Wood wick candles have been around for a long time. They are one of the most popular types of candles because they are easy to make and come in many different sizes, shapes, and styles.
Wood wicks also burn differently than other candle wicks which gives them an extra special touch. In this article, we will go over everything you need to know about wooden wick candles so that you can create your own at home!
What are wood wick candles
Wooden wick candles are a great choice for those who want to enjoy the benefits of an eco-friendly, homemade candle without having to invest in expensive supplies. The wood is typically either cedar, pine, fir, spruce, and other woods that produce natural oils when heated which can help to repel insects from the area.
Woodwick candles use no chemical additives in their wax mixture and also do not release any smoke during burning. They provide instant fragrance because they burn so cleanly!
The benefits of using a wood wick candle
Wood wick candles are often considered more environmentally friendly than other types of candles like beeswax, soy, or paraffin. This is because they release no harmful chemicals into the air and can be burned for hours without causing significant damage to the environment.
Wood wick candles also tend to give off a stronger scent when lit as opposed to some of their counterparts which only emit a faint smell after being burnt for an extended period of time.
They are also the safest type of candle to use around children and pets, as they’re less likely to be knocked over by a curious child. The best part? They can make your home smell like woodsmoke at any time without having to start up a bonfire on your property!
Types of waxes and oils that work well with a wooden wick
- Paraffin wax is generally a good choice with wooden wicks because it burns cleanly. Soy wax also works well but takes longer to melt and can be more expensive than paraffin. Beeswax has an intoxicating smell but does not work well for candles that will require frequent burning or when the weather is hot outside as they do not burn evenly in those situations.
- If you’re looking for a natural option, soy wax is an excellent choice. Soy candles are made from 100% soybean oil and burn cleaner than paraffin candles. Beeswax can be used with caution if the candle will not need to be burned often or in hot weather.
- You may also try using coconut oil as your main fuel source because of its low melting point-just don’t use more than 50%. Coconut oils add a natural fragrance that’s strong without being overpowering like some other scents might be. It’s important to remember that while all types of wicks have advantages, they each have different challenges when burning.
Step by Step Instructions: how to make your own wood wick candle
- Container/candle jars
- Candle fragrance
- Wooden Wick, wick clip, wick sticker – to hold it all in place!
- Pouring pot
- Thermometer – if you have a kitchen thermometer, this will work fine.
Do not forget to cover the area you will be working on before you start. Cover it with a drop cloth or an old towel or sheet so that there are no spills or mishaps.
- You will need to clean your vessel and make sure there is a sticker on the bottom of the wick clip. You can put a wooden wick in it. The wick will stand up on its own. You do not need any other tools to keep your wick in place when you pour the wax into it.
- Melt your wax in a pot with water. Do not let the water boil. When the wax is liquid, put it in another pot and keep it warm to work with.
- Melt the wax in a double boiler. Do not exceed 93 degrees C. If you do not have a wax pouring pitcher, use caution if using a household pot as this may damage the bottom of the pot itself. We always suggest using a pouring pot designated for candle making.
- You need to add the scent. Stir it for a couple of minutes. You can use a kitchen whisk or something else from the kitchen. The amount of fragrance in your candle will depend on the type of wax you use, and how well it holds scent. You might want a light or strong smell in your candle, depending on what you like.
- Slowly pour the two ingredients together. Pour until there is a little bit of space – about half an inch – between the liquid and the top of the pot. This space will be good for your wax!
- This candle needs to cool for at least 24 hours. If the wick is too high, you need to trim it. You should use a pair of candlewick trimmers, but if you do not have any, then you can use scissors to cut the wick down. The wick should be around 3/16” height above the wax so that your candle will burn properly.
- Once you have waited for 24 hours, light the candle and enjoy your new candle. Maybe give it to a friend. You can now brag that you made your own wood wick candle! Sit back and relax with the sound of the crackling ambiance.
Notes: When you are using 100% soy wax candles, you might need to poke relief holes as the candle cools. Once it has fully cooled, depending on what type of wax was used, you may need to re-pour the candle so that the surface is flat.
If you don’t want to do this, then use a heat gun and be careful not to burn the wick while doing so. Quickly wave the heat gun over the surface of the candle for a perfectly smooth finish. Do not use a hairdryer because it will melt and blow out all of your wax creating a big mess.
FAQs about how to make wooden wick candles
What should I know about lighting them?
The best way to light this kind of long-burning candle is with a lighter or match – never leave them unattended near flammable objects like lamps, curtains, or papers. *If the wick is too long you risk burning out the candle before it has burned down.*
Are wood wick candles safe?
Yes! Wood wick candles are completely safe and non-toxic. They do not contain any dangerous chemicals, lead, or dyes that can be harmful to humans.
Can I use them in my home?
They are perfect for indoor use since they emit no odor. If you have a fireplace or woodstove, these kind of long burning candles make the perfect companion; place some on top of your mantle as well – it will create an inviting atmosphere while making a pretty decoration.
*Woodwick Candles also make excellent gifts when wrapped beautifully*
How long do they last?
These candles typically last for about 30 hours.