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Candles 101
Did you know? You may need to change your wick size depending on where you live. Just like it takes more heat & longer time to cook at higher elevation, you may need to increase the size of your wick to compensate due to less oxygen.  This is more relevant at elevations above 2000 feet.   If Edmonton or Regina is your home, then the next or even 2 wick sizes up from what you would normally use at sea level in Vancouver will give you a larger flame size and burn pool.
How do you correctly “blow out” a candle? The usual way to extinguish a candle is to take a deep breath and do it in. Others even take more courage and pinch the flame with wet fingers or use a candle snuffer…..they all work, but the best way for the candle is to take a kitchen knife and bend the wick into the liquid wax pool to put it out …then stand it   straight up ready for the next light.  You won’t have any “smokey” air drifting around the room and the candle is happier because it now has a thin coat of wax on the wick ready to for the next time you want to enjoy that candle again.
Do you need to use a different wick if you add scent to your candle?
Do you need to use a different wick when adding scent to a candle?
If you are adding any scent to your candle, you usually find that you have to go up one size of  wick from what you would  normally use.  The extra oils in the scent, often need a larger wick to consume the extra ingredients.
When making a candle can you put your wick in upside down? Yes you can!...it isn’t just a piece of string your playing with.  The Square Braid (or Round Wick in Europe) and the RRD wicks have a right and wrong way of placement.  It’s all got to do with how the fibers were woven together . If you hold the wick between both hands and turn it around you will find one “side” looks a bit flatter than the other “sides” of the wick.  When you’ve found this flat side take note of the “V” weaving….and  just like the letter “V” you want the point of the “V” to head to the bottom of the candle when it’s burning.  You’ll get a hotter tip and less carbon build-up this way and not so many mushrooms!
When you light a candle, how long should you let it burn before extinguishing it? A taper candle can be stopped and started at any point….but a pillar candle or container candle needs about 2 hours of burn time to establish a good burn pool.  Otherwise you will get the tunnel of doom and wax all around the outside of the candle and big deep hole in the middle..
Why does my wick flicker when it burns? Usually the flickering is caused by the wick being too big for the candle.  The flame is starving for fuel because it’s burning it up quicker than it can melt it and you get “the pulse dance” going on.  Looks a bit like smoke signals on the next hill.  Best option is to remake your candle with a smaller wick so the flame is not so greedy and everybody get a turn at the fuel.
Wick Questions & Answers
                        Candle & Soap Making Supplies
Wicks & Wax
© The Wooded Yard, 2013

Questions? Contact Us!

Candles 101
Did you know? You may need to change your wick size depending on where you live. Just like it takes more heat & longer time to cook at higher elevation, you may need to increase the size of your wick to compensate due to less oxygen. This is more relevant at elevations above 2000 feet.   If Edmonton or Regina is your home, then the next or even 2 wick sizes up from what you would normally use at sea level in Vancouver will give you a larger flame size and burn pool.
How do you correctly “blow out” a candle? The usual way to extinguish a candle is to take a deep breath and do it in. Others even take more courage and pinch the flame with wet fingers or use a candle snuffer…..they all work, but the best way for the candle is to take a kitchen knife and bend the wick into the liquid wax pool to put it out …then stand it   straight up ready for the next light.  You won’t have any “smokey” air drifting around the room and the candle is happier because it now has a thin coat of wax on the wick ready to for the next time you want to enjoy that candle again.
When making a candle can you put your wick in upside down? Yes you can!...it isn’t just a piece of string your playing with.  The Square Braid (or Round Wick in Europe) and the RRD wicks have a right and wrong way of placement.  It’s all got to do with how the fibers were woven together . If you hold the wick between both hands and turn it around you will find one “side” looks a bit flatter than the other “sides” of the wick.  When you’ve found this flat side take note of the “V” weaving….and  just like the letter “V” you want the point of the “V” to head to the bottom of the candle when it’s burning.  You’ll get a hotter tip and less carbon build-up this way and not so many mushrooms!
When you light a candle, how long should you let it burn before extinguishing it? A taper candle can be stopped and started at any point….but a pillar candle or container candle needs about 2 hours of burn time to establish a good burn pool.  Otherwise you will get the tunnel of doom and wax all around the outside of the candle and big deep hole in the middle..
Why does my wick flicker when it burns? Usually the flickering is caused by the wick being too big for the candle.  The flame is starving for fuel because it’s burning it up quicker than it can melt it and you get “the pulse dance” going on.  Looks a bit like smoke signals on the next hill.  Best option is to remake your candle with a smaller wick so the flame is not so greedy and everybody get a turn at the fuel.
Wick Questions & Answers
Do you need to use a different wick when adding scent to a candle? If you are adding any scent to your candle, you usually find that you have to go up one size of wick from what you would normally use. The extra oils in the scent often need a larger wick to consume the extra ingredients.