Wood Wicks : 101

Wood Wicks : 101

Just like you & me, wood wicks are one-of-a-kind and each one has its own quirky charm. Not to mention, they can be a tad stubborn. Our wood wicks come from sappy fruit trees and are sourced from FSC-certified mills, all made in the USA.

Why do we use wood wicks?
With the proper candle care, wood wicks will give you a clean burning candle. Wood wicks provide minimal soot, carbon & minimal debris build up. Just always trim off the charred pieces of your wood wick from the previous burn for that perfect clean burn, every time.

Wood wicks even last longer than your traditional cotton wick as they burn slower. Who doesn’t want that?! And can we say more fragrance? A wood wick can diffuse heat a whole lot quicker into the wax, which can push up to 35% more fragrance throw into your space - according to research. And we can’t forget about that crackle!! The crackling those wood wicks provide create such a calming atmosphere that you truly can’t deny and. Wood wicks are also non-toxic making them eco-friendly, sustainable, phthalate & toxin free.

My wood wick flame flickers and/or keeps going out. Why is this happening?
Listen, we're not claiming perfection here. Sometimes wood wicks might give you a sassy little attitude or do as they please (again, like us). But not to worry! This is all fixable.

If your flame dwindles, flickers or burns out quickly – you may be experiencing the wood wick reaching a knot or discrepancy in the timber. These flaws are common with natural products and aren’t always visible. They (flaws) can sometimes even cause the wax to be less effectively drawn through the grain of the wooden wick. This can cause the flame to flicker, dwindle or completely burn out. And we don't want that!

Another factor that tends to cause a high or flickering flame is having a lit candle in a space with vents, drafts, fans or air currents. Doing so can have affects on how your candle burns & the flame. It can cause high flames, uneven & rapid burning and everyone's least favorite - additional soot in your space and/or on the inside of your candle jar. So I guess you must be asking.... 

Now what? How do I fix any of this?
Sometimes wood wicks can take a few goes to get started but once lit, should burn beautifully. Sometimes persistence will pay off for those rare few times which your candle can be hesitant to ignite on their first-time burn. Still have an issue? Let your candle cool & then trim your wick. This is THE absolute best tip. Why? Wood wicks need to be short & when you trim the wick, you get rid of any knots in the wood that may be causing your flame to flicker or stay lit. Trim off all the burnt pieces with wick trimmers or what we like to use, nail clippers, for a super close trim. Tip the candle upside down while trimming your wick to make sure the debris doesn’t fall onto your cooled wax (you’re welcome).

What did we take from this?
If your flame is 'broken' & not acting as you'd like (high flame, a flickering flame or a flame that keeps going out) - just blow it out & let it cool. Once cooled, trim off the charred pieces on that wick as much as possible & you're good to go. Extra tip: For optimal burn, keep your wood wick trimmed to about 1/8” to 3/16" & only burning in 2-4 hour increments at a time (please don't burn your candles all day).

If you ever have any questions about candle care, wood wicks, our ingredients or just want to say "HI!" - leave us a comment below or send us an email at info@evlovecndleco.com, we'll love to hear from you!!

Love & light,

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