Too much fuel being delivered to the flame causes a high flame. The high flame will be easily affected by the airflow. Consequently, you will see a dancing or flickering flame.

  • Further stabilised with rigid structure threads for easy wax pouring.
  • Here is our starter guide for choosing the correct wick for your chosen container.
  • One of the most important parts of candle making is matching the right wick to the rest of the ingredients that you will be using.
  • But, I’ve noticed, for whatever reason, that candle wicks are often the last choice or even an afterthought when it comes to candle making.

The last thing they think about is what wick they need to use or how to choose the right candle wick size. We’ve listed the common candle wick size chart problems you may meet during the testing process. You can check the recommended solutions and adjust the wick size or type.

Flat LX Candle Wicks:

To get results more similar to what a customer experiences you need to wait the full 7 days. In such situations, we need to add another wick to make double wick candles. Conducting a burning test is time- and effort-consuming.

  • We all want our candles to burn cleanly,  or even better, to purify the air in the room.
  • Candles made in large containers – such as 3.5” in diameter or more – can be more difficult to wick.
  • Then, you can make batch candles with the right wicks.
  • Everything you need to get started making your first candle.

Zinc core wicking is used in many applications such as tea-lights, votives and container candles. Zinc burns the coolest of all the cored wicks and offers the most rigidity. These wicks are constructed by using 100% natural fibers in the cover with the zinc core. Zinc cored wicks are most effective in paraffin based waxes and VersaGel, they are not recommended for use in natural/renewable waxes. If using a one-pour wax you may need to increase in size. This series is designed specifically for natural waxes like soy and palm wax.

Step 6: Find the right wick size.

Some solutions to this problem are reducing the number of additives in the candle or using a smaller wick or a different type of wick. As long as you do not go too large on the double wicks, the benefits usually out weigh the drawbacks for double wick candles. Cleaner flame, less mushrooming, better scent throw and a more even burn. ECO candle wick is a coreless, flat cotton wick braided with thin paper filament throughout. It typically has a rigid, straight structure without the need for a core. The wick works as a pump that pulls the fuel (the melted wax) to the flame.

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Keep in mind that these are only estimates for LX and ECO wicks. Finding the right wick size requires some experimenting. The wick is sometimes the last choice to be made when making candles.

SFC SV81 Series Wick – Our SFC SV81 series wicks are cotton wicks with a high melt point paraffin coating for rigidity. Easy burn fragrances could require a smaller wick, however depending on the container size instead of one large wick, 2 smaller wicks may be better suited. Use our candle wick size chart and wood wick size chart to guide you further. Several factors go into choosing a candle wick size for the container you’re using. Keep in mind that these are only our best estimates for choosing candle wicks. Finding the correct wick size can require some experimenting.

Candle Wicks 101: How To Choose The Right Candle Wick Size

The candle on the right is over wicked meaning the wick size is too large for the candle. It’s easy to tell because the flame is too tall and flickers continually. The melt pool is deeper than 1/2 inch (13 mm), and the wick is producing excess carbon that causes the ‘mushrooming’ you see on the end of the wick. Wisps of soot can be seen leaving the flame periodically.

We need to test which specific wick size works best with our candles, combining the factors including fragrances, colors, and candle burn time. In our opinion, candles are the just RIGHT relationship between the air, wax, fragrance, and wick. Further, the wick will finally determine how the candle will burn. In other words, the best candle wicks are those with the right size and type to pair your candle wax and containers. We offer 12 piece bags of most wick sizes in the CD and ECO series, so that you can conduct your initial burn tests with minimal investment. You may find it helpful to keep a range of wick sizes on hand for any ongoing or future testing.

A CD 6 wick worked great the day after the candles were poured. However, I waited a full week before testing the other test candle that I made. After giving the candle a week to cure, a CD 6 wick was just not big enough and the wick kept drowning out. It may be exactly the wick you need depending on the fragrance oil, fragrance oil load, dyes and type of wax you are using.

Each wick has been cut to the specified length, primed with a high melt point wax (212°F) and has been crimped with a 20mm diameter x 10mm tall tab. CD 16 and CD 18 are good wick sizes to use when making 8 oz candle tins with 464 soy wax. The wick you choose will depend on how much fragrance oil you put in the candle. Choose the wick size by making a candle using each size wick and then compare the burn profile and burn duration of the candles.

They are a symbiotic relationship between air, wax, and wick. Since the most challenging candle to get right is the pillar candle, I will focus most of this article on the components of making a great pillar candle. In my opinion, the perfect pillar candle will create a burn pool that extends out most of the diameter of the candle, but not all the way. The flame is nice and bright with no smoke trails and the candle burns down all the way to the bottom without looking ugly and misshapen. The latter is really hard to achieve with taller candles so, although I make them, I prefer the small and medium sized candles for personal use.

These wicks are impregnated with a NST treatment (sodium based) that will enable the wick to burn properly in the vegetable based waxes. The TL series is a specialty flat wick with stabilizing threads. It is designed to improve the burning solid colored, tea light and votive candles. Tea-light wicks are treated with the NST2 treatment.