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Why You Need to Trim Candle Wicks

Always Trim Candle Wicks

If you burn candles often, you should know how important it is to trim candle wicks. It is crucial to the candle burning experience and should be done frequently. The only time that you do not need to trim candle wicks is the first time you light it. We trim them before they leave the studio.

Breakaway Wicks

For most candles, especially those with metal cores, you need a wick trimmer or scissors in order to trim your wick. With our Breakaway Wicks, you can easily trim candle wicks without tools. Simply let it cool completely, then break off the excess with your finger before relighting.

Why Trim Candle Wicks?

Burn Quality and Appearance

Untrimmed wicks can cause irregular burn qualities, leading to excess smoke and soot. Many candle wicks are marketed as “self-trimming.” This just means the excess build-up on the end of your wick will eventually fall off into your wax pool. Our wicks will do this, but we don’t advise it. We highly suggest that you trim candle wicks to the appropriate length before relighting. For starters, all those little bits of burnt wick just look trashy at the bottom of the candle.


Why You Should Trim Candle Wicks


More importantly, debris in your wax can inhibit your wick and cause even more burning problems. Unmanaged candles can also be dangerous. Be sure to check out this article from the National Candle Association about candle safety.

Candle Control

If simply pinched and broken, our wicks will almost always leave about ¼” of wick behind. This length is ideal for a 2-4 hour burn. However, if you find you desire a bigger flame, you can pinch a little higher and leave more than 1/4” of wick for your next burn. Keep in mind, a bigger flame will generate more heat and melt your wax faster, potentially decreasing overall burn time. On the other hand, if you tend to burn for longer periods of time, you can trim your wick a little shorter. This will increase the time needed to achieve a full melt pool, leading to longer overall burn times.