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Taking Care of Your Woodwick Candle

by Vanessa Morgan |

While woodwick candles have that wonderful crackling sound, are aesthetically pleasing, and provide a cleaner burn, they can be a super tricky to burn. Here are some tips to get the most out of your Kuki Collection Candle:

  • Tip #1: Be sure to “train” your woodwick candle:

Woodwick candles require some training and the first time you burn a candle actually sets a "memory". During the first burn, make sure you give your candle enough time (2-4 hours) to have a full circle melt (wax melted to the edge of the jar) before extinguishing.

  • Tip #2: Keep your woodwick trimmed and free of burnt ash

Ensure to keep your woodwick trimmed to 1/8" - 1/16" before lighting. You can do this by using your fingers or a wick trimmer to snap off the black burnt bits of the wick.

  • Tip #3: Never light a cold candle

Make sure your candle is at room temperature before lighting. Lighting a cold candle can cause tunnelling.

  • Tip #4: Light your woodwick on an angle

When lighting a woodwick, tilt the jar on an angle and let the flame draw across the length of the wick.

More candle tips to keep in mind:

  • If you find that your wick has "tunnelled" (an unfortunate process where the wick burns straight down the centre of a candle and forms a tunnel), you can try to fix this by scooping out the wax that is stuck to the glass with a knife or spoon. Scoop out enough until the wax is even with the surface of the wick.
  • If the woodwick was trimmed too short and the candle won't stay lit because it is "drowning" in a pool of wax, try using a paper towel or napkin to soak up some of the excess wax. Continue this process until your wick has room to breathe!
  • Discontinue using your candle when there is less than 1/2" of wax left
  • The main reason a woodwick won't stay lit is because the candle was not burnt correctly during the first burn.

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