There's something magical about the soft flickering of candlelight that can instantly transform any space into a cozy sanctuary. With our wooden wick, Companion Candles add a unique touch to this experience, offering a gentle crackling sound reminiscent of a fireplace. However, lighting our candles can be slightly different from traditional cotton wicks. In this guide, we'll explore the art of lighting wooden wick candles and discover the secrets to ensuring a smooth and safe burn.
What are Wooden Wick Candles?
Before we dive into the lighting process, let's understand what makes wooden wick candles so special. Unlike regular cotton wicks, wooden wicks are made from natural, untreated wood, often sourced from fruit trees or native softwoods. The distinct crackling sound they produce when lit gives a touch of nature to your home, while their wide, flat shape allows for an even burn and better scent throw.
Preparation: Trimming the Wick
Before lighting a wooden wick candle for the first time, it's crucial to prepare the wick. Trim the wick to approximately 1/8 inch or 3.2 mm using a pair of sharp scissors or a wick trimmer. Trimming the wick to the right length will ensure a controlled burn and prevent excessive soot or smoke.
Selecting the Right Lighting Method
There are several ways to light a wooden wick candle, but the key is to use a safe and efficient method to ensure a consistent burn.
Traditional Lighter: This is the simplest method. Light a long-necked lighter or a matchstick and carefully bring the flame in contact with the wooden wick at its base. Be patient and give the wick enough time to catch the flame.
Candle Lighter Wand: These long, flexible lighters are designed specifically for lighting candles, including wooden wick ones. The extended reach and steady flame make it easy to light the wick without getting too close to the candle's surface.
The Lighting Process
Find a flat, heat-resistant surface: Place your wooden wick candle on a sturdy and fireproof surface. Avoid flammable materials, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
Create a draft-free environment: Before lighting the candle, ensure that there are no strong drafts around the area. Drafts can cause uneven burning or extinguish the flame altogether.
Light the wick: Hold the flame close to the base of the wick, allowing it to catch fire. The wooden wick may take a few seconds to fully ignite. Be patient and avoid touching the wick while it burns.
Observe the burn: Once the wick is lit, observe the flame for a few moments. Ensure it is burning steadily and not flickering excessively. If the flame appears too high, it might indicate that the wick needs to be trimmed further.
Safety first: After enjoying your wooden wick candle, remember to extinguish the flame properly by using a snuffer or gently blowing it out. Never use water to extinguish the candle, as it can damage the wooden wick and cause splattering.
Tips for Optimal Burning
To make the most of your wooden wick candle and ensure a long-lasting, even burn, consider these additional tips:
Keep the candle clean: Remove any debris or burnt wood from the candle before each lighting to ensure a clean burn.
Avoid tunneling: Allow the candle to burn long enough each time so that the wax melts evenly across the entire surface. This prevents tunneling and maximizes the candle's life.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions: Different candles may have specific guidelines for optimal burning. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.
Lighting a wooden wick candle is an enjoyable experience that brings a touch of nature and serenity to any space. By following these simple steps and tips, you can enjoy a long-lasting, crackling burn and embrace the enchanting ambiance.