Which is the right candle wicks?
Wicking is the perhaps the most challenging and the most important aspect of candle making. The most important aspect of wicking is getting the correct width candle wick to burn to the edge of the candle.
See the image below.
Candle 1 is ‘under wicked.’ This means wick is too small in width for the size of the container. The melt pool will not reach the edge of the glass and all the wax will not melt. This is known as ‘tunnelling.’ When a candle tunnels, the fragrance does not effectively disperse and the flame can potentially extinguish itself.
Candle 3 is ‘over wicked.’ This means the wick is too large in width for the size of the container. This will cause the candle to melt too fast, the wick will produce carbon build up known as ‘mushrooming’ or ‘sooting’ and the excess heat could cause the container to over heat and crack. An over wicked candle can be spotted by a melt pool deeper than 1 cm and a large flickering flame.
Candle 2 is wicked correctly. The melt pool is roughly 1 cm deep, the melt pool just reaches the edged of the container, the flame is stable and not too large.
For vegetable waxes we suggest our TCR Series Wick
For paraffin waxes we suggest our LX Series Wick
For an all rounder wick we suggest our ECO Wicks
For each wick, we have a size chart to help you select the correct size.
For candles taller than 12 cm in height, we suggest our Raw ECO Wicks, you can cut these wicks to size and then attach your sustainer.