The Wood Wick Guide

Wooden wick candles are fantastic and we love making them!  Not only do they look cool but there is a bit of crackle from the natural wood wick.  Sometimes wood wicks need a little extra care, so hopefully, these tips will help you get the longest burn out of your candle. 

The first burn is the most important.

The first time you light your candle you must give your candle enough burning time to develop a melt pool that spreads all the way to the edge of the container.  This may take a few hours depending on the size of the candle. Please don't burn any of your candles for longer than 4 hours at a time.  After you've established a good consistent melt pool you won't have to burn your candle to the edge every time you light it (but I would still recommend doing so).  If you don't enjoy burning your candles for long periods of time than smaller jars with smaller diameters may be right for you. 

Candles, particularly soy candles, have a "wax memory." That means it can be hard to change a burning pattern once one has been established, leading to tunneling: where the wax never melts on the edge. This is why it's so important to have a good first burn. Tunneling makes it more difficult for wax around the outer edges of the jar to melt so your candle will either burn straight down and waste tons of wax or just go out altogether because fresh oxygen can't flow in.

If your candle won't stay lit because your wick is drowning in its own wax pool you can try using a paper towel to soak up some of the extra wax, or carefully pour into the trash bin: but never the sink.  Keep doing this until the wick has a little room to breathe.  DO NOT start to scrap chunks of wax out of the middle of the candle.  This will only make your problem worse in the long run as it will increase the likelihood of tunneling. Your goal is to reset the wax pool so it burns to the edge of the jar again, letting the flame from the center work its way out.   If neither of these options work and your candle is still extremely tunneled... you are... probably out of luck.  You can still enjoy your candle by warming it on wax warmer (the solution of candle loving college students in dorms everywhere).

 

Our room sprays are a great alternative for college dorms as well!  

The most common problem I see in pictures of misbehaving candles is an untrimmed wick. Untrimmed wicks lead to tunneling.  For the best burn, keep your wick trimmed to about 1/4" and make sure to clean off any burnt black crunchy bits from the last burn that are curling over itself.  You can use an old set of nail trimmers, our wick trimmers, or just use your fingers to pinch off the edges. Be sure to trim your wicks after the wax has re-hardened from the last burn so you can just shake any wick pieces into the trash and they don't get stuck in your melt pool.

​LIGHTING THE FIRE

Lighting a wood wick candle is a bit different than lighting our traditional cotton wicks.  When lighting your candle tilt it on an angle and let the flame travel across the length of the wick so the whole wick is burning evenly.  the first burn may require a longer match or a lighter to get the fuel started in the wick.  It may take more than once to light your wick, especially on the first go.  There's no harm in trying again or if the wick looks too long be sure to trim it down a bit before firing it up.  Your wick shouldn't produce smoke or soot.  If it is that means it needs to be trimmed, and this is the easiest indication that your wick needs to be trimmed.

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&Sundries is not responsible for poorly burned candles.  We will do our best to help troubleshoot or save your candle if you bring it to the shop.  Please burn your candles on a flat heat resistant surface away from drafts, pets, & children.  Always burn your candles in sight, and follow all warnings located on the bottom of the candle.