What To Do With A Candle When The Wick Is Gone?

Updated on December 9, 2022

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What To Do With A Candle When The Wick Is Gone?

Candles are great for decorating homes, parties, and special occasions. But sometimes candles can become damaged or lose their wicks. If this happens, you'll need to find a way to re-wick the candle or replace the wick.

If you've lost your wick you can add a new wick. To add a new wick, simply remove the old wick and place a new one inside the container. Be careful not to push the new wick down too far into the container. Otherwise, the wick won't reach the bottom of the container and the candle will burn unevenly.

Fixing A Lost Wick

There are several options available if you've lost your wick in the candle wax. You can either extend the wick or substitute the wick. There are pros and cons to each method.

What To Do With A Candle When The Wick Is Gone?

Extending the wick involves using a candle holder to hold the candle upright and allowing the melted wax to drip down onto the bottom of the candle holder. Once the wax cools, you'll be able to pull off the old wick and replace it with a new one.

Substituting the wick means melting the wax down enough to remove the old wick and replacing it with a new one, usually made of cotton string.

Another option is to completely transfer the candle to a new container, which is called transferring the candle. Transferring a candle is similar to extending the wick, except instead of dripping the wax down onto the bottom of a candle holder, you simply melt the wax pool down until it covers the entire surface of the candle.

Re-Wicking Your Candle

Candle wicks are made out of cotton, hemp, linen, jute, sisal, bamboo, etc. You can extend the life of your candles by re-wicking them. Re-wicking involves adding a new wick to replace the original one.

Re-Wicking Your Candle

There are several methods for re-wicking your candles. Some people prefer to use a needle and thread, others prefer to use a hot glue gun. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you keep the wick straight and not twisted.

Make sure that you remove any excess wax from the wick before inserting it into the candle. Wax tends to collect at the bottom of the wick, making it difficult to light. Also, if there is no wax left on the wick, it may cause the wick to catch fire.

To prevent the wick from burning down to the bottom of the candle, hold the wick above the candle. Once the wick burns through the wax, let go of the wick and watch it fall into the candle.

Transfer To A New Container

This is a great idea if you've already used up your candle and now have nothing left to burn. Transferring the candle into a new glass container makes it look brand new.

You'll need to find a new wick and a container that fits the shape of the old one. You may also need to purchase a wick holder to keep the wick in place.

Once you've transferred the candle into its new container, pour the remaining wax into the new container and let it harden. Afterward, trim the wick with the wick trimmer to remove any excess wax.

Transfer To A New Container

Scrape Out The Wax Around The Wick

If you've ever had a candle burn down to its wick, you probably remember the feeling of frustration. You'd try to dig the wick out, only to find that the wax was stuck around the edges of your favorite candle.

You might think that you could simply scrape off the wax around the wicks, but that wouldn't work very well. After all, the wax isn't actually attached to the wick itself; it's just sitting on top of it. Scraping away the wax would leave behind a bunch of loose wax that would fall right back onto the wick.

Scrape Out The Wax Around The Wick

Instead, you should try melting the wax around the wicking material. Once the wax melts, you can easily scoop it out and unbury the wick.

Of course, if you light your candle, it may go back out again and bury the new wick. So, I would suggest trying one of the earlier methods I mentioned to extend your wick.

How To Prevent A Buried Wick?

A buried wick is the number one cause of candle failure. Candlemakers spend countless hours trying to figure out how to prevent a buried wick. But there's no magic formula. You just have to pay close attention to the steps involved in making candles.

How To Prevent A Buried Wick

Before you light the candle, make sure the candle is centered. If it isn't, use a tweezer to center the wick.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to burn your candle. Don't light the candle for 20 minutes and then blow it out! Blow it out only once the entire top layer of the wax is melted.

Finally, make sure you are cutting the wick correctly. Each time you burn the scented candle you should trim the candle wick to 1/8" to ¼".


Why Won't My Candle Stay Lit?

Candles are great for adding ambiance to any room, but if yours won't stay lit, it might be time to consider whether or not you've done everything you can to keep it burning.

Candles come in many shapes and sizes, so it's hard to pinpoint exactly what causes a candle to burn out. However, there are several factors that can contribute to a candle being extinguished.

Air drafts and wind are two common culprits. Air drafts can blow hot air directly onto the larger flame, causing it to extinguish. Wind can also blow away the oxygen needed to sustain the weak flame.

Candles burn down quickly if not properly cared for. Candles should never sit under an air vent or near windows since air drafts and wind can blow out the flame.

You can also try wrapping the wick in a scrap of paper to prevent it from burning through. However, if the wick still won't stay lit, then you'll need to replace it.

You can find replacement candles at most hardware stores. Just look for ones that are made specifically for outdoor use. These types of candles tend to last longer than regular indoor candles.

Why Won't My Wick Light Anymore?

There are several reasons why your wicks might stop lighting up. You may have used the wrong kind of wick for your candle. Or maybe you accidentally burned down the wick.

Whatever the reason, if you find yourself without any light at the end of your wick, there are a couple of options available to you.

You can try coating the wick in melted paraffin wax or a boracic acid solution. These solutions will help relight the wick. However, you should only use these solutions if you have no other option. Otherwise, you risk burning down the entire Yankee candle.

However, you shouldn't soak the wick in water. Water causes the wick to burn unevenly and makes the flame height flicker. Also, you should avoid dipping the wick directly into the solution because that can cause the wick to break off. Instead, place the wick in the solution and let it sit until the wick absorbs enough moisture to stay lit.

What To Do About A Thin Wick?

There are several options available if you find yourself with a thin wick. You can wrap it on print paper. Another option is to simply re-wick the candle with a wooden toothpick, paper wick, or skewer. Finally, you can use a popsicle stick instead.

Smell is one of the human senses which can flow through the whole body. I am the Founder of NeoCandle.com where we talk all about scented candles. Known as Candace the Candle Girl, I know pretty much all there is to know about scented candles. I make and sell them on Etsy and Ebay - so be sure to ask if you have any burning questions :) (pun intended ;) )

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