WOOD WICK CANDLE CARE
We HIGHLY recommend using the lid from your wood wick candle as a coaster to place your candle on while lit.This is to further protect your surface from any heat it may become sensitive to. Candles do tend to get hot and all precautions should be taken to maintain safety.
Allow the wax to fully melt to the edge of the candle vessel or container, if your candle melt pool is close but hasn’t reached the edges by 4 hours, don’t worry – it will catch up on subsequent burns. If you do not give the candle enough time to burn as to reach a proper melt pool, your candle may tunnel down the middle. If your candle tunnels, the flame will likely go out on it’s own and have trouble staying lit.
When you go to relight the candle on subsequent burns, break off or trim the burnt pieces of the previously lit wood wick. You will want to shorten the wood wick to about 1/8 to ¼ of an inch. If you go to relight the candle and the flame is too high – you can safety extinguish the flame and trim the wood wick shorter. Usually, wood wicks will have a larger flame within the first half hour and then it will usually and subtly calm down. If you end up trimming the wick too much, you can use a small spoon or butter knife to dig out around the wood wick to about ¼ to 1/8 inch in height.
Wood wicks are a bit more work than the traditional cotton wicks – the key is to have patience and take proper care of the candle before each burn. Letting the candle light for about 5 seconds on each burn will help fuel the wick for adequate burn. Shorter matches should be avoided to light wood wicks and we highly recommend a longer lighter, such as a BBQ lighter, to light your wood wick.
When you see 1/4 to 1/2 inch of wax remaining in the candle, It's time for a new one. Safely discard or even better – repurpose your candle container!
No matter the wick type (cotton or wood), the following points should be taken with any and every candle you light. Safety comes first always!
Before Burning The Candle
- Prior to burning your candle, trim the wick at least ¼ inch. This prevents uneven burning. Trim the wick before each subsequent burn.
- Keep wax free of wick trimmings and any debris at all times.
- Place the candle on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
- Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
- Your first initial burn should allow the wax to melt evenly and fully or close to the sides of the jar - if you don't reach a full melt to the sides jar or tin within the first burn it will likely catch up by the second or third burn.
- Burn for 2-3 hours each time you light the candle. This will help the candle burn evenly and avoid tunneling.
- The removeable wax seal on the front of the candle may become soft or melt as the candle burns down - in these cases you can easily remove the wax seal as we use a craft adhesive and do not actually melt the seal to the jar.
While Burning The Candle
- Never leave a burning candle unattended or lit while sleeping. If you must leave the candle, it's imperative you extinguish the candle before leaving it unattended.
- Never touch or move a burning candle, or while the wax is in liquid form.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For safety measures, stop burning a candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the jar or tin.
- If the removable wax seal on the outside of your candle appears to become soft or even melt, extinguish the flame and remove the wax seal once the candle is cool. Do not touch the wax seal while the candle is lit or cooling, wait for the candle to cool completely before removing it.
- Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Before re-lighting, let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts that can often cause flickering.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from flammable objects such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper or anything hanging nearby.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lit candles where they can be knocked over.
Extinguishing the Candle
- Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle, if available, as it’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
- Do not use water to extinguish a candle, this can cause the hot wax to splatter and could break a glass container.
- Before leaving the room, make sure your candle is completely out and there is no glow coming from the wick ember.
- Do not touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
- Amanda Jones, Owner and Founder