How to Make Incense Sticks




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Incense sticks are used by many communities in the world daily for performing worships and for special occasion. In Asian countries used incense sticks in daily for their puja ceremonies. So it has good demand for this business. This Industry has long history and it can be setup with less investment. You require only low technology for manufacturing. Basically sticks are rolled by hands. If you can invest much money you can buy machines also. There are many different types of incense sticks used for different purposes or on different festive days.

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Step 1: You'll Need Following Things to Made Sticks

Bamboo sticks - There are two difference sizes 7" and 10"

Wood glue - In Sri Lanka and India used wood power call "patta" , "bummi powder" or Jigat power.

Charcoal powder - burning wood powder

Unburned Wood powder -sawdusts

Sandalwood powder


Perfumes - fragrance oils
Most used fragrance oils are (Perfumes)
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Mogra

Step 2: Supplying of Raw Materials

Supplying of raw materials also good small business you can start in small investment. The new generation always tries to earn money online without doing anything, but my suggestion is you have to do work to earn money yourself.

So in this industry have many opportunities to earn extra money I�ll tell steps by steps how to do its.

First you need bamboo sticks to make incense sticks.

A . How to make bamboo sticks.

You need following materials to make bamboo sticks

Bamboo tree
Hand saw
Large knife
Small knife and blades

Step 3: Bamboo Nodes

1. Bamboo trees can find out in any countries. First you have to cross cut bamboo to 10” or 7” inchers size leaving out nodes as follows,

Step 4: Split to Slats

2. Using a knife the pieces are split in to slats.

Step 5: Sliver

3. The slates are slivered using small knives or blades as this.

Step 6: Ready

Now you have to put sticks to sun-dried and ready to make incense sticks.

If you desire to do this as a business, bundled in 1 kg bundles and can sell to makers.

B. Charcoal powder - burned wood powder

This is very easy – you can collect burned wood and grind its. Coconut cell powder or bamboo burned powder are very good to use as charcoal power for sticks.

Step 7: Hand Rall

Now you need little experience to roll sticks to bamboo sticks.

first mixed the above materials to following ratio.
Wood glue + Charcoal powder +sawdusts + Sandalwood powder = 1:2:1:.5
mixed this all together and used water to prepare glue.
Handrall - Photo attached

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Step 8: Video for Making Sticks by Hand Roll and Machine

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93 Discussions


Tip 4 months ago on Introduction

Kindly provide instructions for incense sticks made from dry flowers waste from Temples.

Vijayan m

Tip 1 year ago on Step 1

Sir am interested to open a small scale production unit,can you give me some tips about the perfume making and mixing consistency of the raw materials of insects stick


1 year ago

Sir tell me please, how much raw material(bamboo sticks & primix powder) needed for 1 kg agarbatti.


2 years ago

This is the most informative description I have seen so far. Simple and impressive. I can imagine in Australia using Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea) to substitute for bamboo sticks as Xanthorrhoea has ready made hard straight sticks around which the paste can be rolled.


4 years ago on Introduction

Dear Mr.Bandara...

i am sri lankan person. now i am loss my job & like to start make incense stick as a small business. initially i like to make good (pleasant)smell incense stick. so dear if know any good formulas pls share with me . also if you know anything about make sri lankan oil incense stick pls let me know how to make it..thank you somuch if you can provide me the above details to start small business.

thanks & best regards

1 reply

4 years ago

How to make oill incense stick
Please help meee 0712393294

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Dear Mr. Bandara,

Do you know how to make oil incense sticks, it has used white usually in SriLanka, plse tell me,


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nimalpMohamed SameenA

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

dear..did you get the details of manufacture oil stick...if you know it pls share with me

best regards

Mohammed492Mohamed SameenA

Reply 3 years ago

Sir we are the manufacturers in India for oil sticks.if u want to purchase please contact me on my email


2 years ago

I can give my mobile. 0717209607.


2 years ago

I want to start a self work. If can give me some ideas and incense sticks rometirial I like join some one.


2 years ago


2 years ago

I wanted to know, how to make incense for my office work. May you give some idea to do sandalwood incense. I got some tutorial about how to do incense from sarathi website. Still i wanted more details about it. Please give some more information about making


2 years ago

Sir i want to learn to make incense stick at home by hand. Plz tell me all recipe...

Ajeet Agrawal

3 years ago

dear sir

I have started agarbatti making

with the premix material, now I have purchased wood powder, jigat powder and charcoal powder. I want to know that what quantity to be mixed so it works well in automatic machine

please guide me


3 years ago