Incense Sticks VS Cones
Many people who are new to burning incense sticks or cones are often overwhelmed by the many available choices and variations. While they are obviously quite similar in nature and effect, and your ultimate decision is purely personal preference, there are some key differences which you are going to want to keep in mind when deciding between the two.
We're going to discuss some of the differences below:
The traditional and more common form of incense would be the incense stick. These are preferred by most people because they are easier to light, have a more even scent dispersion, and often burn for a longer period of time then incense cones. This is due to incense sticks having a lower lit surface area. The other thing to keep in mind is that many incense manufacturers only make their best incense in stick form. This is because it is easier to incorporate ingredients into incense sticks. It is not unusual for incense sticks to have a higher percentage of resins and natural plant materials. Due to this, and the overall larger size of sticks, sometimes the incense stick variety can smell stronger, but it really depends on the incense manufacturer.
Many people prefer incense cones over incense sticks for various reasons. Although they both have their pros and cons, many people dislike how incense sticks produce ash which falls over the surrounding area. When you burn an incense cone, once placed on a heat safe surface, the ash will typically keep it's shape while it burns. Many people find this much easier to clean up. They also have a difference in how the scent is disbursed. You light an incense cone at the top, in a similar way to a stick, but unlike a stick, the surface area of a cone gradually increases as it burns down. This means that towards the middle or end of the incense burning, the scent which is released gradually increases. This can be a love it or hate it type of thing, and personal preference is key.