How to Burn a Wooden Wick Candle: Tips and Tricks for Wood Wicks

We’re so thrilled to add wooden wicks to our candle line! We’re huge fans of their soothing crackle and the way they look inside of our coconut wax. But as much as we adore wood wick candles, we also know they require a bit of special care.

Here are a few quick tips on how to burn and care for your wooden wicks. 

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  • Keep the wick trimmed to ⅛” to ensure safe burning and trim between uses. Wooden wicks that aren’t properly trimmed tend to soot and flicker. If your wooden wick candle’s flame is too high, or soots or flickers excessively, blow the candle out and wait for it to cool. Trim the wick to ⅛” with wick trimmers before lighting. 
  • Remember that the first burn is the most important, as wax tends to have a “memory.” If you blow the candle out too soon, the wick may not burn properly in the future. Burn your candle for 2-3 hours the first time to ensure the melt pool is wide enough to avoid tunneling on future burns.
  • Light the candle at an angle with the flame close to the bottom of the wick, and spread the flame evenly across the full wick. 
  • Like traditional cotton wicks, wooden wicks should be trimmed of charred bits and debris before lighting.
  • If your wooden wick goes out while burning, don’t panic! Check to ensure the wick is properly trimmed and isn’t too high or low. 
  • Be sure to follow all normal candle safety guidelines! Do not burn candles while sleeping or out of the house, and keep them away from windows or drafts. Try not to burn for longer than 4-5 hours per session. 

If you’re having trouble keeping your wood wick lit, ensure your candle wick is trimmed to 1/8″ and is clear of any debris, and that there isn’t a lot of unmelted wax on the sides of the jar preventing air flow. If you have any questions or issues, reach out to us on social media. We’re always happy to help you troubleshoot, even if you didn’t purchase the candle from us.


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