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German Christmas Smokers -Räuchermännchen History & Where to Buy One!

German Christmas Smokers -Räuchermännchen History & Where to Buy One!

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German Christmas Smokers may look like a toy, or a simple decoration that goes on the mantle, my wooden Smoker Snowman does more, he is an incense burner… a Räuchermännchen. (Sadly, over the years, his pipe was lost, so now we just pretend he’s outside breathing cold air). This type of Christmas decoration is fairly common in most German households… and they different types of Smokers- Räuchermännchen are collected by many people.

German smoker incense burner

What are German Christmas Smokers?

For thousands of years, incense has been treasured. This precious commodity was traded and sold for vast sums of money. As precious as gold, it was even brought to the infant Jesus as a gift from the Three Wise Men.  Incense has been historically used to cleanse evil spirits, and to make the world a better smelling place. In the early 1800s, carvers in the Erzgebirge began carving Räuchermännchen or Smokers to burn incense during the holiday season. They were meant to symbolize the gifts brought on the Epiphany Jan. 6, as well as clear out the spirits of the previous year.

German Incense Smoker Winterchild Santa Claus - 20cm / 8inch - Hubrig VolkskunstGerman Incense Smoker Winterchild Santa Claus – 20cm / 8inch – Hubrig VolkskunstGerman Incense Smoker Winterchild Santa Claus - 20cm / 8inch - Hubrig Volkskunst

 

Christmas Smokers Germany

Once made from dough or paper mache, Smokers are now carved people made from wood.  Some look like Santa or other Christmas characters, but many are carved to look like everyday people who you would find in a typical German village; a Baker, a Wine Maker or a Fisherman.  Some are just made from wood, but others have metal or fur details to make them extra special. Puffs of sweet smelling smoke will come out of the smoker’s mouth… making it look like he’s smoking (generally, they all have pipes to complete the effect).

KWO Wood Gnome German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Germany NewKWO Wood Gnome German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Germany NewKWO Wood Gnome German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Germany NewRichard Glaesser Oma Opa Mini Smoker Made in GermanyRichard Glaesser Oma Opa Mini Smoker Made in GermanyRichard Glaesser Oma Opa Mini Smoker Made in GermanyKWO Baker Cakes Breads German Smoker SMK210X03KWO Baker Cakes Breads German Smoker SMK210X03KWO Baker Cakes Breads German Smoker SMK210X03

(Also, I understand that many people find smoking to be a bad habit, and don’t want to glorify it… keep in mind, these are decorations from another time and place… an incense burning Santa will probably not send your child running to get a pack of cigarettes. If you are still concerned… there are other types of smokers, like a Woman holding a Bowl of Steaming Dumplings, a House with Smoke Coming from the Chimney, and a Dragon!.)

 

 

Unlike the fancy nutcrackers that really shouldn’t be used for cracking nuts... a smoker can be used again and again. The smokers have a spot where a cone of Christmas Incense can be inserted. It often has a metal plate to shield the wood from heat damage. They are safe to have around the home, although I wouldn’t leave one burning if I was going to leave the house.

Many of the best known wood carving companies in the Erzgebirge make Smokers. Steinbach, KWO, Richard Glaesser and Christian Ulbricht. With so many styles to choose from, you can find the perfect smoker for you… and your friends.

These sweet smelling Christmas Decorations can be enjoyed for years to come!

Dregano Wooden Natural Cabin Smoker Candleholder Made in GermanyDregano Wooden Natural Cabin Smoker Candleholder Made in GermanyDregano Wooden Natural Cabin Smoker Candleholder Made in Germany

Find the Perfect German Smoker for your Home

Whether you like a Santa, a Toy Maker, a traditional Bavarian… or even a dragon… there are loads of beautiful German Smokers available.

KWO Toy Vendor German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyKWO Toy Vendor German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyKWO Toy Vendor German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyKWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Smoker - Approx 7.25 in Tall - ...KWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Smoker – Approx 7.25 in Tall – …KWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Smoker - Approx 7.25 in Tall - ...KWO Red Santa German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyKWO Red Santa German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyKWO Red Santa German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in Erzgebirge GermanyGardner Rake German Smoker SMK210X40Gardner Rake German Smoker SMK210X40Gardner Rake German Smoker SMK210X40Seiffener Volkskunst German incense smoker Dumpling Woman, height 11 cm / 4 inch, original Erzgebirge by SV 19002Seiffener Volkskunst German incense smoker Dumpling Woman, height 11 cm / 4 inch, original Erzgebirge by SV 19002Seiffener Volkskunst German incense smoker Dumpling Woman, height 11 cm / 4 inch, original Erzgebirge by SV 19002German Incense Smoker Exclusive Figure Dragon GrandpaGerman Incense Smoker Exclusive Figure Dragon GrandpaGerman Incense Smoker Exclusive Figure Dragon Grandpa

Vintage German Christmas Smokers

Find authentic German Christmas smokers perfect for the collector.

Vintage Wooden Chimney Sweep Smoker/Incense Burner, GermanVintage Wooden Chimney Sweep Smoker/Incense Burner, GermanVintage Wooden Chimney Sweep Smoker/Incense Burner, GermanVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany SmokerVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany SmokerVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany SmokerVintage Räuchermann including 1 box (24 pcs) of incense cones with pine scent | Original by KNOX GermanyVintage Räuchermann including 1 box (24 pcs) of incense cones with pine scent | Original by KNOX GermanyVintage Räuchermann including 1 box (24 pcs) of incense cones with pine scent | Original by KNOX GermanyVintage Werner Miniature Wood Figurine, Christmas Ornament, Rastelbinder, Smoker - made in Germany, Collectible, Erzgebirge, Original BoxVintage Werner Miniature Wood Figurine, Christmas Ornament, Rastelbinder, Smoker – made in Germany, Collectible, Erzgebirge, Original BoxVintage Werner Miniature Wood Figurine, Christmas Ornament, Rastelbinder, Smoker - made in Germany, Collectible, Erzgebirge, Original BoxVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany Fish Monger SmokerVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany Fish Monger SmokerVintage Christian Ulbricht West Germany Fish Monger SmokerERZGEBIRGISCHE HOLZKUNsT HUNTER Man With Dog Rifle Incense Smoker 4ERZGEBIRGISCHE HOLZKUNsT HUNTER Man With Dog Rifle Incense Smoker 4″H Vintage Hand Carved Wood Painted Erzgebirge GermanyERZGEBIRGISCHE HOLZKUNsT HUNTER Man With Dog Rifle Incense Smoker 4Vintage Ulbricht Incense Burner - W. Germany - SmokerVintage Ulbricht Incense Burner – W. Germany – SmokerVintage Ulbricht Incense Burner - W. Germany - SmokerVintage Hansel and Gretel Smoker / Incense BurnerVintage Hansel and Gretel Smoker / Incense BurnerVintage Hansel and Gretel Smoker / Incense Burner

 

German Smokers Incense

While the German Smokers Incense Burners are cute as a stand alone piece, to really make them special, you need incense.

Crottendorfer Frankincense Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyCrottendorfer Frankincense Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyCrottendorfer Frankincense Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyKNOX Cinnnamon Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyKNOX Cinnnamon Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyKNOX Cinnnamon Scented Incense Cones, Pack of 24, Made in GermanyBoxes German Incense Cones - Christmas ScentBoxes German Incense Cones – Christmas ScentBoxes German Incense Cones - Christmas ScentKnox Nuremberg German Incense Cones Variety Pack Made Germany Christmas SmokersKnox Nuremberg German Incense Cones Variety Pack Made Germany Christmas SmokersKnox Nuremberg German Incense Cones Variety Pack Made Germany Christmas SmokersKnox Heidelberg German Incense Cones Made in Germany for Christmas SmokersKnox Heidelberg German Incense Cones Made in Germany for Christmas SmokersKnox Heidelberg German Incense Cones Made in Germany for Christmas Smokers

See a Smoker in Action Here…

Still looking for a German Christmas Smoker?

There are SOOOOOOOO many to choose from!

Santa House Cabin German Smoker - Wooden - German MadeSanta House Cabin German Smoker – Wooden – German MadeSanta House Cabin German Smoker - Wooden - German MadeKWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Christmas Incense Smoker GermanyKWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Christmas Incense Smoker GermanyKWO Oktoberfest Bavarian Drinking Beer German Christmas Incense Smoker GermanyDregano Quiet Little Spot Outhouse Smoker GermanyDregano Quiet Little Spot Outhouse Smoker GermanyDregano Quiet Little Spot Outhouse Smoker GermanyKWO Beekeeper German Incense Smoker SMK215X71KWO Beekeeper German Incense Smoker SMK215X71KWO Beekeeper German Incense Smoker SMK215X71German Incense Smoker Winterchild Girl with stollen - 20cm / 8inch - Hubrig VolkskunstGerman Incense Smoker Winterchild Girl with stollen – 20cm / 8inch – Hubrig VolkskunstGerman Incense Smoker Winterchild Girl with stollen - 20cm / 8inch - Hubrig VolkskunstAlexander Taron Importer 1-667 Christian Ulbricht Incense Burner-Fir Cone Man (Natural) -4Alexander Taron Importer 1-667 Christian Ulbricht Incense Burner-Fir Cone Man (Natural) -4Alexander Taron Importer 1-667 Christian Ulbricht Incense Burner-Fir Cone Man (Natural) -4German Incense Smoker Dog lover - 16cm / 6 inch - KWOGerman Incense Smoker Dog lover – 16cm / 6 inch – KWOGerman Incense Smoker Dog lover - 16cm / 6 inch - KWOKWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68KWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68KWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68German Incense Smoker Pilot - 21,5 cm / 8 inch - Christian UlbrichtGerman Incense Smoker Pilot – 21,5 cm / 8 inch – Christian UlbrichtGerman Incense Smoker Pilot - 21,5 cm / 8 inch - Christian UlbrichtMini Dog Duck Hunter German Smoker Incense Burner - Made in GermanyMini Dog Duck Hunter German Smoker Incense Burner – Made in GermanyMini Dog Duck Hunter German Smoker Incense Burner - Made in Germany

 

KWO Sitting Lumberjack German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in GermanyKWO Sitting Lumberjack German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in GermanyKWO Sitting Lumberjack German Christmas Incense Smoker Handcrafted in GermanyISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus, height 23 cm/9 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus, height 23 cm/9 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus, height 23 cm/9 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenDregano Log Cabin Incense Smoker Made in GermanyDregano Log Cabin Incense Smoker Made in GermanyDregano Log Cabin Incense Smoker Made in GermanyGerman Incense Smoker Forest Ranger - 18 cm / 7 inch - Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers - KWOGerman Incense Smoker Forest Ranger – 18 cm / 7 inch – Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers – KWOGerman Incense Smoker Forest Ranger - 18 cm / 7 inch - Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers - KWO

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