One of the beauties of candles is the ability to create ambiance – the soft/gentle light that a candle can produce can often set the mood or tone for an evening. There is something about a controlled flame that draws us in. The same can be said of a fireplace, with the addition of sound to the mix. The crackle, crackle, pop, pop while sitting next to a fire can be pure bliss. Enter the idea of a wooden wicked candle…a candle that has a piece of wood as the wick instead of a traditional braided wick. How ingenious!
When burning a wooden wick candle, it’s important to remember that the flame can get fairly large, especially on the first burn. That’s the nature of these candles, so keep that in mind. You will still need to trim the wick, but you do not want to trim it too short. The easiest way to trim these types of wicks is with a nail clipper. If you don’t have nail clippers, try a pair of scissors or a wick trimmer. It will be a little more difficult with these tools, however, because the wooden wick is thicker than your standard wick. (Some manufacturers do state that their wooden wicks do not need to be trimmed. Always follow the recommendations from the candle manufacturer. However, we have found that most wooden wicks benefit from a trim or two to keep the flame from getting out of control.)
For the first burn, however, you don’t typically want to trim the wick (unless the manufacturer has left the wick quite high). Light the wooden wick down toward the bottom, where the wax meets the wick. After the first burn, you can light it from the top of the wick. When you see the flame dancing too high, extinguish the candle and trim the wick. Once the flame is out, you will see charred pieces of wood on the top of the wick…that’s what you want to trim off.
To extinguish this type of candle, place a lid or something similar over the top. Once the oxygen supply has run out, the flame will be extinguished and your room won’t be filled with smoke.
These can be great candles to burn and can give off a great scent throw (larger flames and a deeper wax melt pool). There are a number of different types of wooden wicks and also performance can vary based on the amount of dye and fragrance oil that is used. If you have tried a wooden wicked candle from one source without any luck, don’t give up! Try another vendor and see if their product might be for you.
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Happy candle burning ~