You only get one try to make a first impression, this is why test burning is so necessary.
In this experiment, five different wicks are being tested to see which burns best in beeswax.
Left to Right:
1. HTP104 beeswax primed
2. HTP93 soy primed
3. HTP72 soy primed
4. Tealight wicks for soy
5. Tealight wicks for paraffin
After a half hour of burn, you can see #1 is well established. This would be my pick for wick if you are looking for a bright flame.
As you work your way to the right, you can see the flame gets smaller.
It looks like the wick is not centered, but this is the curling of the wick.
It will correct itself.
The center three candles are burning very similar to each other. Now it will be the test of time.
From eye level, check the height of the flame. This might also be a factor in wicking your wax, especially if your tealight holder is enclosed. We recommend using an open holder when pouring in clear tealight cups to minimize trapping the heat
Notice the curl on this first candle and how it affects the melt pool.
This flame is small, but it is still burning with a yellow flame. A blue flame indicated that there are impurities in your wick or your wick is too small for the candle.
Observe the flame at the one hour point.
This is our second test burn. You can see the results of the first burn in the bottom row.
Left to right:
1. 3 ½ hours
2. 5 hours
3. 5 ¾ hours
4. 7 hours
5. 7 ½ hours and then extinguished.
Our customer was looking for a long burn for a wedding candle, so #4 it is, tealight wick for soy wax is the winner.
Oh, I see: the criterion was long burning.
pardon me, I dont see why number one isnt the winner - ? Great blog post