We offer two types of wick, both ideal for use in soy waxes.
ECO ( by Wedo)
ECO candle wick is a flat cotton wick braided with thin paper threads that gives the wick a rigid structure without the need for a core. An excellent choice for soy candles, this wick has good burn stability that works well in votives, containers and pillars. ECO wicks also work well with wax blends and low melt-point paraffin waxes.
ECO wicks are very similar to CDN types wicks but have less mushrooming and a shorter after glow.
HTP (Atkins and Pearce)
The HTP series is designed to provide the benefits of a self-trimming wick posture with rigidity approaching those found in cored wicks. High-performance fibers, along with other natural materials are engineered into a specially constructed braid, producing a more predictable wick posture. HTP wick is especially well-suited for tough-to-burn formulations that contain many additives.
Conducting a burn test:
1. Trim the wick to 1/2cm. If testing multiple candles, make sure they are clearly labeled.
2. Place the candles on a clean, flat, heat resistant surface 10 15cm apart. This area should be clearly visible from your work space as the candles must not be left unattended while lit.
3. Light the candles and record the time. It is critical to keep an eye on the candles while they are burning especially when testing new wicks.
4. After 2 hours record the details of the melt pool and wick appearance. Ideally the melt pool will achieve the desired diameter* by that point. If it hasn't, the wick is most likely too small. Note any soot or mushrooming on the wick.
5 .After 4 hours record the details of the melt pool and wick, then gently blow out the flame. At this point the melt pool of a well wicked candle will have achieved the desired diameter* and should be approximately 1cm inch deep. If the wick is mushrooming, the candle is sooting, or the melt pool is substantially deeper than 1cm inch the wick is most likely too large. See video below "Choosing the Right Wick Size" to see a correctly wicked candle.
6. Allow the candle to cool for at least 5 hours and repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until the candle is completely burned. The quality of burn will almost always change during the entire burning of the candle. To make sure you see exactly what your customers will see burn the entire candle before making a wick decision.
CandleScience have created the following video to assist you with choosing your wick: