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February 02, 2018

WICK SIZING GUIDE AT THE END OF THE POST, BELOW

Our standard and booster wood wicks are created with 2 wicks secured together with a thin layer of non-toxic adhesive. In this case, two single wood wicks, each with a thickness of 0.51MM are adhered together.  This provides a robust crackle and burn.  

So, why use a our Wood Wick? 

 

A test burn should achieve a full melt pool within 2-4 hours. You need to upsize the wick if you have tunneling, or the wick will not stay lit.Vegetable waxes such as soy and beeswax often work best with the doubled-up Wood Wick.  Formulations with a heavy fragrance or dye load may also require this.


Once you have chosen your wick and dip it in wax, primed, ready for lighting later.

 

Is there a difference in burning a candle with a wooden wick vs. a candle with a cotton wick? 

The answer is yes and no…

The basics of lighting and enjoying are simple and similar enough, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Most information that you’ll find suggests keeping a cotton wick trimmed to 3-5mm, and it is important to trim a wooden wick just as short.  If the wick is too long, the wax will not pull up the wick, and the flame will dim or even extinguish. 

Wooden wicks don’t “mushroom” or “bloom” – basically, that means that they don’t create a ugly black ball on the top of the wick that lingers and smokes after burning for a while.  Wooden wicks burn much cleaner, and while they don’t get the carbon build-up that needs to be trimmed off of cotton wicks, they will develop a slight amount of ash at the tip of the wick.  The ash can be easily broken off when cool before relighting or cut using a wick trimmer. 

Sometimes, if there is too much ash build-up, you will notice the flame getting smaller, but once you remove it, the flame comes right back to life.  Just be careful not to leave any debris in your candle and follow all of the standard candle burning safety guidelines.

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How to make a multiple wick candle

As always, conducting a burn test is necessary to find the correct sized wicks for your vessel, wax, and fragrance blend.

To determine a starting point for your testing, decide how many wicks you will be using. For example, if you have a 15cm diameter vessel and you want to use 3 wicks; 15cm ÷ 3 = 5cm, now use our guide to choose 3 wicks with a melt pool about 5cm each.

If you want to use 2 wicks in your 15cm vessel; 15cm ÷ 2 = 7.5cm melt pool and check the guide again.

Keep in mind, this is only a starting point for your testing, you may need tochange this depending on your test burn results.

Placement of multiple wicks depends on the shape of your vessel. If you are using a long rectangular shape, you would want the wicks to be spaced evenly down the center length of the candle. A round candle may require 2, 3, or more depending on the size and look you are trying to achieve. Just remember to always space wicks evenly from each other and the sides of the vessel and divide the overall size by the number of wicks you will be using. It takes some experimentation to get the perfect burn, but when you do, it will be well worth the effort!


wood pillar Make a Pillar with a Wood Wick 

Choose your mold, there are many different types available.  

Keep in mind most molds are made for cotton wicks so they will have a hole in the bottom.   When making a pillar candle with a wooden wick, seal off the bottom so it remains the bottom - the way your pour it, will be the way it is finished, it will not be turned up-side down.

Just like above, refer to the guide to choose your wick, this time it is preferable to have a little extra around the edge that doesn't burn. You don't want the candle wax to spill and run. Please test to get it right.

Choose your wick and dip it in wax, primed, ready for lighting later.

Pour the candle just like a container, add the wick with the stabalising tab/base. As it sets, like any other pillar, use a skewer to poke contraction holes, and fill for a flat surface once the candle has set. Trim the wood wick and wax (if you forgot to do it earlier.)

WICK DIAMETER

All wicks 13cm tall

DOUBLE PLY

  -melt pool -

9mm 45mm
12mm 60mm
16mm 75mm
20mm 90mm

BOOSTER SINGLE WITH A STRIP OF ADDED WOOD WICK

                                   -melt pool -

45mm
60mm
70mm

80mm


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