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  1. Can't it just be that different room temperatures when you are burning these candles that make them perform differently. Cold weather vs warm weather?
  2. There is no wax that throws so well as 4627 unfortunately... Making it harder and whiter but keeping it's properties would be amazing...
  3. I do it but only for testing purposes, its impossible to get a wick sticker or any type of glue to stick to the bottom again as, its as you say slick.. I core the wick out and insert a new one without glue and heat gun it together... But that's only while wick testing. You could use a bigger wick clip, one that is almost as big as the bottom of the jar. Then it would hold the wick more stable, but there is more wax to core out So you might as well then carve out all the wax and remelt. Not sure if the cure cycle starts again then.. All solutions seem to lean back to a catch 22 Does 6006 change that much over time. Is it mostly soy or paraffin in it? I can't remember the ratio but if I remember its 70/30 or 30/70?
  4. Is "Crisco" something that is still considered to be helping with wetspots? It seemed to be something that was recommended about 10 years ago for eliminating this but since then I haven't heard much about it in candle making. I did try it a couple of years ago but can't remember the results from it.
  5. The wax has great appearance, mixing it with something else could just be what the doctor ordered.....
  6. HTP gives a bit more mushrooms for me than CD wicks in this wax. I usually get a mushroom so bad it's big like a fist when I get halfway down.. Like @TallTayl says... make sure you wick smaller with these waxes and don't aim for a full melt pool until much further down the vessel... HTP seems sometime to give slightly better throw, but brings other problems Here is an example picture from Candlescience's "lab notes" https://www.candlescience.com/lab-notes-igi-6046-coconut-paraffin-candle-wax-blend Look at that huge mushrooms and sooting is already happening at the beginning of the candle burn (around the rim of the candle). That must turn into a complete torch halfway down? CD24 is a HUGE wick for that wax. No wonder they are claiming good HT if they over wick that much. How will performance be at the last 50% of the candle? I'd love to see a picture of that too ! I would say this is a school example of bad wicking to me? And this is their customer recommendation....
  7. Only way to not get sooting and mushrooming is to wick down a lot with this wax which leaves you with bad hot throw as you aren't getting a proper meltpool until later down the candle. CD is better than HTP, I agree, but I still get problems with the CD wicks. CDN is the only wick who gives a clean burn, but with mediocre hot throw. Everything else with the wax is to die for, excellent looks... It's a shame
  8. HTPs and CDs will not work in that wax great at all, you will get a lot of sooting and so bad mushrooming that it affects the burn too much. Smaller CDN wicks are the one's that is recommended by IGI for that wax. Try CDN (Stabilo KST) 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 for the best results. You will not have the best throw until you burned down half of your candle unfortunately but those wicks will work from top to bottom with that wax. On it's own I have not found it to be an ideal wax for hot throw in my containers.
  9. You will be perfectly fine... Except that YOU might be a bit cold when pouring during the winter months... I live in California so temperature here can go up making finished candles "sweat" when stored which is the biggest concern being in an uncontrolled environment. Buy a couple of old fridges to store your fragrance oils in, heat during summer can destroy or shorten the life of some fragrances...
  10. If you are ordering from Lebermuth by the pound and under $500 maybe get your order in before September 3, 2019 Dear Customer, Over the past few months, we have shared information regarding the changes in the essential oil, fragrance and flavors industries. There are many contributing factors causing these changes including tariffs, international transportation strikes, crop challenges, currency fluctuations, etc. To align our business in consideration of these challenges, we have updated our ordering policies. Upcoming policy changes as of September 3, 2019: Minimum Order Policy Order minimum $500.00 (net of freight): Applies to catalog orders placed online, with Customer Service or your Account Executive Applies to manufactured (non-catalog) orders placed with Customer Service or your Account Executive There will no longer be a processing fee option for orders that do not meet the order minimum Does not apply to sample orders Quantity minimum: Manufactured products (non-catalog) 25 lbs. each Flavors is 25 lbs. each Return Authorization of Food-Grade Materials Returns must be made within 30 days. Food-grade material may not be returned unless one of the following conditions are met: An error occurred by Lebermuth in the ordering and/or shipping process. The item is unopened. The item may be opened by a facility with a food-grade level certification; however, the containers must be factory sealed with appropriate labeling. The points listed above are highlights, we encourage you to read all of Lebermuth ordering policies on our Order Information page: https://www.lebermuth.com/ordering-information. We know each of you run businesses and understand that doing so can be challenging and rewarding. As costs to operate escalate each year, we all must continue to be efficient to stay profitable. Processing larger orders is necessary for Lebermuth to maintain our level of service that you have come to know and expect. If you will be challenged to meet the new order minimum of $500, here below, are some of our valued partners that re-sell Lebermuth products that likely do not have a minimum order requirement. The Essential Oil Company https://www.essentialoil.com/ Chemistry Store https://www.chemistrystore.com/ Bulk Apothecary https://www.bulkapothecary.com/ Eternal Essence https://www.eternalessenceoils.com/ If you have any questions about these changes, Lebermuth’s Customer Service is at your service. As always, you can call us at 1-800-648-1123 or email us at info@lebermuth.com. Thank you for your business and we wish you the best of luck in achieving success! Sincerely, The Lebermuth Family
  11. Could be 5601-A also, but looks like Glass Glow...
  12. Their webpage hasn't been updated in years and years.. It's very very outdated. Accu Blend just moved their facility to Perris, CA. Henry Shishido, who used to run the place, have vanished / or left the company. I think they might have new ownership. You have always been able to buy from AccuBlend by the pallet. All smaller sales are handled by California Candle Supply. They are based in Glendora and are family operated, very very very nice people and good service. If you are willing to drive to Azusa, why not go to Glendora and pick up your supplies? I buy wax by the pallet from AccuBlend and smaller amounts I get from California Candle Supply. Many wax manufacturers don't even let you buy by the pallet straight from them, they require a minimum of 4 pallets and a quite large minimum of a yearly spend. IGI is a big head scratcher for me, for instance. The main distributor on the west cost, where I am, have higher prices than the main distributor on the east coast. But shipping is more from the east coast. Shipping of wax and glass is what kills most of my profits so I'm really trying to be smart and order in bulk to earn more. If I had more storage space I would get so much wax that I could survive for a couple or years each time. There are ways to deal with bigger factories, but they really don't need your business in the first place. That's why they have distributors who can handle customer support, have updated websites, handle larger volume of calls from smaller customers etc...
  13. I tried the IGI 6570/6046 alone and although we could get a good burning candle with it from top to bottom I was never happy with the hot throw, I thought it was weak. The wick that I saw that Candlescience is recommending for that wax is one that was concluded a total failure by Wicks Unlimited . But then again, CS is recommending what they already have in stock, as in... they are trying to shoehorn in whatever they have instead of stocking a better working wick for that wax. Then I tried various blends with Coco83 and paraffin in different percentages with Precision Wicking but i mostly got WAY too much sooting for it being a sellable candle. Sometimes I had good throw, sometimes very weak. Conclusion was that I had the same problems as with soywax, the wax were way too fickly with fragrances to be able to become my house blend.
  14. Wicks Unlimited were better in that sense that I could actually speak directly to the two people who does all the testing.. They helped me test out the new IGI coconut paraffin wax 6570 and although they did find one wick series that burned well in that wax, it didn't give the throw I wanted but I think it's the wax itself that isn't that potent on it's own. At least not in my jars although I had better luck in tins. They did find a great wick for my palm wax candles which we make for another store, I'm just waiting for the client to approve the wick. Then I might buy it, it will take me some time to go through 10,000 wicks but sometimes just having the help of finding a wick is worth some $$$ as you will have a good performing candle. Precision wicking could find me two different wicks for two palm wax candles and I bought 5,000 of each. They couldn't find me any suitable wicks for any coconut blends I gave to them. We tried about 15 candles. I had loads of problems with their choices for that. I could also not speak to their testing team, the sales person only relayed the information from them Both had great customer support... I can recommend both companies but it also shows that even with professional help and so many wicks to choose from, it's pretty hard to completely nail it. In my case, I also had a problematic tapered jar which was not helping. As a reference, 5,000 wicks is about $300 and $10,000 is $600 So even if it's a hobby you could see it as an investment in making a better candle and understanding the jar and wax you have. You could team up with someone here on the forum also who uses the same jar and wax and do it together.
  15. I have tried Precision Wicking (5,000 wicks minimum order) and Wicks Unlimited (10,000 wicks minimum order)
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