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Incense has remained quite popular throughout history. Not much has changed in it’s formulation or it’s composition. However, nowadays many of us live in modern homes fit with smoke alarms or smoke detectors. These alarms make loud beeping noises to alert the home owner of a potential fire or sometimes carbon monoxide. A few decades ago, you used to have to turn your smoke alarm off before lighting an incense stick in the house. Many people would avoid the hassle and burn their incense sticks outside instead, which wasn’t always quite as convenient.

The smoke detectors which are made nowadays are often less sensitive and can better detect an active threat from a passive threat. However, your incense may still set the smoke alarm off anyways. A key component of this situation is the proximity of the smoke. It is advised to burn your incense sticks in a separate room, away from the smoke alarm, although that may not be an issue if you have a modern smoke alarm. If you open up a window, it may dilute the scent, but it may also dilute the smoke enough for your smoke alarm to remain silent.

Keep in mind that some incense sticks are different sizes, contain different ingredients, or different fragrances. Some of these may produce more smoke than others and your results may vary depending on what you are actually burning. Most people find that they can find a way to burn incense in their home without the same problems they had in the past.

If you’re looking for a good incense stick, we recommend Fresh Rain by Wild Berry.


Burn incense away from direct contact with your smoke alarm or detector, preferably in a sealed room with an open window, and you shouldn’t have any problems. If you have a real old model smoke alarm, you might want to replace it with a more modern one, and ignore the real cheap ones.