Wood wicks have been a round for quite a while now, but in the past consistency has been a problem. Conducting your own wick testing is crucial to making sure your candle will perform as expected. There is more to it than just staying alight. The double wood wicks I have tested are supplied by Luxury Candle Supplies.
So Why Test?
- You need to know that you are using the right size wick for your jar. I always do my first test run with unscented wax and then retest with the fragrance. Just remember that what you add to your wax will affect the way the candle burns and this can mean fragrance or colour.
- The wick size will affect the burn time of your candle.
- Your test burn is a great way to evaluate the fragrance throw.
- If your wick is too large, the flame will be much bigger than you need and may burn faster, produce smoke or cause your jars to overheat. Safety first for all the candles you make.
- If your wick is too small, you will get inefficient burning of your candle wasting your wax and fragrance.
Every chandler knows that if you do your testing you will produce candles that look good, burn well and have fantastic fragrance throw.
I have tested the double wood wicks and the s – or wave wicks.
- Secure your wicks as you would cotton wicks. Make sure your wood wicks are trimmed and not too long.
- When making your candle, priming the wick is crucial for making the wick burn correctly.
- Keep your room temperature stable, with no draughts and on a heat resistant, level surface.
- Start a log book for future reference and so you can validate your results.
- Record your start time and finish time – take photos or videos along the way for your records.
- It is recommended that the candle should have a full diameter melt within 3 – 4 hours with a wax pool that is not too deep.
- If it has not achieved a full diameter melt, the wick is probably too small.
- If the wick is too large, your flame may be very high or be producing smoke. In this case blow it out and rethink your size options.
- In your log book, record as many details as you can think of.
- Start and stop time
- Internal diameter of your jar
- Wick size
- Fragrance and fragrance load
- Wax type
- Burn diameter
- Flame height
- Pool depth
- Check for soot
10. At the 4 hour time point blow your candle out, hopefully it has reached full diameter melt pool, allow to cool, reset and then continue the cycle until your candle has finished burning. This will provide you with a burn time for your jar.
Remember this process will need to be repeated if you change any of the criteria – wax, fragrance or percentage of fragrance or the addition of colour.