Wick care…is about as exciting as watching paint dry, however it’s important to understand what it means and how to achieve proper wick care. In the end, properly maintaining the wick adds to the ambiance--warmth, serenity and character of a home.
At Door County Candle Company, we are often asked about our wicks (that sounds personal right?!), so I’m going to take a moment to debunk a few myths about wicks. ALL of our wicks are lead free. I bet I’m asked that at least once per day, so I’ll say it again…ALL OF OUR WICKS are LEAD FREE. In fact, if you have purchased a candle that has been manufactured in the United States within the last 20 years…you have a LEAD FREE wick in your candle. The caution here however, if you have purchased a candle that was manufactured outside of the U.S. it may in fact contain lead (check the label to see where it was manufactured). About 20 years ago the U.S. government passed a law prohibiting the use of LEAD in wicks. So what are our wicks made of? Well, they are made of good ole’ fashion cotton and some have a lead-free wire to help them maintain their upright position. The last thing you want is a wick that can’t stand up!
Not all wicks are created equal. That’s to say one wick doesn’t cut it for every scented candle we manufacture. We have a variety of wicks that have been tested with each of our fragrances (we do A LOT of testing) to see which wick gives the best burn. Fragrances tend to burn at different temperatures, some need a larger wick to get a good burn, and some fragrances need a smaller wick to get the job done. Either way, all of our wicks are tested with each of our fragrances to ensure when you purchase our candles, you get the BEST quality candle with the BEST burn possible. I believe that’s why our customers are so loyal. A quality product at a fair price.
Ok…as promised “wick care”! At Door County Candle Company, we recommend that you trim your wick to about 1/4” each time you burn your candle (except the very first time – then just light it, get a good burn going, then extinguish, trim and re-light). You want the flame to be no bigger than 1”. For example, you might trim the wick to ¼” before you light it, but during the burning process the flame gets bigger than 1”. You would then want to extinguish the candle, trim the wick, and re-light it. A little attention to your candle each time your burn it, will ensure a clean and even burn.
One more thing, (even though this isn’t about wick care), each time you burn your candle you want to make sure you give 1 hour of burn time per inch in diameter. WHAT??? Ok simple terms…if you have a 4” diameter candle (pretty basic size), you should let it burn for 4 hours. Anything less than that and you’ll start to get a tunnel down the center. So if you have a candle that is only burning down the center, try burning it longer. If you try that and it is still tunneling, chances are it doesn’t have the right wick in it.
Lastly (and MOST importantly) when a jar candle gets down to the last ¼” of wax, it’s time to toss it and get a new one. The heat from the flame could crack the bottom of the jar and leak (or dump) wax all over. I made this rookie error 1 time and that was enough for me!
I hope this has been helpful. If there are any topics or questions you have let me know and I will address them. Happy burning!
Door County Candle Company