The next most important thing to finding a candle you love, is to make sure to do the little things so it can perform it's best. Here are some wood wick candle care tips that will take your candle experience to the next level.
BURNING YOUR WOOD WICK CANDLEOne of the most overlooked things with burning your new candle for the first time is the length of the wick. Contrary to what most people think, having a bigger wick is not the way to go. With that said, too short and the wick will struggle to do it's job. There is a sweet spot. So here is the golden rule:
- Make sure to trim the wood wick to between 3/16" - 1/4" (4-6mm)
- On all subsequent burn, you'll want to do the same thing by removing the char on the tip of the wick, leaving behind only to required measurement
- This can be done with wick trimmers, or can be done by taking a piece of paper towel/tissue and gently breaking off the charred portion. The part that needs to come off, breaks off easily (be careful not to remove too much)
- Generally by doing this your wood wick will be in the 3/16" - 1/4" (4-6mm) range. If not, trim as needed.
- If the measurement is correct after a burn, there might not be a need to remove very much or any of the wick
- 3.75oz candle = 2-3hrs
- 8oz candle =3-4hrs
- 13oz candle = 4 hrs
QUICK CANDLE FIXES
- If the candle is flickering excessively with significant smoke, the solution is to blow out the flame, wait until it can be safely handled, and re-trim the wick to 3/16" - 1/4" (4-6mm)
- If the candle flame is too high, the solution is to blow out the flame, wait until it can be safely handled, and re-trim the wick to 3/16" - 1/4" (4-6mm)
HOW TO FIX CANDLE TUNNELINGIf you candle has tunneled fear not, it can be saved. It just takes a few minutes and you'll be good as new.
- The first step is to get rid of all the extra wax around the sides. The way we do this is by taking a heat gun, or hair drier, and melt all the extra material so it becomes a flat surface of liquid wax.
- Using some pliers, grab the top of the wood wick and gently rock it back and forth width wise, while also gently pulling up. The goal is to only pull the wick up enough that it is above the wax by about 1/4". If you bring it up a little too much that's ok. It can be trimmed after everything has cooled.
WHAT TO DO IF THE WICK GOES UNDER THE WAX LEVELNow this rarely happens on it's own, it's usually a result of the wick being cut too short. If it does happen, the fix is the exact same as the above points regarding tunneling.
- Melt the top layer of wax by taking a heat gun, or hair drier, to it.
- Grab the top of the wood wick with some pliers and gently rock it back and forth width wise, while also gently pulling up. The goal is to only pull the wick up enough that it is above the wax by about 1/4". If you bring it up a little too much that's ok. It can be trimmed after everything has cooled.
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