While burning incense dates back thousands of years, it was not until the Steinbach family began creating their handmade wooden smokers in the late 1600s that there was a vessel specifically handcrafted for this purpose. The original Steinbach wooden smokers were a one-piece design that had a tray next to it to place a piece of incense to ignite and fill the room with scented smoke.
It was not until the late 1700s that the incense cones we are familiar with today were developed. Soon after, Steinbach German smokers were crafted in two pieces instead of one, which allowed the incense cone to be put inside and ignited. Steinbach then began to make wooden smokers with strategically placed vents that would make them almost come to life as the incense smoke wafted out of the smoker and into the room.