This is an odd incense burner. It is much stranger looking in person. The lid is huge and the base is deeply angled such that the whole thing can tip over quite easily. Much to my fear, the cone I tried to burn in it went out quickly. There isn’t enough air circulation to keep it lit. I haven’t tried to burn a stick yet. But, regardless, an incense burner should do what it says it can do. Nippon Kodo does accept returns, but they don’t pay for postage. I will have to pay to return this l, which is silly. Thankfully, I have had much better results with other Nippon Kodo products.