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Regardless of your level of experience in candle making, you still might ask, "Am I using the right wick?" Even veteran candle makers evaluate this question from time to time.
of the candle will be greatly influenced by your ability to select the
proper wick for each type of candle that you make. The wick will influence
the burn time of the candle, scent throw and "sooting" or smoking
during the candle’s life. As we have stated many times, there is
not one perfect wick that will work for each and every application. The
right wick is dependent on many factors including the wax type, scent
added, color, burn time, type of candle and even the maintenance.
The issue any candle maker has is where to start when choosing the proper wick. In today’s marketplace the possibilities are endless and can be overwhelming at times. One of the most popular wicks for container and votive candles has been the zinc core wick. The zinc core has always offered rigidity in the "hot pour" process. But the down side is that zinc is very prone to mushrooming and carbon deposits. The zinc core can also be confused with the lead core wicks due to the metal in the middle of the wick. NOTE: There is ban on lead core wick in the United States.
When selecting alternatives to the zinc core, some popular choices include the RRD wicks (Round wicks), HTP wicks, LX and CD. In summary these wicks feature the following:
a round directional wick with a cotton core and tension threads. It has
been designed for optimal burn in solid-colored, scented votives and containers.
This Wick Types Chart is a great resource to determine the different characteristics of each wick type.
Each type of wick brings something different to the candle in terms of performance. It must also be noted there are many other wicks that perform very well. The wicks in the list above have been featured since they are requested most often. Other wicks to consider include the TL Series, PK and even hemp wicks. The flat braided wicks have always been popular for pillars and tapers. The standard 24 Ply and 27 Ply have always been popular in 2-3" pillars.
Choosing the proper wick can be a daunting experience to even the most experienced candle makers. A Custom Wick Builder such as this one makes it easy to get the exact wick you need for any type of candle production.
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