Wooden wick candles burn slightly different from traditional, cotton wick candles, be sure to read the care tips below, as well as the safety labels located at the bottom of your candle to ensure you get the most out of your new candle!
- FIRST BURN -
Your very first burn (also known as the memory burn) is your most important – for best results allow your candle to burn for at least an hour or two to generate a full melt pool, this will 'train' your candle to burn the entire diameter and not tunnel. For our candles, a 3-hr first burn is recommended.
- WICK TRIMMING -
Make sure your wick is trimmed to between 1/8” – 1/4” each time before lighting. If the wick is too long, the wax will not pull up the wick and the wick may extinguish.
Wooden wicks do need a little attention and tending before each burn, similar to cotton wicks. Be sure to gently snap off the ash or burnt wood along the top edge of the wick and then light as usual. You can use your fingers (when it's cool), nail trimmers, or a wick trimmer for this.
- BURNING -
If when burning the candle for a long period of time (we don't recommend burning your candle longer than 4 hours at a time) and you notice the flame height getting too low, it may be necessary to tap off any excess ash or burnt wood along the top of the wick and then re-light. Also, if you notice the flame is giving off any soot or is too high, extinguish the flame, wait until it's cool and trim the wick. The flame will then return to its proper and optimal height.
- DO NOT BURN YOUR CANDLE ALL THE WAY TO THE END -
Once your candle has about a 1/2"-1" of wax left, for your safety, it is time to call it quits! If there is not enough wax left to absorb the heat, your jar could overheat and potentially crack. Scoop out the remaining wax and repurpose!
Oh, and don’t burn your candle at both ends. ☺
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