Tips and tricks for burning and taking care of your wooden wick candle
Wooden wicks have a calming crackle, flickering flame, and create a super cozy ambience to any space. They can be tricky when first used, but when taken care of and burned properly, they are so worth it. Most of the issues are easy to avoid and overcome by following these tips.
Tip #1: The first burn is important
Your candle has a wax memory based off the first burn. Make sure you allow your candle to create a full melt pool to the edges of the jar. This can take from 2-4 hours. "Tunneling" can occur if you do not. Only light your candle if you have time to keep it burning this long.
Tip #2: Trim your wick
Wax is the fuel to your wooden wick. In order for your candle to pull the wax up the wick to fuel the flame, they need to be trimmed to 1/8"-3/16" every burn. You can do this by using your fingertips, nail clippers or a wick trimmer to remove the charred black bits off the wick.
Tip #3: Lighting your wick
Wooden wicks are different than cotton wicks and can take longer to light. Just like starting a fire, hold a lighter or match to the wick for several seconds until the flame catches. Tilt the jar while lighting so the flame fully travels across the wick.
Other tips and tricks:
- Do not burn your candle longer than 4 hours.
- Stop using candle when there is only 1/2" of wax left.
- Never leave your candle unattended.
- If you trim your wick too short, it may cause the wick to drown in wax. The wick will not stay lit or have a a weak flame. To help fix this, you can extinguish your candle and use a paper towel to soak up some excess wax. Relight your candle and repeat if needed.
- If your candle has started to tunnel, give it a good long burn until all the wax is melted to the edge of the jar, and you’ve effectively “reset” the memory of the wax. Be patient, this may take a while.
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