Why Candle Wicks Should Always Be Trimmed Before Lighting

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Here’s why trimming the wick of your candles before lighting them will help you get the most use out of them.

The term “candle holidays” could also be used to describe the winter season. According to the National Candle Association, the Christmas season accounts for nearly one-third of all candle sales, which in the United States total around $3 billion yearly. That means there are flames blazing over the winter worth $1 billion!

And it turns out that enjoying candles involves much more than merely lighting and letting them burn. Did you know that cutting the wick will help your candles last longer?


Why Should the Candle Wick Be Trimmed?

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You may avoid issues like black flames, flames that are too tall, black smoke marks on glass candle holders, and wax that is burning too quickly by trimming the candle wick to 1/4 in.

The braided cotton used as the wick is what moves the wax-based fuel to the flame. If the wick is excessively tall, it could ignite the flame too quickly and produce too much soot and smoke. You can enjoy the light and aroma for hours with a wick that is the proper height since it will produce an even, continuous burn. A neat, even shape is also provided by a trimmed wick for the flame. A wick that is too big will add too much fuel (wax) to the fire, and the buildup of carbon will give the flame a black “mushroom cap.”


How to Cut a Wick for a Candle ?


Any wick may be trimmed with a basic pair of scissors, even those on candles that are enclosed in containers like votives or glass jars. But after a few usage, getting to the wick could be challenging. One method is to use toenail cutters to get at the wick. A pair of wick trimmers designed especially for wicks that are challenging to reach can also be used.


How to Handle a Too-Short Wick ?

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If you’ve cut the wick too short for it to light, you can expose more wick by slowly pouring out the molten wax after melting the wax around it with a wand lighter. Alternately, carefully remove the wax covering the wick with a butter knife.


Additional Candle Lighting Tips :


-Numerous candle makers advise limiting candle burning to four-hour intervals.

-When there is only two inches of wax left, put out the candle. According to the National Candle Association, this rule applies to tapers, pillars, and large glass jar candles.

-Only four to six hours are possible with little tea lights.

-As blowing out a candle can produce too much smoke, many candle makers advise putting out flames with a snuffer or by dipping the wick into the wax pool.

-Remember to always keep candles in your sight and practice basic fire safety.

-Candles shouldn’t be frozen since the wax could crack. Candles should be kept at a cool to moderate temperature.

-Avoid purchasing candles that have twisted, as opposed to braided, fibers or wicks. Birthday candles frequently have these wicks since they burn quickly.


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