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Candle Wicks

Importance of selecting the correct wick

Not all wicks are created equally. Wicks are a very important element in candle making as they determine how well your candle will burn. 

Wick Length

The wick length must be at least 1cm longer that the height of your container, which allows a bit extra to hold in place with a wick holder. For example, if your container is 10cm deep (from top to bottom), your wick needs to be at least 11cm. Longer is fine as you can cut off the excess once the candle has set.

Which wick size/number to use?

To determine which wick size/number to use, you need to first measure the diameter of your jar at the maximum width.

Refer to the Wick Chart to determine the most suitable wick(s).

You may need to try 2 or 3 different wick sizes to get the right size for your particular candle, as many things can affect the burn: wax, fragrance, dye, jar. For example, a candle tin measuring 45mm high, 72mm diameter, I would select either CDN14 or HTP105 in 150mm length. I can cut the wick in half before I make the candle, or trim once the candle has set. Don’t waste the offcuts - simply affix a wick tab to one end to use in your next candle. 

Wick Chart – Essential Candle Supply

BURN DIAMETER CDN WICK HTP WICK
40mm   HTP 62
42mm   HTP 72
45mm CDN 6 HTP 83
47mm   HTP 93
50mm CDN 8 HTP 104
52mm CDN 10  
55-60mm CDN 12  
65-70mm CDN 14 HTP 105
70-75mm CDN 16  
75-80mm CDN 18 HTP 126
80-85mm CDN 22  
85-90mm CDN 24  
80-90mm   HTP 1312