Wood Wick Tips

Embrace the cozy charm of wood wick candles for a truly delightful ambiance, but don't worry if you're new to them – we've got you covered with some helpful tips to ensure a wonderful candle experience!

The First Burn - Setting the Stage

  1. Keep the Wick Trimmed: Your new candle has been trimmed and is ready for your first burn. The goal of the trim is to ensure the wood wick pulls up enough wax to keep a steady burn. The length of your wick is important because it's the wax, not the wood, that fuels the flame! The wick should be short enough to draw up the wax but not too short that the melted wax drowns the wick.
  2. Watch Out for Excessive Wax: If the candle burns too hot it can create excess wax that may extinguish the flame. If this happens, extinguish the flame and gently soak up a little of the melted wax with a paper towel or napkin, and give it a little time to ensure the wax has solidified before relighting.
  3. Avoid Tunneling: To prevent tunneling, allow your candle to burn for 2-4 hours on its first use. This creates a full melt pool, where the entire surface is melted wax. Skipping this step may lead to a tunnel forming around the wick, making it harder for the wax to melt further in future burns.

Subsequent Burns - Keeping the Magic Alive

  1. Wick Trimming: Trim your wick to 1/16"-1/8" before each burn. This keeps the flame in check and ensures an optimal burn.
  2. Tunneling: If your candle tunnels, light it and let it burn for several hours until a full melt pool develops. Patience is key; the flame may become small, but it'll get there. If your wood wick won't stay lit due to a tunnel, gently soak up excess wax to help your wick breathe again. If tunneling occurs and doesn't correct itself through subsequent burns, I recommend scraping the elevated wax with a butter knife or similar to give your wood wick a fresh start.
  3. Keep the Wax Clean: Remember, the wax fuels the flame, not the wood. A clean wick is crucial to draw the wax up to the flame efficiently. After trimming the wick, turn the candle upside down to remove any debris before lighting

By following these simple tips, you can fully enjoy the soothing crackle and beautiful glow of your wood wick candle. If you ever encounter any issues or have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us – we're here to help you make the most of your candle journey!

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