Burning Instructions - Wood Wicks


Burning Instructions - Wood wicks

The first time you use your candle...

When you receive your candle, it will be pre-trimmed to around 1/8" to 1/4".  This is the length that all new candles with a wood wick should be trimmed.  (It might look a little short, but wood wicks that are taller won't burn correctly.)

Light your candle, do not disturb while burning.  Keep away from children, pets and anything flammable.  Never use a lit candle in a motor vehicle.

We recommend that you burn your candle around 4 hours at a time, or 1 hour per inch in diameter.  We highly recommend that you burn your candle no longer than 5 hours at a time.  (Burning your candle longer can result in soot and overheating.)

After you finish burning your candle, extinguish the flame and let it cool and re-harden.

Note: For our coconut wax candles, there may still be some wax on the sides after you finish burning, it will burn in the future.

Subsequent burning...

Trim your wick - while we use "self trimming wicks" we still recommend that you trim your wick for the cleanest possible burn.  (If you don't trim your wick, the wick debris will fall into your candle wax and look dirty and unsightly.  This isn't dangerous, but it looks rather unsightly.)

How to trim your wick - With a cooled candle, pinch the charred ball on the top of the wick and gently remove it (you can use a tissue to keep your hands clean).  

***If there is no ball at the tip of your wick, trimming is not necessary.***

Discontinue use when 1/2" wax remains on the bottom.

Our candles will extinguish themselves with about 1/2" of wax remaining. This is a safety feature to ensure that the container does not get too hot and shatter.

----- FAQ's about candle burning with wood wicks -----

Why do candlemakers say not to burn your candle more than 4-5 hours at a time?  

There are a few reasons for this warning.  

  • Safety - burning your candle longer can overheat your candle.  We have tested our candles for this, but we still don't recommend it.
  • When you burn a candle longer, the candle gets hotter and starts to burn deeper.  This can cause cotton wicks to become stable and even tip over.
  • When the candle burns deeper than designed, it can allow extra fragrance to be released which will make future burns less fragrant.

What if I want to burn my candle longer than 4-5 hours?  We recommend that you have another candle on hand - light one candle when you want to keep burning going.  OR  extinguish your candle, wait a couple of hours and then re-light.  This starts your 4-5 hours over.

Do I really need to trim my wick?  Yes!  Especially for wood wicks but you don't need a special tool.  With a cooled candle, you can use your fingers and break/rub off any of the burnt materials that comes loose & you're ready to go.  Some people prefer to use a fingernail clippers.  We like to use a wire cutter like this one - but leave a little bit of the charred wick or it will be too short.

I was always told to burn my soy candle until it was melted all the way across.  Are you sure I don't need to do that with your candles?  We are absolutely sure!  The first 1 or 2 times you burn your candle it will not burn your candle edge to edge.  This is completely normal and is how coconut wax burns.  The wax will burn in the future.  Remember, coconut wax burns longer than any other wax, and this is one of the differences when it burns!