Cone Incense.

Cone incense is sold in a small can of 20+ cones, and comes with a resin or fimo cone holder inside. I recommend that you turn the metal lid of the can over and burn the incense on the lid in the holder. [There will be a picture at some point.] On a stable, fire resistant surface, away from flammable objects, of course. How many ways can I tell you to be careful? There are ways of being careful no one has even thought of yet. Imagine that.

Stick Incense.

Stick incense is sold in packages of 10+ sticks, in 2"x 12" zip lock plastic bags.

HOW INCENSE IS MADE

Stick incense is made by dipping "blanks" into fragrant oil, adding ingredients that make the oil burn evenly, and allowing to cure for at least 3 days.

The "blanks" may also be called agarbathies, punks, koh, or joss. These mainly come from India or China. The ones I use are mostly Indian and have different colors, which are coordinated with their scents. Occasionally I use ritual joss sticks, which are gold or red on the stick part, for seasonal scents like Frankincense & Myrrh.

I use a "proprietary" mixture of fragrance oils, essential oils, benzoin or gum arabic, and cane sugar in my process. I do not use DPG or Dipropylene Glycol, which is probably not really bad for you, but I like my recipe better.

The main difference between cones and sticks are how they burn. The sticks are convenient because you can stick them in a planter, or an incense holder. A wine glass or bowl with salt also makes a useful incense holder. The cone does not have a stick in the middle, so there is no wood smoke, it is all incense. When incense is not fully cured you may have to relight it. If it is really old it will not have a strong fragrance. In the package it has a shelf life of well over a year.