We discuss totally ordered monoids (or tomonoids, for short) that are commutative, positive, and finitely generated. Tomonoids of this kind correspond to certain preorders on free commutative monoids. In analogy to positive cones of totally ordered groups, we introduce direction cones to describe the preorders in question and we establish between both notions a Galois connection. In particular, we show that any finitely generated positive commutative tomonoid is the quotient of a tomonoid arising from a direction cone. We furthermore have a closer look at formally integral tomonoids and at nilpotent tomonoids. In the latter case, we modify our approach in order to obtain a description that is based on purely finitary means.