There are many factors which help decide how long an incense stick burns.
Factors as such:
- The ingredients the incense stick is made from.
- The length of the incense stick.
- The airflow in the room.
- The angle of the incense stick.
Generally though, incense sticks from certain regions have unique qualities and will therefor have unique burn times.
Indian Incense Sticks
Average burn time: 30 to 60 minutes
Indian sticks often incorporate dense resins and plant extracts. They are typically placed around bamboo sticks. This causes them to burn for a bit longer then many other incense varieties.
Japanese Incense Sticks
Average burn time: 15 to 25 minutes.
Although the burn time for Japanese incense can sometimes be higher if the incense incorporates resinous agarwood, or if the larger-sized sticks are used..
Japanese incense sticks don’t use a bamboo core, and instead are comprised of pressed plant material. They are also typically smaller in size then Indian incense varieties.
Tibetan Incense Sticks
Average burn time: 20 to 30 minutes.
Tibetan incense sticks are similar to Japanese incense sticks, in that hey do not incorporate a bamboo core. However, Tibetan incense sticks are typically a bit thicker and smell quite different (more earthy) then Japanese varieties.
Hand-Dipped Incense sticks
Average burn time: 45 to 60 minutes.
Hand-dipped incense sticks are blank incense sticks which the manufacturers dipped into essential oil or fragrance blends.
These incense sticks are often quite wet, and therefor can often burn for a while.
Charcoal & Resin Incense Sticks
Average burn time: 45 to 120 minutes.
Charcoal & resin based incense sticks can vary a lot in composition, but some can burn up to 2 hours long.
This article was updated on 07/31/2020.