Rolling Guide

Rolling Paper
The days of the stereotypical “pack of papers” are over. Today’s Roll Your Own (RYO) tobacco smoker wants more than harmful glues and papers that run. Modern manufacturing techniques and the growth of the natural market have lead to innovative and health conscious changes in the RYO papers. There are a variety of all natural and organic papers and sugar gums, as well as a plethora of helpful tools (from “pouch” papers to rolling trays and injection machines) to satisfy every type of RYO customer.


Size Charts & Dimensions

  • Single: 70mm, or between 1 1/2 inches – 1 3/4 inches wide
  • 1 1/4: 78mm or between 1 3/4 inches – 2 1/2 inches wide
  • 1 1/2: 79mm or between 2 inches – 3 inches wide
  • Double: between 2 1/2 inches – 3 1/2 inches wide
  • King Size: 110mm or between 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 inches wide

General RYO Information

  • In America, Our Standard Size RYO (and fastest sellers) are 1 ¼ inch
  • Unrefined = Unbleached (no whitening, bleaching agents, etc)
  • Gum = Glue Line (where you lick to seal and close the papers)

Rolling Machines

There are 2 main categories of RYO machines: hand rollers & injectors

Hand Rollers:
Hand rollers are cheap and effective machines which are often branded with an accompanying paper manufacturer. Brand loyalty creates an easy up sell between the two products. These are the standard rolling machines which have been in the industry for over 50 years. The basic concept:

Filter and Tobacco in Vinyl Sleeve:
A cigarette roller provides a uniform, hand-rolled cigarette that is easy for most smokers to achieve. Unlike clumsy, hand-rolled cigarettes that a novice may find difficult to roll, a cigarette roller can be used by nearly anyone, saves time, and can generate more cigarettes quickly. It is composed of a plastic frame, two plastic spindles or rollers, and a vinyl sleeve. The sleeve is looped over the spindles, and can be changed if it becomes worn.

Over the years modifications have been made to create new and easier hand rolling machines such as the Zen Automatic Roller. Using the same concept as a hand roller, the Zen box uses the motion and force of the lip opening and closing to roll the sleeve through the spindles. This creates a uniformed cigarette every time and creates a talking point as it has a cool and unique feature by having the rolled cigarette pop out the top.

Machine Injectors:
For the serious RYO smoker, there are machine injectors. These RYO products work by literally injecting the tobacco filling into premade, hollow cigarette tubes. There are 2 main sub categories of machine injectors: Shooters (Staplers) and Cigarette Machines

Also known as the staplers for their similar appearance to the office supply. Raise the upper portion, load the hollow tube over the spindle/needle, load the tobacco in the designated area, pull the top portion down and out will “shoot” a perfectly compacted, professional looking cigarette.

Cigarette Machines:
These are heavy duty metal machines designed to roll thousands of cigarettes. Many come with warranties as these machines have longevity. Load the tobacco is the compartment on top, place the hollow tube over the spindle/needs, then turn the hand cranks to inject and compact the perfect cigarette. Many roll multiple sizes.