Trimming wicks is a very important step in candle making. We’ve all seen the sooty black wick residue that can sometimes form right at the top of a candle after it has been burning for a while. Too much wax on the wick causes this black soot to form. The article talks about some of the common mistakes people make when trimming their wicks and what they should do instead.
Why Trim Wick?
If you’ve ever burned a candle, you know that the flame can become very smoky and difficult to see. This is because the wick becomes clogged with soot. When you trim the wick, it allows the flame to burn more cleanly and brightly.
Not only does trimming the wick improve the appearance of the candle, but it also makes it safer to burn. A clogged wick can cause the candle to flare up unexpectedly, which can be dangerous.
So, when you’re burning candles, be sure to trim the wick regularly. It will keep your candles looking and burning their best.
Trimming the wick by using a lighter
If you’re using a lighter to trim your wick, be sure to hold the flame close to the wick without actually touching it. You want to heat the metal around the wick so that it melts any buildup on the wick away. Once you’ve melted away any excess wax, carefully extinguished the flame and allow the candle to cool before relighting.
Choosing the right time to trim the wick
The right time to trim your wick depends on the type of candle you’re using. For a pillar candle, wait until the wax has melted to the edge of the glass. For a tapers candle, wait until about 1/4 inch of wax remains on the wick. And for a votives candle, wait until there is just a small pool of wax left around the wick.
If you trim the wick too soon, you risk extinguishing the flame. If you wait too long, the flame will become smoky and sooty.
When in doubt, err on the side of trimming sooner rather than later. A clean burn is a beautiful burn.
Tips on trimming the wick
- If you have ever had a candle that was smokey or whose flame was unclear, it may have needed a wick trim. Here are some tips on how to trim your wicks for the best burn.
- Start with a sharp, clean wick trimmer. You can find these online or at your local candle store.
- When trimming the wick, always do so when the candle is not lit and is cooled completely.
- For the best burn, aim to trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before each lighting. This will help ensure that the flame is clear and bright.
- Be sure to dispose of the trimmed wick properly – never leave it in the candle.
What can happen when you don’t trim the wick?
If you don’t trim the wick of your candle, it can start to emit black soot. Not only is this unattractive, but it can also be a health hazard if inhaled. A trimmed wick will result in a cleaner, brighter burn.
How should you store your candles?
When it comes to storing candles, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure the candles are out of direct sunlight. Excessive heat can cause the wax to melt and the structure of the candle to change. Second, store candles in a cool, dry place. Humidity can cause the wick to absorb moisture and become difficult to light. Finally, keep the candles away from any open flames or heat sources. These can cause the wax to melt and potentially start a fire.
THE INVARIANCE: WHY WAS YOUR CANDLE WICK TOO SHORT?
Short candle wicks might have two different causes: ones that are out of your control and ones that are under your control.
The first category typically pertains to the process of making the candle.
If your candle wick is drowning, it’s possible that it’s either too small for the candle container or that the wick is of poor quality. Because of this, the wick “drowns” in its wax pool and burns too quickly. The wick might be too short to relight or even totally buried inside as the surrounding wax cools and hardens once again.
The candle’s burning technique is the second type of reason. The good news is that you can not only correct it but also stop it from happening again.
Did you overlook trimming the wick? Because it stops the wick from curving and “mushrooming” as it burns, trimming is an essential aspect of candle maintenance. To maintain a decent length and shape, we advise trimming the wick once every three to four hours. Otherwise, the wick may curl up or fall into the wax pool and become buried.
Trimming the wick allows the flame to have a clearer and brighter burn. Not only does this improve the look of the candle, but it also makes it safer to use. If you’re not sure how to trim your wick, don’t worry simply follow the instructions in this article and you’ll be good to go.