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Wooden wick candles are amazing!  Not only do they look cool but they crackle like a teeny wood stove.  Sometimes wood wicks need a little extra care, so I'm pooling all of my candle knowledge here for you!  Hopefully these tips will help you learn how to get the longest burn out of your candle. 

The first burn is the most important.

The first time you light your candle you must give your candle enough burning time to develop a melt pool that spreads all the way to the edge of the container.  This may take a few hours depending on the size of the candle.   A good rule of thumb is to burn your candle an hour per inch of it's diameter.  So if you have a candle with a three inch diameter your first burn needs to be three hours.  Please don't burn any of your candles for longer than 4 hours at a time.  After you've established a good consistent melt pool you won't have to burn your candle to the edge every time  you light it (but I would still recommend doing so).  If you don't enjoy burning your candles for long periods of time than smaller jars with smaller diameters may be the right purchasing choice for you.

The woes of a tunneled candle (and how to fix it).

 

Candles, particularly soy candles, have a 'wax  memory.'  That basically means it can be hard to change a burning pattern once one has been established... this can lead to *gasp* TUNNELING. This is why it's so important to have a good first burn. Tunneling makes it more difficult for wax around the outer edges of the jar to melt so your candle will either burn straight down and waste tons of wax or just go out all together because fresh oxygen can't flow in.  I cannot tell you how many tunneled candles I have seen on Instagram.  Tunneling makes this candle maker sad... but tunneling can usually be fixed!

If your candle won't stay lit because  your wick is drowning in it's own wax pool you can try using a paper towel to soak up some of the extra wax.  Keep doing this until the wick has a little room to breathe.  DO NOT start to scrap chunks of wax out of the middle of the candle.  This will only make your problem worse in the long run. Your goal is to reset the wax pool so it burns to the edge of the jar again.  If your wick still keeps going out you can wrap a little tent of foil around the rim of the container to provide some insulation and help soften the hard wax around the edges of the container. I would recommend putting your foil wrapped candle in the sink and keeping a close eye on it.  Your goal is just to soften the edges and please be careful with the hot foil.  If neither of these options work and your candle is still extremely tunneled... you are... probably out of luck.  You can still enjoy your candle by warming it on wax warmer (the solution of candle loving college students in dorms every where).

Trim your wicks, PLEASE.

The most common problem I see in pictures of misbehaving candles is an untrimmed wick. Untrimmed wicks lead to tunneling.  For the best burn, keep your wick trimmed to about 1/8"and make sure to clean off any burnt black crunchy bits from the last burn.  You can use an old set of nail trimmers or just use your fingers to pinch off the edges. Be sure to trim your wicks after the wax has re-hardened from the last burn so you can just shake any wick pieces into the trash and they don't get stuck in your melt pool.

GET LIT

Lighting a wood wick candle is a bit different than lighting a traditional cotton wick.  When lighting your candle tilt it on an angle and let the flame travel across the length of the wick so the whole wick is burning evenly.  It may take more than once to light your wick, especially on the first go.  There's no harm in trying again or if the wick looks too long be sure to trim it down a bit before firing it up.  Your wick shouldn't produce smoke or soot, if it is that means it needs to be trimmed.

Rose & Adder is not responsible for poorly burned candles.  Please burn your candles on a flat heat resistant surface away from drafts, pets, & children.  Always burn your candles in sight.