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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-23-2019 04:08 PM 1017 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ran across videos of backflow incense burners so I tried to make one to see how it would work. I had never seen smoke go “down” before. I wanted to make one that would be like a waterfall with three river rocks stacked over a blue pool.
I used Jarrah wood for the top and the bottom and a brass insert to hold the cone and to keep the wood from being burned. I have two different sized steps in the insert for the 2 incense cone diameters.
I have six holes in the wood piece under the brass thinking the smoke would come out evenly, but it goes to the lowest point because I could not get the rocks and the top perfectly level.
I used a diamond core drill with the rock submerged in water to put the holes in them. They came out off center from having to take them out often to break out the core that was left from each drilling. I plugged the holes with wood and it was easier to control the holes after that using a smaller diameter dowel to string them up on.
I poured blue epoxy resin in the base but I guess I should have painted the bottom white to better show the color ( next time !! )

I tried regular small cones and drilled holes in the bottom but the backflow cones produce more smoke and last about 3 times longer.
The wood is finished with satin lacquer.
I added the following video to show it working:

Cheers, Jim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJz7_w1qqy0

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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lew

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#1 posted 06-23-2019 04:26 PM

That is really neat! Watched the video and still can’t believe smoke can go down hill, without a fan!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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leafherder

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#2 posted 06-23-2019 04:28 PM

Never tell anyone that you tried to get it even – they will never know the difference. Waterfalls are rarely even and smoke flowing down is more mystical anyway so just accept the compliments as they come Good Job! Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 06-24-2019 12:23 AM

Amazing Jim, i thought for a minute you were defeating the laws of science with smoke not rising until I saw the funnel at the top.
Great project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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swirt

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#4 posted 06-24-2019 01:36 AM

Now that is very cool. Haven’t seen the falling incense before. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 06-24-2019 02:55 AM

Very cool Jim! First time seeing falling incense!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Ivan

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#6 posted 06-24-2019 06:59 AM

I’ve never seen something like this…looks pretty interesting! You replicated very well!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 06-24-2019 08:41 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. Who would have thought smoke would go down ??? I tested it on a block of wood with a hole in it before making this and I was amazed!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 06-24-2019 08:49 PM

consider my mind blown GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-24-2019 11:12 PM

Thanks, Tony. That is how I felt when I first saw one of these working!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Cliff

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#10 posted 06-25-2019 02:17 AM

That is amazing Jim…I was quite intrigued by it.

Cliff

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-25-2019 11:14 AM

Thanks, Cliff!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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bushmaster

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#12 posted 06-27-2019 12:10 PM

Thats very interesting, watched the video. more one to do list. Will have to learn more about this one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-27-2019 02:25 PM

Thanks, Brian. You’ll have to make one! They are so cool but I still don’t understand why the smoke goes “down”

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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