How Long Incense Sticks Burn

burning incense sticks

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.

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