Centring and securing a wick to a candle container has an aesthetic benefit but it is also a safety issue. A properly centred wick creates an even wax pool, an even burn and is important for the safety and performance of a burning candle. When the wick is not properly centred, it can lean or fall over to one side of the candle container, potentially increasing the heat in one part of the container. This may risk damaging the container itself and it can create a burn risk for customers.
Centring and Securing a Candle Wick
You have chosen your candle wick, now you need to ensure;
the wick is in the centre of the candle container, and
the wick sticks to the bottom of the container.
Centring the Wick
After the wick has been cut to the right length, slightly taller than the container, using a wick centring tool helps keep the wick in the centre of the container as you pour the wax. It is possible to centre a wick 'by eye' but experience will tell you, sooner or later, that a centring tool is the reliable way to centre a wick. A centring tool becomes all the more important with multi wick candles, such as 3 wick candles.
Securing or Sticking a Wick to a Candle Container
There are some different ways to secure a wick to the candle container, but this guide explains the most common method, namely using what is known as a 'stickum'.
You can stick the wick directly to the bottom of the container using a double-sided adhesive sticker, the 'stickum'.
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It is always important to treat your 3 wick candles safely and with care. Please note the follow candle care advice...
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Place candles on a stable surface away from flammable objects.
Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house.