Having a woodwick candle is like having and tending to a miniature fireplace. It will certainly require a little more work than your average cotton wick candle, but once you get the hang of it, you'll only want woodwicks moving forward!
Tip #1 (& the most important): Trimming Your Wick
Never had a woodwick before? This is how you care for it! Woodwicks offer a cleaner burn and is the perfect pair to our clean soy wax in our candles. They also have a faint crackle sound to them while in use.
To light the woodwick, make sure you hold the lighter over the entire wick for at least five seconds or until the entire wick has been lit. Additionally, it is VERY important to trim your woodwick before each and every use. While the advised height for cotton wicks is ¼”, wooden wicks only need to be at 1/8″. The shorter height allows the wax to capillary up the wick to feed the flame properly. A good sharp pair of scissors can be fantastic when trimming wicks, just be sure to remove all the clipped wick debris from the candle wax.
Tip #2: Your First Burn Is The Most Important
Allowing the candle to burn for at least 1.5 hr during the first lighting (but never burn a candle for more than four consecutive hours) will allow the melted wax pool to reach the sides of the jar and as a result, optimize the burn time of the candle. :)
Tip #3: Fix a Smoldering Flame
A small or smoldering flame is completely fine and acceptable. It doesn't have to be corrected unless you would prefer a stronger flame. Here is the simplest fix!
Step 1. Blow out your candle
Step 2. Trim your wick by using your fingers (when the candle is cooled), scissors, or a candle trimmer. Break off any access burnt bits from the top. Ensure your woodwick is 1/8 inch in height and straight across / level.
Step 3. Ensure your candle is free of any trimming debris, and then light your candle! The flame size should increase.