Wooden wick candles are amazing to burn and each one will crackle like a little log fire, creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. There are a few points of ‘best practice’ when burning your wood wick candle, as they can be quite different to a regular cotton wick candle. We include simple candle burning instructions with all candles at the time of purchase, but here are some more tips and information that will help you get the best results from your favourite Coast Candle.
· When you light your candle for the first time, ensure that your wicks are short (no more than 1/8 inch (your candle should already be trimmed to the right height but just in case one slips through the net).
· Wooden wicks take slightly longer to light than cotton wicks. Light your wick as close as you can to the wax – this ensures the wick is lit properly. It may take up to 20 seconds for your wick to be fully alight – this is normal.
· Your candle has a ‘memory’, in that it remembers the first burn and when you relight your candle (if burned correctly) it will burn all the way to the edge of your container, avoiding any tunnelling. You must allow your candle to reach a full melt pool (i.e. melt all the way across the top of your candle) in order to get the best burn. As a rule of thumb, one inch of the diameter of your candle = 1 hours burning time.
· You should allow a minimum of 2 hours for your first burn (the smaller travel candle may take less time, depending on the fragrance) and no more than 4 hours maximum (after 4 hours, your candle is a safety hazard).
· Do not touch or move your candle while still burning or immediately after it has been extinguished – the container will be hot.
· Wooden wicks are generally self-trimming but if the excess burnt wood is longer than 1/8 inch and the flame is too high, extinguish your candle, allow to cool before trimming your wick and then relight.
· You can snap off excess wick with your fingers or you can use wood wick trimmers. If you don’t have these to hand, nail clippers will also do the job. Keep your candle free of charred bits of wick.
· Always burn your candle on a flat, heat-resistant surface.
· Keep a safe distance away from drafts, children, pets, fabric and any flammable materials.
· Never leave a burning candle unattended.
· Burn your candle in a well-ventilated room but avoid drafts. Drafts can cause your candle flame to flicker, which leads to smoking.
· If you notice soot on the edge of your container, simply wipe round with a damp cloth. Even although our wax is designed not to soot, the very nature of a wooden wick means that a small amount of soot is inevitable.
· Extinguish your candle using a snuffer or candle lid. This will avoid creating smoke/soot, compared to just blowing out your candle.
· When the candle is nearly finished and has about half an inch of wax left in the bottom, it’s time to stop burning it. To burn beyond this point is a safety hazard.
· Remember that each candle and fragrance will have its own characteristics. Some wicks will have a louder crackle than others, some will be much more subtle. This is normal and there is nothing wrong with your candle. Every candle is unique.
· Remember that the temperature of your room can also have an impact on your candle and may affect the burn and scent throw – candles need heat to perform at their best!