Are you wondering how to use a wood wick candle? We're here to help!
Using a wood wick candle is easy and fun. Here are a few easy steps for using wooden wick candles:
Before you light your candle, make sure the wick is trimmed so the height is between ⅛” - 3/16" tall. If you've bought a new candle from Brightfield, your candle already comes at the correct height (so you're done this step already!)
To light your wood wick candle, use a lighter or long match (we like using a BBQ lighter because it's extended neck helps to keep the flame at a safe distance from your fingers). When lighting your wood wick candle, tilt the candle slightly in your hand and place the lighter or match on one corner of the wick until it lights. You can hold the flame on the wick for about 5 seconds until the flame catches. The flame will travel across the wick and the candle will be lit. Place your candle on an even surface while it burns.
Burn your candle for at least two hours or at least until the entire surface of the candle is melted. This is called a full melt pool. By burning your wood wick candle until the entire surface is melted, it will help your candle last much longer and avoid tunnelling (which is when only the middle of the candle burns, leaving a lot of wasted wax around the edge of the candle). Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time.
When you're ready to stop burning your candle, use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame (instead of blowing it out like a birthday candle). Using a candle snuffer will help ensure wax, soot and ashes aren't blown into the melted candle wax or into your home, which could make a mess.
The Next Time:
Before you use your wood wick candle the next time, make sure to trim the wick using wick trimmers back to a height of ⅛” - 3/16" tall. This wick height is the goldilocks height to ensure even burning and performance for your wood wick candle.