Why Does The Choice Candle Wick Matter?
The candle wick is the smallest part of the candle but is one of the most important to lighting your candle’s flame and keeping it lit.
Your choice of wick type, material and diameter will change how the candle burns, how quickly and how large the pool of wax at the end will be.
There will be different choices of wick that work better for artisan candles made of different materials, different shapes, even different colours.
How Does A Candle Wick Work?
A candle wick is a braid of cotton or string that is the centre of the candle, and where the candle wax is attached to.
The wick burns and melts the candle according to a scientific concept known as capillary action.
How this works is that the flame from the wick melts the wax near it, and that liquid wax is drawn upwards into the flame, keeping it burning despite gravity suggesting the liquid should flow downwards.
What Factors Matter In A Candle Wick?
The key factors that will change how a candlewick melts a candle are the ingredients it is made of, the treatment added to the candle, the size and diameter.
· Ingredients – A typical candle wick is made out of braided cotton, cord or string, although you can sometimes see wooden wicks as well. The material affects how the flame initially burns and can be affected by stiffening ingredients such as copper.
· Pre-Treatment – Many candles are pre-treated with flame-resistant solutions to ensure that the wick burns slowly and allows the candle to melt, rather than simply burn up immediately.
· Diameter – The larger the diameter, the larger the flame and the quicker the candle will burn out.