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Cedar Wick Candle Won't Burn? Read This

Like a mini fireplace, cedar wick candles provide a relaxing ambiance. They throw the candle scent better than cotton wick candles and they crackle as they burn.


HOW TO LIGHT A CEDAR WICK CANDLE

When lighting a wood wick candle, the best technique is to tilt it on an angle and let the flame draw across the length of the wick (kind of like how you tilt a match after lighting). You might find a long necked butane lighter or a USB lighter easier to use. It may take several tries to get it lit!



FIRST BURN

Using the wick trimmer, trim the wick to 1/8”. If the wick is too long, the wax will not pull up the wick and the wick will extinguish.


VERY IMPORTANT. Your first burn should last long enough so the wax can melt evenly across the entire surface of the container. This should take 60 minutes to several hours. An uneven wax pool can make a tunnel that drowns the wick and causes problems when lighting it.

NEXT BURNS

Using the wick trimmer, trim the wick to 1/8”, making sure to trim any burnt bits. If you don’t do this, the candle may not light.


Do not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time.


WHY DOES MY WICK GO OUT?

  • Wax needs to start flowing up the wick. Try relighting.

  • Wick is too far above the surface of the wax. The longer the wick the harder it is for the wax to flow up the wick. Make sure the wick is trimmed to 1/8” and relight.

  • Too much ash or wick is charred. Gently trim off the excess as described above.

  • Insufficient melt pool forming at the base of the wick. Carefully make a melt pool at the base of the wick while lighting the candle.


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