Follow these simple tips to ensure you are looking after your wooden wick candle, and you’ll get the best use out of your candle (and a nice empty clean glass at the end of it!)…
1) The first burn is the most important
- Always light your candle for long enough on the first burn to ensure the melted wax has reached the edge of the glass.
- This will prevent ‘tunnelling’ (or wasted wax which doesn’t melt and remains around the edge of the glass).
- You’ll experience best burn results when your candle remains lit for 3-4 hours.
It’s really important to note that with wooden wicks the flame height might vary at times, and occasionally appear to self-extinguish - this is totally normal. Even if you are experiencing a ‘low’ flame, it should continue to heat the wax and if left to burn the flame height should return.
2) Care for your wooden wick
- Always light your wooden wick from the base, closest to the wax, and ensure the full wick is alight.
- Lighting the wick from the top could result in the wood burning itself out before reaching the wax.
- Due to the nature of wooden wicks you shouldn’t need to trim them often. The only exception is if your flame is reaching over 25mm, or if the candle is smoking at all.
If you do need to trim your wick we would recommend trimming it to 5mm by gently breaking off the blackened edges with a cloth, when the flame is extinguished and the wax has been left to cool.
3) burn your candle within sight
- Always place your candle on a flat, heat-resistant surface, away from draughts which can reduce burn time and cause uneven burning.
- Only ever move your candle once the flame is extinguished and the wax has cooled.
Pouring or removing liquid wax from the vessel could cause the wick to extinguish or “drown” in the wax and affect the future burn quality of the candle.
That’s it, it really is as simple as that! We hope that’s helped, but if you ever have any questions about candle care, or about anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!
Take care (of yourself, not just your candles!),