Candle making has evolved from an ancient art born of necessity to a modern day luxury. Today, candle makers know that finding new ways to attract customer’s attention and stand out in a crowded marketplace of highly creative artisans is an ongoing marketing journey. That’s why we love Wooden Wicks! A truly unique and engaging candle is created using wooden wicks… with a modern appeal, an intriguing visual aesthetic, and an enticing soft crackling sound.The Wooden Wick Co. currently sells to DIY candle makers, national brands and manufacturers in over 43 countries around the world. Our Wooden Wicks are everywhere and we love seeing where they wind up!
Why Wooden Wicks?>
- Wooden Wicks achieve a fast melt pool formation for quick and excellent hot throw
- Wooden Wicks produce a tantalizing crackling sound when burning
- Wooden Wicks have no mushrooming with little carbon buildup, debris or sooting
- Wooden Wicks are rigid and require no straightening
- Wooden Wicks can be used in all candle wax types
- Wooden Wicks are applicable to container, pillar, and votive candles
- Our wicks are sourced and manufactured in the USA from FSC-Certified mills
- There are multiple options to choose from for optimal performance and visual aesthetic
- Our Wooden Wicks can be customized to meet your needs
Candle Wicks: What are the benefits of using a Wooden Wick vs a cotton wick? >
- Wooden Wicks can be customized to have a more unique visual effect and design
- Wooden Wicks create a unique horizontal flame
- In larger diameter candles, Wooden Wicks can produce a full melt pool with only one wick eliminating the need to use multiple wicks (in most cases)
- Wooden Wicks create a soft crackling sound when burning for added ambiance
- Being rigid, Wooden Wicks are very easy to use, saving time and money in production. There is no need to secure to a wick bar or dowels and no straightening is needed as there is with cotton wicks, which require a great deal of time to set up
- Wooden Wicks do not mushroom, have little to no carbon build-up, no debris and no sooting like cotton wicks
- Wooden Wicks are completely American made, being sourced and manufactured in the USA from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-Certified mills
- There are multiple options available for optimal performance as well as visual aesthetic when using wooden wicks compared to cotton wicks
- Wooden wicks provide a modern, unique and more upscale look to enhance a candle’s value
Why should I purchase my Wooden Wicks from The Wooden Wick Co?>
The Wooden Wick Co is the exclusive licensed distributor of wooden wicks developed by the creator of The Original Wooden Wick, Lumetique, Inc
. and therefore all our wicks are protected under dozens of international patents. As our customer, you will receive the same benefits. Additionally, The Wooden Wick Co has a quick turn around time, consistency in high quality product and service, and we offer an extensive product line and unlimited customization
options. When you purchase wooden wicks from The Wooden Wick Co., you help support trees.org and help families
dramatically improve their living conditions.
Choosing a wick>
Choosing the right wick
for your individual needs requires some playful experimentation. Luckily, we have a handy solution. Our Sample Kit
is loaded with a variety of wicks (over 100) and includes 20 wick clips
. Once you receive your Sample Kit
, use our Wick Selection Guide
for guidance on which wicks in your kit will be best suited for your candle. We strongly recommend doing a burn test
preferably using 3-5 of the suggested wicks. Keep in mind: The size of your vessel, the wax blend
, the type of fragrance
, fragrance load
, dye, and any other additives are all crucial factors in determining which wick will provide the optimal burn.
Which Wooden Wick should I use?>
Why choose The Original Wick?>
The Original Wick
is our only single-ply wick that can be used on it’s own. Made from native, sappy fruit trees, this wick provides the most audible crackling sound and is recommended for all candle wax
types. This wick comes in various thicknesses, widths and lengths.
Why are there different thicknesses?>
To offer our customers the most possibilities to find the perfect fit for their candle, we offer multiple thicknesses in our Single-ply
and Adhered Wicks
. The greater the thickness of the wick and the more wick material (width + thickness), the hotter it will burn. Therefore, we recommend using a thinner wick (.020″ – .030″/.5mm – .8mm) for paraffin wax blends, a middle thickness (.030″ – .050″/.8mm – 1.3mm) for vegetable wax blends and a thicker wick (.050″ – .060″/1.2mm – 1.5mm) for 100% soy wax candles.
What is the difference in wicks from a .020″, .030″, ,040″ to .060″ (.5mm – 1.5mm) thickness?>
Although the difference is slight (.010″/.3mm), it can be a big difference in burn. With the increased thickness comes increased capillary flow, which creates a larger flame. If you find that the flame is extinguishing and/or you are not achieving a full melt pool
within 2-4 hours, then wick up
in (.010″/.3mm) increments until you find the optimal wick
for your project. Learn how to conduct a burn test here
Why use a “booster”?>
are recommended for candles with 100% soy or vegetable based waxes and for candles with a high fragrance or dye load.
What is the difference between The Smooth Wick and The Original Wick as a “booster”?>
The Original Wick
is always utilized as the base wick. You have an option to combine it with The Smooth Wick
or add another Original Wick
as a “booster”. While both “booster” wicks are utilized to help provide optimal performance in vegetable wax blends, the main difference is in the level of crackle and the color of the wood. The Smooth Wick offers a softer, smoother, soothing crackle sound and is a light color wood. If you love the sound of a crackling wood wick
, The Original Wick offers a more robust crackle sound and is a darker color wood. Either of the “booster” wicks will provide extra assistance to The Original Wick with increased capillary flow, and will help achieve a timely melt pool
with an adequate flame size.
Why choose The Original Wick and Booster Wick separately instead of buying an adhered wick?>
There is more flexibility and a cost advantage to buying the two wicks separately. However if it’s convenience you are after, the Adhered Wicks
are a great option.
How do I use a Booster Wick?>
Can I use two wicks in one wick clip?>
Why choose The Original Dual Wick?>
The Original Dual Wick
is two single Original Wicks
of equal width and height adhered together. Using a pre-adhered wick allows you to save time by not having to work with two separate wicks and is a great choice when using vegetable waxes, in vessels larger than 3” / 76.2mm in diameter or when a horizontal flame and more robust crackling sound is desired.
Why choose The Original Booster Wick?>
The Original Booster Wick
is an Original Wick
combined with a 3/16” / 4.8mm booster strip made with an identical wood adhered down the center of the wick. Using a pre-adhered
wick allows you to save time by not having to work with two separate wicks. Booster Wicks also provide more flexibility in thicknesses and emit a more vertical flame than The Original Dual Wick
Why choose The Tube Wick?>
are the most unique wicks we have available. Tube Wicks have been rolled into a small circular shapes to provide a unique flame design. Use in conjunction with a .25” / 6.35mm Wooden Wick
What size wick should I use?>
Can I purchase samples of a specific wick without having to order the whole Sample Kit?>
We always recommend purchasing the full Sample Kit
to ensure you find the appropriate wick for your project. While we do our best to provide the most accurate recommendations through our Wick Selection Guide
, only testing multiple options will assure finding the wick that is best suited to your specific candle. For special projects, please go to Customize Your Wick
Are custom sizes available?>
What is the minimum quantity for customized wicks?>
For custom orders involving only custom sizing in width and height we have a minimum of 1000 wicks with an added service charge. For more specialized customization please email email@example.com
Which wick is mine?>
If you were previously using a wick from Dream Wick or CandleArt, and would like to know which Wooden Wick Co. wick is the equivalent, or if you’re curious about which wick is best for your needs, please reference the charts below.
Candle making tips with wooden wicks>
Making candles with wooden wicks isn’t that different from making candles with cotton wicks. In fact, it’s actually a little easier and less time consuming as there’s no need to straighten or secure the wick with wick bars, dowels or sticks.We suggest following this simple guide:
- Determine your wick size using our Sample Kit and Wick Selection Guide.
- Secure your Wooden Wick into the wick clip.
- Secure the wick clip to the bottom center of your vessel with a wick sticker.
- Heat your wax to the specified temperature for your wax type.
- Add your candle scent and dye, if any, to the melted wax in the pouring pitcher (fragrance level and dye have a direct impact on the burn of a candle and you will need to experiment with different levels to achieve optimum performance).
- Gently pour the wax into the vessel, leaving 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm of the wick exposed. If the wick is longer you can trim it to this height after the wax has set.
- After the candle has cooled: If the surface is uneven or has imperfections, you can carefully use a heat gun to even it out. Be very careful not to burn the wick, this is a quick process of gently waving the heat gun a few inches above the surface to quickly melt it.
- Once the candle has set, trim the wick to 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm.
How do I make a candle with a Tube Wick?>
need to be used in conjunction with a ¼” / 6.4mm Wooden Wick. To use a ¼” Wooden Wick
with a tube wick, set the ¼” / 6.4mm Wooden Wick in the wick clip
and secure to the bottom of your vessel. Once in place, pour your candle as usual. When the candle is cooling and is still soft, but not fully congealed, slide the tube wick over the wooden wick and push all the way down. When the candle has set, trim the wick to 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm
What type of wax works with Wooden Wicks?>
Do all of your wicks crackle and how much?>
Do I need to treat the wicks with anything before using them?>
No. Contrary to some of the information available about wood wicks in general, we do not recommend treating wooden wicks with anything before using them, in fact we advise against it.
Why does my wick keep going out?>
There are many reasons a wick will not stay lit. The most common reasons a wick may self-extinguish include:
- The wick is not wide enough for the diameter of the candle (causing tunneling) – Solution: Increase the width of the wick.
- The wick is not thick enough. When a wick is not thick enough there will not be sufficient capillary action to sustain a proper burn – Solution: Increase the wick thickness, layer the wicks (with a Booster Wick), or try an already adhered wick.
- A wick can clog when too many additives for that size of wick are present. This can cause a natural clogging of the capillary flow needed to sustain a proper burn – Solution: Use a thicker or adhered wick.
- The wick is too far above the surface of the wax when the candle is initially lit – Solution: Make sure the wick is trimmed to be no longer than 1/4” – 3/16” / 6.4mm – 4.8mm above the wax. This is counterintuitive, as we think a longer wick will make a larger flame, but it will not. The longer the wick, the harder it is for the wax to flow up to the top.
Wooden wick candle-burning tips>
Now that you have made your candle, it’s time for the best part—lighting up and enjoying its beautiful flame. Here are our tips for optimal burning.
- Make sure your wick is trimmed to between 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm before lighting. If the wick is too long, the wax will not pull up the wick and the wick will extinguish.
- Wooden Wicks do need a little attention and tending to before each burn, similar to cotton wicks. Be sure to gently snap off the ash or burnt wood along the top edge of the wick and then light as usual.
- If when burning the candle for a long period of time you notice the flame height getting too low, it may be necessary to tap off any excess ash or burnt wood along the top of the wick. The flame will then return to its proper optimal height.
- Be very careful not to let any debris from the wick (or anything else!) fall into the candle.
- Extinguish candle when ½” / 12.7mm of wax is remaining.
- Do not burn candle more than 4 hours at one time.
- Follow all candle safety guidelines.
- And of course, don’t burn the candle at both ends 🙂
To conduct a Wooden Wick burn test>
- Trim the wick to 1/8″ – 3/16″ / 3.2mm – 4.8mm this is extremely important.
- Place candles on a heat-resistant surface in a safe, draft-free, undisturbed space with moderate ambient temperature.
- Light the candles and note the time. Do not leave candles unattended.
- After two hours observe the melt pool. At this point, the melt pool should have reached the full diameter of the candle. If it has not reached the edges, it’s likely that the wick is too small or the wick was too long when lit.
- Record the details of the melt pool, the flame height, and any smoking or sooting. (We suggest taking a photo for easy reference.)
- After four hours, take note of the details once again and extinguish the candle. The melt pool should reach the edge of the vessel and be ½” / 12.7mm deep. If the melt pool is deeper than ½” / 12.7mm, or if the flame is too high, the vessel is too hot, or there is any sooting, the wick is too big.
- Let the candle cool completely for several hours and repeat the steps above. Before each lighting of the Wooden Wick, be sure to gently tap off any ash or burnt-top edge.
- Read our blog post here on how to conduct a burn test.
And please be sure to follow all common-sense candle safety guidelines:>
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface away from anything flammable.
- Do not burn candles in a draft.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
How do I become a distributor?>
Distributors are required to sign a Distributor License Agreement with us that requires our distributors to disclose their customers to us bi-annually. If you are interested in becoming a distributor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do I have to disclose my customers if I am a Distributor?>
We require that you provide us with the company name and/or the brand name (if different than the company name) of your customer so that we know where our wooden wicks are being used in the marketplace; that they are protected under the licensing agreement; and, their candle products are not susceptible to patent infringement (see Licensing Terms FAQ
Do you have wholesale pricing?>
All of our pricing is considered wholesale and volume discounts are already built into our pricing structure. Please contact us at email@example.com
for pricing information for larger orders.
How do I purchase without paying sales tax?>
If you are outside of California, sales tax will not be added to your order. If you are in California, sales tax will automatically be added to your order. If you are the holder of a CA Resale Certificate, please email a copy of your certificate along with a brief description of your business to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Upon receipt of your resale number we will issue you a code to use at checkout that will remove the sales tax from your purchases.
Are discounts available for large orders?>
Yes. The price breaks are built into our pricing structure and begin at a quantity of 500 per sku. Select a wick to see the discount pricing for each quantity pack. Larger discounts are applied to quantities over 100,000 units.
Licensing terms FAQWhy do I need to sign a license agreement?>
The Wooden Wick Co. is a licensed distributor of wooden wicks developed by the creator of the Original Wooden Wick
, Lumetique, Inc
. Lumetique’s patents cover wooden, semi-wooden or fibrous wicks exhibited in a planar, multi-layered, curved or varied shape wicks. For more information on Lumetique’s technology, please visit the Patents page
. Each wooden wick purchase on our website comes with a patent-protected license. The “click wrap” license is personal to the purchaser of the wicks and lasts until the completion or termination of the use of the wooden wicks (the specific wicks purchased on website). The license agreement gives customers the right/license to use the wooden wick technology and the terms of its use.
Why do I need to mark my products?>
The purpose of the marking requirement is to meet our statutory obligations under 35 U.S.C. § 287. We must ensure that any and all licensees are marking their covered products, and providing constructive notice to the public that the product is patented. All candle products (whether a wooden wick, candle, box, hang-tag or other form of packaging) must be consistently and always marked as being covered by the applicable patents and patents pending.
How do I mark my products?>
The best practice is to mark the candle product itself with the following patent marking: Pat. www.lumetique.com/patents
I was buying the same wood wicks from another supplier and I didn’t have to mark. Why do I need to mark now?>
While sometimes overlooked by businesses, compliance with the statutory requirements for patent marking is critical to companies (and their licensees) that hold one or more patents. The purpose of the marking requirement is to meet our statutory obligations under 35 U.S.C. § 287. We must ensure that any and all licensees are marking their covered products, and providing constructive notice to the public that the product is patented.
Why do I need to provide my company name and the brand name of the candles I manufacture?>
We request that you provide us with your company name and the brand name (if different than your company name) for each candle that you manufacture so that we know where our wooden wicks are being used in the marketplace; that you are protected under the licensing agreement; and, your candle products are not susceptible to patent infringement.
Shipping & returns faqWhen can I expect to receive my order?>
Most orders ship within one week from date of purchase and often within 48 hours. Custom Orders and orders over 25,000 units may require additional time.
Where does my product ship from?>
Your order will ship from Illinois, USA
Where is my package?>
Once your order has been fulfilled, we provide tracking for all shipments (via USPS and UPS.) However, if you are an international customer, USPS does not provide tracking for packages once they leave the United States. We are unable to give you any further information beyond what the tracking shows. If you would like to receive tracking information up until your parcel reaches its destination, we recommend selecting UPS.
Do you accept returns?>
We do not accept returns. Each order is custom cut for each customer. We highly suggest you purchase a Sample Kit
and perform all of the necessary burn testing
before placing an order. Candle making
is a complex procedure with many extenuating factors, therefore, we can not guarantee how a wick will perform in your particular candle wax blend