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    Random question for candle noob.

    I noticed on my standard votive candle pack... it insists that you should trim the wick before you first light the candle, and each time you re-light it. I have never done this before in my life. What does this do for the candle?

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    Originally posted by Eyeris View Post
    Random question for candle noob.

    I noticed on my standard votive candle pack... it insists that you should trim the wick before you first light the candle, and each time you re-light it. I have never done this before in my life. What does this do for the candle?
    I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong, but I was led to believe that the candles would burn better and with less smoke if the wick was trimmed.
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    • #3
      it keeps the flame smaller, so its less of a fire hazard. i never do it, though.




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      • #4
        For votive candles your wick should be about 1/4" to a 1/2" long. Candles need oxygen to burn and if your wick is too long, it can mess with the flow of oxygen and cause it to smoke.
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        • #5
          It hasn't been mentioned but clipping the wick also helps prevent larger candles from pitting. I understand it causes the heat to be disapated evenly across the surface vice creating a hot spot when the wick is long and has a higher flame.

          It's supposed to also help lesson the affect / effect of a smoking wick. Those wicks that seem to leave a heavy black residue when heavy oil based candles are used.

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