TLC for your Wooden Wick

Why won’t my wood wick candle re-light? No worries! This is a common issue with wood wick candles and can easily be resolved.

Just like anything in nature, wood wicks can be temperamental. All of our wood wicks are made from native, sappy fruit trees and sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSA) certified mills. They throw a lovely wide flame producing a ‘natural’ crackling sound when burning, however, due to the unique timber, they can vary in thickness and grain. Relying on the natural properties of wood, means that the flame may vary as the grain may not provide a perfect flow. If your candle goes out, it has likely come across a ‘glitch’ in the grain, and relighting will generally move you past this. Sometimes 2 or 3 lightings may be required.

Despite these variances, traditional cotton wicks just don’t have the same unique burning experience that wood wicks do. Who doesn’t love listening to the crackle of a wood fire?

So because wood wicks are quite different to the standard cotton wick, it helps to have a few tricks in mind.

It is recommended that you always ensure that the first time you burn your candle you allow it to burn completely to the edge of the jar. This is called a ‘ full melt pool’. Container candles can develop a ‘memory’ and can tunnel down through the centre of the candle if a full melt pool is not achieved on the first burn. This can then result in wasted wax build up on the sides of the jar or eventually drown your wick in wax so it will not stay lit.

If your candle extinguishes the first time you light it, simply try relighting it until it catches ( Sometimes it may take multiple lights).

Other tips:

Always trim your wick! Wood wicks need to be short. I find that all it needs is for you to crinkle the burnt pieces off with your fingers and then tip it out (otherwise the burnt bits can discolour your wax).

If your flame appears to be weak, blow it out, pinch the 2 layers together and light again, this works almost every time.

For relighting, tip the candle, and relight on an angle. This will allow the flame to slowly reach across the wick.

If you find your wick is struggling, it is easier to use a click-lighter and burn the wick a little to create a small pool of melted wax at the base of the wick. Extinguish the flame and allow to cool off for a minute or so. Use a paper towel or napkin and absorb the excess wax on and around the wick. Discard tissue. Wait another minute and then relight candle.

Do not try chipping away extra wax to fix the tunneling. If you allow your candle to burn for longer periods of time, this problem should fix itself.

Does the melted wax pool extend right to the jar edge or is there a build up of hard wax around the edge of your jar? When burning your candle, does the melted wax seem to tunnel down the wick rather than melt evenly out to jar’s edge?

The main reason a wick won’t stay lit is because the candle was not burnt correctly on the first burn.

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