The Perfectionist’s Guide to Burning Wood Wicks

Candles made with wood wicks have become very popular, they are so fun and look so beautiful!  Just like an open fire, you can hear the crackling and see little sparks sometimes.

The wicks I use in my candles are made from high quality wood in the US.  I have done tons of testing with different types and sizes to be sure I get the best burn.  Taking into consideration the burn pool, burn time and scent throw.  But still the wicks like to do their own thing sometimes and depending on the day, the wick may burn mid-size and relaxed, or high and very lively, or low and easy.

A high flame can burn hotter and smoke a little, causing your candle to burn too fast.  A low flame might not reach the correct burn pool or decrease the scent throw. Some days I am in the mood to just let nature do it’s thing, but other days my perfectionist side chimes in and wants that perfect mid-size, relaxed flame.

So here is a tip for us perfectionists:

Is the flame too high?

1. Blow out the flame  (let it cool a bit, so you don’t burn yourself).
2. Pinch off the burned wick and scrape the top of it with your fingernail.
3.  Re-light.

Is the flame too low?

Same tip.
1. Blow out the flame  (let it cool a bit, so you don’t burn yourself).
2. Then pinch off the burned wick and scrape the top of it with your fingernail.
3.  Re-light.

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I think in the end, the only perfect way to burn your candles is just to be easy, have fun, relax and enjoy them!

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