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, 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

Cotton Wicks versus Wood Wicks

Woodwick candles are a great alternative to traditional cotton wicks and they are a good complement to our handmade soy wax candles. Our premier natural double woodwicks are an eco-friendly and sustainable product. Each woodwick candle burns cleanly and disperses fragrance excellently. These wicks also create an enhanced atmosphere with a soft, relaxing crackle sound known as the woodwick candles crackle, like that of a log fire.

Woodwick Candles

  • Clean and Even Burn

    Woodwick candles heat your wax evenly, allowing you to get the most out of your candle. Our candles flame equally on all sides, giving you a clean and even burn. Woodwick candles make less soot than conventional wicks. Before each burn, trim off the charred part of the wick and you’ll have a clean, bright and even burn every time.

  • Woodwicks Burn Longer

    Woodwick candles burn at a slower rate than cotton wicks. Comparing a woodwick candle to one with a cotton wick under equal conditions, these candle burns more slowly and will last longer.

  • Light and Sound 

    Like a log fire, woodwick candles generates gentle, soothing crackling sounds as they burn. This together with natural flame of your candle creates a super relaxing environment whilst burning your candle. The cut of a wood wick gives your candle a distinctive modern flame feel, further adding to the improved ambiance of any room. You just don’t get this with a cotton wick.

  • Eco Friendly and Sustainably Sourced

    Our woodwicks are what they say, that is 100% wood. They are eco-friendly and sustainable products sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mills. Woodwicks are more sustainable than cotton wicks, as they can be harvested with sustainable forestry methods, with thousands and thousands of wood wicks coming from a single tree. 

  • Candles Look and Feel

    Lastly and maybe not least, and very subjectively (!!!) we believe that these candles look more pleasing to the eye than a similar candle with a cotton wick.


Chandlery - Handmade Candles, Reed Diffusers, Wax melts

A Chandlery? - "a handmade maker and seller of tallow, wax candles, and also usually soap". A chandlery was originally the office in a wealthy medieval household responsible for wax, candles and soaps as well as the room in which the candles were kept. 

We are a modern-day candle chandler, hand pouring 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 Chandlery Studio. Our candle soy 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.

Chandlery - handmade soy wax candles, 3 wick candles, wax melts and tealights

FelinFach in association with Tree Nation plants one tree for every product purchased on our website. We do not source our soy wax from countries where there has been deforestation in producing soy wax.


About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales Chandlery - Reed diffusers, tealights and wax melts - hand poured in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our ethos is defined in the three words,   NATURAL TRADITIONAL HANDMADE.

We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for WoolAll ThingsWales, Global Welsh and Red Dragon America.

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Last update 25th November 2022

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