PERFECT CANDLE = (Wax + additives and fragrance) x Size x Wick
The biggest factor with choosing and testing a wick is the diameter of the candle. Other wick factors, like what it’s made of, how stiff it is or if it’s self-trimming come into play, but they are secondary to the size. Basically, the thicker the wick, the bigger a candle it can burn properly.
Types of Wicks
Wicks come in just a few basic types:
- Zinc-core - Used mostly in container candles, votives and tea lights, where the deeper melt pools require a little help to stand up.
- Flat and Square Braided – Used mostly for taper and pillar candles. The wick burns hotter than zinc-core wicks and bends slightly at the tip effectively "trimming" itself. Because it burns hotter, it is less prone to mushrooming.
- Paper Core – used mostly for container candles and candles that need an extra-hot flame.
- Cotton and Paper Braid - Used mostly for natural waxes like Soy
- Specialty wicks - Hemp wicks, citronella candle wicks and a few others