Properly Adding Multiple Wicks for Even Burning

by Editorial Team
Properly Adding Multiple Wicks for Even Burning

Making candles? Don't get tangled up in wick choices! If you've ever been wondering how many wicks your candle needs for an even burn, you've found the perfect spot.

In this blog, I'll guide you through an easy-to-follow method for choosing the right number of wicks for any candle-making project. Trust me, selecting wicks is simpler than you think, and I’ve got all the tips and tricks to make it straightforward and fun.

Understanding Your Candle's Size

Before we start, let's talk about sizes. If you're using those lovely 15-ounce Lux Jars about four inches in diameter, keep in mind that one wick is enough for candles up to 3.5 inches. Beyond that, multiple wicks are the way to go. A big wick in a big candle can lead to a large, sooty flame, and we want to avoid that.

Planning Your Wicks

Let’s get into the wick planning process. It helps to draw a template of your candle's base on paper. While this step is optional, it's a fun and helpful way to ensure your wicks are evenly placed.

Two-Wick Candles: The Simple Approach

For beginners, a two-wick candle is a great start. Just fold your template in half to find the ideal placement for each wick. It's about striking the right balance, not too big, not too small.

  • Choose the Right Wicks: Try using Large Wood Wicks or HTP 105 wicks for a good melt.

Three-Wick Candles: A Little More Complex

Three wicks require a bit more precision. Use a protractor to divide your template into three 120-degree sections. This might sound technical, but it's pretty straightforward!

  • Wick Size Matters: HTP 93 wicks can work well here. They heat up enough to melt the wax evenly.

Four-Wick Candles: Doubling Down

For four wicks, just double the process of the two-wick method. Divide your template into four parts, and you're all set.

  • Wick Choice: HTP 72s can be good, but they might burn fast, so it's worth trying out.

Picking and Placing Your Wicks

Using the right wicks is key. For your Lux Jars, you can choose from HTP72, HTP93, or Large Wood Wicks. Stick them down in the right spot with Wick Stickums to keep them in place.

If you’re using wood wicks, align their wider part with your jar's wider side for a balanced burn.

Test Your Candle

After setting up your candle, it’s time for a test burn. This will show if you've achieved that perfect melt pool. Our tests in the video found the double wick setup to be ideal.

Featured Village Craft & Candle Products

When you're ready to make your candle, we've got all you need:

These products are perfect for getting that even burn in your candles.

Ready to Start?

Now that you've got the know-how, why not give it a try? And if you need a little extra guidance, the YouTube video below is a great resource. Don’t forget to explore the variety of wicks and other candle-making supplies at Village Craft & Candle. We’re here to help you create candles that not only look great but burn perfectly too.

Watch the video, explore our products, and start your candle-making adventure today! 

Happy candle-making!

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