The One About Wooden Wicks
Wooden wicks are not a new ‘thing’ in candle making but they are certainly less common than the average waxed cotton wick. The unknown is something humans are inherently scared of but let me put your mind at rest on the myths of wooden wicks!
#1 - WOODEN WICKS MUST BE SOAKED IN OIL OR WAX BEFORE USE.
FALSE: Wooden wicks are meant to be used just as they are, plain, untreated , raw wood. You may read that without “soaking” the wick the candle will not burn at its best but this is untrue. If the wooden wick is not staying lit there are almost definitely other factors at play. Such as incorrect wick size or the wick being too high above the wax or the candle being moved around during burning.
#2 - WOODEN WICKS ARE HARDER TO USE.
FALSE: Wooden wicks are actually easier to use than cotton wicks. The candle making process is just as much a science as it is an art so it takes time and testing to find the correct wick but with patience and time you will find it and the candle will burn beautifully if lit correctly. Another pro over a cotton wick is that wooden wicks are rigid, meaning that they need no wick bars or straightening. This helps to save time during the candle making process and results in less crooked or off center wicks.
#3 - WOODEN WICKS NEED TO BE LONGER FOR A BIGGER FLAME.
FALSE: Wooden wicks need to be kept around 4mm above the wax for best results. If the wick is kept at the proper height and it is correctly sized for the candle and wax, you will have a beautiful flame. If the wick is too high above the surface, the wax will not be drawn up the wick and sustain a flame. This can lead to the wick having a low flame or self-extinguishing.
#4 - WOODEN WICKS ARE HARMFUL TOWARDS THE ENVIRONMENT.
FALSE: FSC ( Forest Stewardship Council) certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Cotton, on the other hand is a very pesticide-intensive crop that can contribute to polluting rivers and water and because of the large amounts of carbon dioxide released from fertilisers, cotton farming also contributes to climate change.
#5 - WOODEN WICKS CAN BE MADE FROM ANY TYPE OF WOOD.
FALSE AND DANGEROUS: Please do not try and use balsa wood, dowels or ice cream (craft) sticks! This is very dangerous and may cause the candle to become flammable and unstable when lit. The least it will do is make a very badly burning candle. Wooden wicks have been extensively researched so that when they are used properly will perform beautifully and safely.
I hope that helps to bust the myths of wooden wicks. If you have any further questions about wooden wicks or your candle then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace & Love