How Long Should a Candle Wick Be

How Long Should a Candle Wick Be

Our suggestion is that a candle wick should be approximately five millimetres or one quarter of an inch from the candle wax to the top of the wick. There are different candle wicks available, cotton or wood but the five-millimetre advice is the same for all wicks. You can use scissors to trim wicks, but for the best results use a purpose designed candle wick trimmer to trim your wick. We also suggest that the wick should be trimmed every 4 hours of candle burn time.

How long should a candle wick be
Chandlery. How long should a candle wick be

Candle Wick Trimmers

Purpose designed wick trimmers are able to trim wicks even when they are low down in the candle. General scissors become harder to use as a wick trimmer the lower the wick is in the candle. It is a wise investment to get a proper wick trimmer to look after you candles. We have a range of wick trimmers as in the image below.

Candle Wick Trimmers to keep your candle wicks at the right length


Why You Should Trim Your Candle Wick

Candle wicks that become too tall tend to burn too quickly with large flames which can cause sooty smoke. After you have invested in a beautiful candle why let it burn too quickly? Trim the wick regularly and your candle will last longer.  

How to Fix Candles with Short Wick?

Short candle wicks can be difficult to light. The only answer is to carefully 'dig' out a little wax from the base of the wick to lengthen the wick to the optimum length of 5 millimetres


Handmade Candles, Reed Diffusers, Wax melts

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We are a modern-day handmade candle chandler, hand pouring soy wax candles using traditional methods and skills but also other fragrance items such as reed diffusers, tealights and wax melts.



Our Handmade Candles

Our handmade candles are hand poured by us in small batches at our FelinFach Candle Studio. Our candle wax, diffuser base and fragrance oils are cruelty free and vegan and are made from natural Soy Wax or a Soy and Coconut wax blend – they do not contain any paraffin waxes. Soy candle wax is a renewable and eco-friendly product, and we believe that it provides you with the longest, safest, cleanest burn and has excellent fragrance-holding qualities.

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Last update 1st March 2023

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