Tricks to Fix a Short Candlewick
Whenever you light a candle, the heat from the flame usually melts the wax around the wick. This wick is specifically prepared from porous twines like braided cotton or even other strings or cords; these twines utilize the capillary action to pull out the liquefied wax up to the wick to carry fuel to the candle flame. This isn't very pleasant, but there are various ways to prevent this.
Read on the following ways to find what can you do about very short candle wicks:
METHOD TO PREVENT A TINY CANDLEWICK
If you want your candles to burn evenly, it's necessary to trim the wick to at least ¼" to ⅛" before every time you light it. But be very cautious about not cutting the wick too short.
Nail clippers and scissors both are handy to get this task done. You can cut a long wick with Homesick's handy wick trimmer. You can store it in a customized cloth carrier for a cleaner and safer burn.
While lighting the candle, wait and let it burn for at least 20 minutes and keep checking it frequently. This stops tunneling, and the wax at the central and around the wick are melted. Tunneling is necessary to stop because it burns down the wick faster and results in shortness of the wick.
Besides, it would be best if you placed the candle far from the draft, resulting in an uneven burn of the flame even before the uppermost layer of wax has time to liquefy.
Trimming the candle before every time would also facilitate an even burn. If you leave the tiny "mushroom' curls on top of the wick, it would often result in a lumpy flame that prevents the evenness of the burn. Hence, you should trim that wick and enhance the glory of your superbly shaped candle flame.
METHOD TO FIX A SHORT CANDLEWICK
The shortness of candlewick can be a vital affecting issue. However, you can instantly solve this problem.
If you can light the candle: In this case, wait and let it burn for at least 20 minutes and keep checking it frequently. If the problem remains after liquefying enough wax, you probably require to separate some wax. To do this, cautiously blow out the flame and dissolve the wax on a bowl or disposable plate.
Another option is, soaking up the liquefied wax with dry paper towels. Relight the candle and let it burn, and keep checking it frequently. If there's no problem with the flame, let it burn until the topmost layer of the wax is entirely liquefied. Make sure that you aren't creating any tunneling. After enough amount of wax has liquefied, blow out the flame and let the wax get cool.
If you can't light the candle: If the first case isn't possible, you can use a heat gun to liquefy the wax. Then, remove the melted wax, and the wick would work properly. You can also do this by using a candle lighter or a hair drier. Once done, remove it with a butter knife or spoon. But, don't attempt to put the candle inside the microwave to prevent fire hazards.
If the candle wick is buried: Often, a wick is lengthy enough, but it gets buried while the wax is still in its liquid state and sticks to the wax. You can use a heat gun to liquefy the wax. Then, remove the melted wax, and the wick would work properly. You can also do this by using a candle lighter or a hair drier. Once done, remove it with a butter knife or spoon. Don't forget to trim the wick every time before lighting the candle to stop this trouble from happening repeatedly.
The aromatic and lighting candles turn any ambition into a more soothing and peaceful experience. However, nasty burns can cause fire hazards and can affect the air quality of your home. You can solve this yourself. Trim the wicks frequently, keep them away from airy areas and prevent oil build-up to ensure a safer and cleaner burn every time you light them.
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