If you’re new to the world of wood wick candles, you may be wondering how to cut them. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than you think and we’ll share our candle care tips with you!
In this post, we’ll show you how to trim your wooden wick candle correctly, as they are slightly different to a traditional cotton wick, so you can enjoy its beautiful flame for weeks on end. Read on to learn more!
Why is it important to trim a candle wick?
The main reason why you need to trim your candle wicks is to prevent soot buildup. The issue is when the flame of a candle is too close to the wick, it can start to produce soot. This can result in not only mar the appearance of your candles, but it can also be dangerous if inhaled. Regularly maintaining your wicks will help keep them clean and safe to burn, and not to mention burn longer!
How often should you trim a wood wick candle?
You should aim to cut your wood wick candle every time you light it, that’s right sort the wick before each use! This may seem like a lot, but it’s really the best way to keep your candle in tip-top shape. If you don’t have time to do this every time, try to keep on top of cutting it at least once a week to get that perfect crackle.
How are wood wick candles different to normal wicks?
Wood wicks are made from, you guessed it, wood! They’re usually made from lumber off-cuts or recycled wood, which makes them a more sustainable option than traditional wicks. Wood wicks also tend to produce a larger and brighter flame, which many people find more visually appealing.
How do you cut the wick on a wood wick candle? (Our Tips)
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to trim your wick:
1. Allow your candle enough time to burn for a few minutes so the wax melts and the wick becomes slightly longer.
2. Use a sharp knife or scissors to carefully cut the wick down to ⅛ inch (3 mm).
3. Make sure there are no stray pieces of wick left behind, as this can cause the candle to smoke.
4. Light the candle and enjoy your beautifully trimmed wood wick candle!
As you can see, keeping on top of your wood wick candle maintenance is easy! Just follow the steps above and with your wick trimmed you’ll have a beautifully burning candle in no time.
What tools can you use to trim a wood wick candle?
The best tool to use for cutting wood wicks is a sharp knife or scissors. However, you can also use a wick trimmer if you have one. These special tools are designed specifically for trimming candle wicks and can be found at most craft stores some people also use nail clippers but we would recommend staying away from them and using one of the afore mentioned tools.
We hope this post has helped you understand how to maintain a wood wick candle. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. And be sure to check out our other posts for more information on candles and candle care!