It’s the time of year when even those who aren’t die-hard candle lovers are firing up a candle or two. What a great disappoint it is, though, to light a candle and to begin experiencing drowning wicks…wicks that get doused out by the wax melt pool in the candle itself.
We’ve already discussed one way to save your wicks with a Q-tip. If you missed that article, be sure to read it here.
But sometimes it takes a little more work to keep those wicks alive. One way to do it is to light your wick to allow some of the wax to begin to melt or at least soften. Then take a spoon and gently scoop out some wax from around the wick. If your candle has more than one wick and the other wick(s) are fine, the job becomes a bit easier. The heat from the remaining wick(s) will be enough to soften up the wax and to begin scooping. If you are unable to keep your wick(s) lit at all, then use a lighter to gently heat the wax surface first, then begin to scoop. You may have to repeat this sequence a few times before you’re able to scoop out enough wax. It is best to scoop wax out in a wide radius to avoid the wax “walls” from later melting down and drowning out your wick again.
Here you can see where I have scooped out some soft wax from a troublesome candle. Notice in the background how one of the candle wicks is lit, while the second wick was the one that would not light.
In the following picture, you will see my candle after “the fix.” I had to scoop out a fair amount of wax from this candle to make the wicks behave. But ultimately I had success and was able to enjoy the candle!
You can use the scooped out wax in a wax warmer so that you don’t waste your wax.
Happy candle burning ~