this happens, cut the incense stick or place the incense burner on a heat-resistant tray.

Whether on a tray, a burner or in the cone. If you are using a hollow incense stick, place the wooden tip in the container. However, if you use a solid rod, no matter which end you insert into the tray or burner. Most burners or trays hold the rod in place in a way that vertical. If yours holds the incense inclined, make sure that the tip not to be left out. If this happens, cut the incense stick or place the incense burner on a heat-resistant tray.

6.- Let the stick of incense
burn until it is extinguished

Let the incense stick burn until it goes out.

Most of the incense sticks are consumed between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the size and thickness.

Most incense sticks burn for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size and thickness.

In addition to all these steps, we recommend using natural incense instead of synthetic incense. To differentiate between them, there are a few keys:

  • Country of origin: Incense originating in China, Thailand and Indonesia are usually those of lower quality. On the other hand, those coming from the India have both bad (industrially created) products and excellent handmade products, which are the ones we distribute.
  • Colour: Incense natural are not usually very colourful, unlike the synthetics.
  • The aroma: The scent of the natural incense, is generally more subtle. That of the synthetics more penetrating.

Most of the incense sticks are consumed between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the size and thickness.

Most incense sticks burn for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size and thickness.

In addition to all these steps, we recommend using natural incense instead of synthetic incense. To differentiate between them, there are a few keys:

  • Country of origin: Incense originating in China, Thailand and Indonesia are usually those of lower quality. On the other hand, those coming from the India have both bad (industrially created) products and excellent handmade products, which are the ones we distribute.
  • Colour: Incense natural are not usually very colourful, unlike the synthetics.
  • The aroma: The scent of the natural incense, is generally more subtle. That of the synthetics more penetrating.

7.- Main properties and characteristics
of Burning Incense Sticks and Incense Cones

Main properties and characteristics
of Burning Incense Sticks and Incense Cones

  • To extinguish reflux incense cones, it is advisable to immerse them in water.
  • The recommended method of collecting the ashes is to tilt the entire cone.
  • Be sure to place the cone on a heat-resistant and non-flammable surface.
  • To burn sticks, place them in an incense-holder and hang the tip of the stick.
  • Stick incense such as Japanese incense requires a specific holder.
  • For spiral incense, a container larger than the coil is needed.
  • To extinguish reflux incense cones, it is advisable to immerse them in water.

  • The recommended method of collecting the ashes is to tilt the entire cone.

  • Be sure to place the cone on a heat-resistant and non-flammable surface.

  • To burn sticks, place them in an incense-holder and hang the tip of the stick.

  • Stick incense such as Japanese incense requires a specific holder.

  • For spiral incense, a container larger than the coil is needed.

Properties of Quemar
Incense Sticks & Cones

Properties of
Burning rods and
Incense Cones

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