Pros & Cons Of Wooden Wicks Vs Cotton Wicks

Updated on August 21, 2022

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Here We Discuss The Pros & Cons Of Wooden Wicks, Compare Wooden Wicks Vs. Cotton Wicks

If you want your candle business to be successful, understanding and correctly using wooden wicks is key. They may seem daunting at first, but with a little knowledge, they're not that difficult to work with.

Although it may not seem like it, there is not a big difference between making regular candles and candles with wood wicks. The wax still needs to be melted and shaped with a different type of wick embedded. Picking the right wick is complicated, but once you have the perfect wooden one, the steps to create your candle are the same.

Many people opt for wooden wicks because of their pleasing aesthetics and crackling properties, resulting in a flame that burns with a corresponding noise and effect.

When examined side-by-side, it's clear that candles made with hardwood wicks are more stylish and modern than those crafted with standard cotton wicks. The increased flammability of the hardwood makes for a better candle flame, which in turn creates a more attractive candle.

This post will teach you everything there is to know about wood wicks, including the many types of wooden wicks and how to make candles with them. Let's get started, shall we?

Wooden wicks overview

When it comes to the operation of candles, using cotton or hardwood wicks does not affect the procedure, aside from the fact that one of them is composed of cotton and the other is constructed of wood. On the other hand, Wooden wicks have seen a surge in popularity in recent decades, as an increasing number of candle makers have started utilizing them.

Maple, oak,  birch, balsa, cherry, rosewood, or even a mix of these different types of woods are among the many sources from which wicks may be manufactured. You must use the sort of wood specified in the patent description and perform it correctly when making wood wicks. However, there are numerous various sorts of wood wicks available. We'll go through several kinds of wood wicks in the following paragraph.

Types Of Wooden Candle Wicks

How to do sizing of wooden wick?

Step #1 Select three wicks

Follow the manufacturer's wick size recommendations, then choose one notch smaller and one larger. Finally, build a candle using each of these wicks during the testing process.

When determining the correct wick size, you must choose three wicks based on standard wick specifications and suggested sizes. Cotton wick sizing is comparable to wooden wick sizing.

The only two points that differentiate a craftsman's wick from a normal one--made of cotton--are its width and the material from which it is made. The length of both will be comparable. If you are making single-ply wicks, wooden strips with the thinnest possible profile will do; for spiral wicks, you'll need thicker wooden ones. Once you have chosen the appropriate size for your project, prepare several wicks in that size because testing is essential.

Step #2 Testing the wick

Candles with wood wicks can be tested similarly to other candles, with a minor exception. The wick must be shortened by a quarter of an inch every time it is tested. According to ASTM 2417, this is not something that is required in an absolute sense or a technical sense. However, if wooden wicks are kept burning for an extended time, a too-lucid flame may result.

The best way to manage your candle is by keeping the flame at a comfortable middle ground. This provides an ideal balance of light and heat.

Now that we know more about the various sizes of wooden wicks, it's time to go over the advantages and disadvantages of using them.

Pros and cons of wooden wicks

The use of hardwood wicks has several benefits and drawbacks, some of which are detailed in the following list:



Comparison: Wooden wick vs. Cotton wick

People often argue over which type of wick is better for candles: braided cotton or wooden wicks. Each has its benefits which can be compared in the following ways:

1. Cotton vs Wood

Cotton wicks are formed out of a number of cotton strands that have been braided together before being dipped in wax and pressed to keep their shape. Due to the fact that they are compressed after being immersed in wax, they are typically less expensive and easier to maintain than their counterparts.

Wood wicks are extremely thin slabs of wood that are specifically manufactured for use in candles. Unlike regular cotton wicks, they make a lovely crackling sound but do require more attention and maintenance because of their more complicated design.

2. How do they light?

Both the wooden and cotton wick candles light up promptly when lit for the first time. However, a candle with a wooden wick typically takes between two and three tries to relight successfully. Moreover, if your candle wick gets too small, don't worry, we have written another article about what to do when your candle wick gets too small and won't light properly and started drowning.

3. Scent Throw

When it comes to fragrant candles, wickless candles with wooden wicks provide the best results. This is because the hardwood wick warms the area around it more effectively, and the scent is dispersed well throughout the room even though the candle does not burn as swiftly. Braided cotton wicks, on the other hand, create taller and hotter flames and consume perfume and scents more quickly than those made with wood. Moreover, it is a natural phenomenon that scented candles burns faster than unscented candles.

4. Lighters or matchsticks

Using matchsticks to light candles is nearly impossible because the wicks are wood. This is because they take a little bit more time to catch flame, and the length of a matchstick is not sufficient enough. Therefore, using a stick lighter is highly suggested.

Conversely, cotton's spiral wicks may be set on fire with even the tiniest of matches. Cotton wicks are more prevalent. As a consequence of this, matchsticks, as well as lighters, can be used to light them up more easily.

5. Maintenance

Wooden wicks require more upkeep than their cotton equivalents do to function properly. This is due to the fact that the flames on a wooden wick are prone to going out as soon as it is lighted multiple times, which is why this is the case. Before the flame on the candle with the wooden wick can become steady, there is a sufficient amount of melted wax all around the container, and at its base, the candle requires some time to settle in. Cotton wicks, on the other hand, do not require as much upkeep as other types of wicks; once you ignite it, all you have to do is forget about it.

6. Which One Burns Longer?

Candles with wooden wicks have a good flame because they produce a low, smoldering flame. This causes the candle to be consumed at a very slow rate, which in turn results in the candle burning for a significantly longer period of time. Candles with cotton wicks, on the other hand, burn more quickly and produce larger flames.

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