Choosing the right candle wicks
Wicking your candle is perhaps the most important part of candle making, but is also thought to be the most difficult, candle wicks come in various sizes it is important to chose the correct one! You must chose the correct size wick in relation to the container size. You can find the recommended container to wick size in the by clicking in the wick product page.
For soya wax we suggest our TCR range.
For paraffin waxes we suggest our LX range
For an all rounder wick we suggest our ECO range
Candle 1 is under wicked, meaning the wick is too small for the container. What is happening to this candle is known as tunnelling. Because this wick is too small, the flame is not generating enough heat. This means the wax around the edge of the container is not melting, the scent will not be properly dispersed and the candle will burn down a ‘tunnel’ to the bottom of the candle. The wick may also distinguish itself before the candle has fully melted.
Candle 3 is over wicked, meaning the wick is too large for the container. It is obvious when a candle is over wicked at first glance because the flame will be too large and will regularly flicker. The melt pool is well over 2 cm deep. The end of the wick is also ‘mushrooming.’ This is because the wick is producing excess carbon which causes the carbon to drop off into the melt pool, this will collect throughout the burn period. An over wicked candle will burn down very quickly and causes the scent to be dispersed even quicker. The container may also become very hot and could potential cause the container to crack!
Candle 2 is wicked correctly. The flame is an appropriate size and doesn’t flicker. The melt pool extends to the edge of the container. The wick has no carbon build up. The melt pool is just over 1 cm deep… This candle will burn cleanly, last much longer, disperse fragrance gently… Perfect!