Frankincense production made easy

When it comes to frankincense, most think of the tree Magi or the Christmas Mass in the church. But did you know that our Tietjen mills also play an important role in the production of frankincense?

Since March 2019 our VDK4 is not only used for the fine grinding of feed, fish feed or wood, but also to simplify the production of frankincense.
In one of the oldest monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece, where frankincense has been produced for centuries, stands now also a Tietjen hammer mill. The monastery is located on a small peninsula in the north-east of Greece that is nowadays separated by a long fence from the mainland and thus only accessible by boat. What used to be painstakingly handcrafted by the monks has been relieved for several months by our Tietjen VDK4. The mill is thus the first plant for the professional production of frankincense. Frankincense is the resin of the frankincense tree (Boswellia), which is dried by air and then harvested. The thumb-sized resin lumps are then further processed. The frankincense is yellowish to white and must be grounded extremely carefully, as it tends to get lumpy at high temperatures. This is where our VDK4 comes in. Despite the difficult manufacturing process, the use of our mill technology has enabled us to grind the raw materials efficiently while guaranteeing consistently high quality.

Pilgrims are welcome at the monastery.

Do you have any further questions about this project? Then just write an e-mail to Mr. Karsten Frese (

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