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  1. #1
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    Default candles won't stay lit

    Hello all,
    I am new (5 years) to beekeeping and also candle making. I did already find answers right here to some of my questions. I have made some 3" wide pillar candles with beeswax using #60 wicking. The candles just won't stay lit. They just burn down the center a little and then drown in the wax. I have ordered some new wick after reading about the square braid type of wick in different sizes to see if that helps. The wax is nice and clean. I melted it several times in water to get out the gunk. Any ideas as to what may be wrong. Thanks.
    Pat in WI

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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    Hello Pat,

    The wick you are using is too small... you need to use a thicker wick. I use a square braided cotton wick that I buy from kerzenidee in Germany (I am based in Australia). They are really good people to deal with.

    This page on their website will tell you a bit more about the correct sizes of wicks for various candle widths: http://www.kerzenidee.de/index.php?a...te&sprache=eng

    Essentially what is happening in your case is that the flame is burning up the wick too fast - the wick doesn't have enough body to allow it to feed the flame with the surrounding wax. Therefore the wick becomes smaller and smaller eventually drowning the flame in the liquid wax and forming a tunnel effect - with a lot of un-molten wax still present at the edges of the candle.

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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    Thank you so much. The website and your info is just what I need. Hopefully one of the new wick sizes I ordered will work.
    Pat in WI

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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    Pat in WI...

    Try candlewic.com for a USA based company. The have all sizes of sq braided wicks and will gladly assist you in finding the proper sized wick.
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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    Thank you also snl. I think it would be pretty hard to order from Germany and shipping would be awful. But there is some useful info there. I see at candlewic too.
    Pat in WI

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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    We pour the 3" also. make sure if you buy from candlewic that you get beeswax wick. parrifin wicks are much thinner.dadants or glorybee both have what you need. Bigger wick.
    Nick

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    Default Re: candles won't stay lit

    I have read that the first time a pillar is burned that it should burn one hour per inch of diameter to condition the candle. Supposedly after the first burn, then the pillar can be burned for less time at a time. They stated if this wasn't followed that the pillar would tunnel. So a 3" pillar should burn about 3 hours till almost the edge of the candle.

    I agree with the others that small wicks tend to drown as they have enough umph to keep melting the wax, but not feed the flame fast enough. Therefore, they drown in the melt pool.

    Candle hugging the edges is also recommended by some.

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