That time of the year. Holiday Candles everywhere. Lets look at a few tips.
Trim the Wick
Each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. We have very good results if it is 1/4 inch. (how to fix a short wick below) First, trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape that dulls and obscures the flame.
How to Fix a Candle Wick that’s Too Short
Even if you allow the candle to burn long enough, wicks can become too short for other reasons. Perhaps you trimmed it too far by accident, or it came that way from the store. It’s also possible for the wick to break off while hot and brittle. Fortunately, you have a few options for fixing a candle wick that’s too short:
Light the wick and let it burn for 20 to 30 minutes. Check the flame height occasionally to see if the problem works itself out.
If the flame remains weak, blow out the candle and pour the wax it melted onto a paper plate. Once it cools, dispose of the wax and plate in the trash. Alternatively, you can soak up the liquid wax with a paper towel or cotton swab (after the candle is extinguished, of course).
The newly formed indent in the wax exposes more of the wick. Relight the candle and check it after 20 to 30 minutes. If everything looks good, let the candle burn all the way to the edges before blowing it out again.
If the wick is too short even to light, melt a bit of the wax with a heat gun and pour it onto a paper plate. You can also scrape out room-temperature wax using a butter knife to expose the wick so you can light it.