How to look after your woodwick candle

Best Practice

Wood wick candles are fun and a bit different to cotton wicks, they give off a gentle crackle and unique flicker when burned.  This creates a cosy ambience.  Wood Wicks burn a little differently too

and here are a few common issues.

First Burn:

How to light your candle - tilt on an angle and let the flame draw across the length of the wick.  It may take a little time to light, but the heat needs to draw the wax through the wick before it will really start to burn nicely.

This is very important - give your candle enough time to develop a melt pool of wax that goes right to the edge of the jar - this can take couple of hours, but will be worth it.

Believe it or not your candle has a "wax memory" and once a burning pattern has been established, it can be hard to change.

If you don't allow your candle enough time to form a full melt pool to the edge of your jar on the first burn, a little depression or "tunnel" may start to form around the wick.  Eventually the tunnel will become too deep for fresh oxygen to flow in, and your candle will have trouble staying lit for more than short periods of time.

To prevent this issue, make sure you give your candle enough time to develop a melted wax pool that goes all the way to the edge of the jar the first time you use it.

If you candle starts to produce a black soot the likely cause is that the wick is too long.  Extinguish candle and trim wick the the correct height and trim off any charred wood.

The next burn:

To get the most out of your candle burn the candle to form a full melt pool each time, you will keep your candle looking great, smelling great and burning evenly.

Keep your wood wick trimmed:

For optimal burn, keep your wood wick trimmed to about 1/8" 5mm, and clean off any burnt wood from previous use.  Apart from tunneling the other reason your wood wick may not stay lit is probably because the wick is too long, or it needs to be trimmed clean of charred material. Remember its not the wood fueling your candle's flame its the wax.  The flame is drawing the wax upwards through the wick, so if its not trimmed short and clean, the wax can't make it to the flame.

You could use an old pair of nail clippers to trim the wood wick making sure you clear any charred wood too.  This should be done when the candle is cold, ideally before lighting.

How to resolve a candle that's tunneling:

First option is to give your candle a long burn to the edge of the container to reset the wax.  The flame height may vary, but as long is still burn it should create a wax melt pool to the edge of the container, just be patient.

If your candle won't stay lit because it is drowning in wax, extinguish the candle and using a paper towel soak up some of the excess was.  Then wait a minute or so and relight and repeat until your wick has room to breathe!

Remember prevention is better than cure - if you've followed the best practice mentioned above, your wood wick candles should burn nicely.

We hope you found these burning tips helpful!

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Potters Bar



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