Wooden wicks need a bit more attention and care than traditional cotton wick candles

Who doesn't love a beautiful wooden wick candle? We certainly love them, and whether you're burning ours or any other wooden wick candles, this guide will help you maintain the life of your candle

For starters, it's important to know that because of how wood wicks are cut there may be some variation in the size, grain and thickness of the wicks. These variations can have an impact on how the candles burn and emphasize the important of caring for your candles properly.

  • Step 1

    Trim your wick between 1/4" and 1/8" before every burn session. This helps the candle breathe and fuels the flame.

  • Step 2

    Allow your candle to reach a full melt pool. This just means that the melted wax has reach all sides of the jar.

  • Step 3

    Do not burn your candle for longer than 4 hours at a time. This prevents the wood wick from becoming to large.

Some good practices

Use a candle snuffer or gently blow out the flame to extinguish your candle. Avoid blowing directly into the candle which can cause wax to splash.

Always burn your candle on a heat-resistant surface and keep them away from flamable material, children and pets.

Never burn your candles if they are out of sight. You want to keep an eye on them to make sure that they are burning evenly and safely.

Remove any dust or debris from the candle surface before burning.

Follow any warning labels and instructions on any candles you're burning.

How do I fix tunneling?

Tunneling refers to a large buildup of wax on the side of the jar while the wick has burnt down considerably lower (see photo for example).

This usually happens when the candle is burned over and over, without reaching the full melt pool. The wax never has a chance to melt evenly. This can also happen if the flame is not strong enough to melt the full surface of the candle; this highlights the importance of trimming your wick to fuel your flame.

There's good news though! if the tunneling isn't too deep, it can be fixed!

After extinguishing the candle, use a metal spoon or non-flammable tool to separate the wax from the jar and smooth it down to meet the surface of the candle.

Tips and tricks

Try to use either a long lighter or long matches to light the wick. These options will give you greater reach when lighting your candles.

Hold the flame on the wick for about 5-10 seconds when lighting. This helps to provide more fuel to the wick and get a stronger burn.

Once there is about 1/2" of wax at the bottom of the jar, it's time for a new candle. An easy way to measure this is when you can see the wick clip popping through the surface of the wax.

Try upcycling your used jars once finished with your candle. They make great stationary holders, cups or containers. This helps to continue reducing waste!