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  1. The small wood wick in that thickness does light without any problems, but it’s too thick to trim itself properly which was the goal of my experiment. My last batch of wicks I just got are ridiculously inconsistent I’ve totally quit using them unless it’s in a soy candle. They are a lot more forgiving in that type of wax.
  2. As much as I like them, I don't trust wooden wicks outside giving them as gifts, the way they burn is extremely inconsistent. In soy they are more forgiving but parasoy / paraffin they are a total crapshoot. I know, it's not ideal at all, trying to talk them into the taller 16oz tin which could be a nice little double wicker at just under 4" diameter.
  3. Been asked to do a specific tin, bit of a weird one, they are the 16oz ones which are 4.8" diameter, 1.75 tall. Not the taller 16oz ones. Not really sure how to approach it because realistically it's only gonna hold about 8.5oz of wax to the fill line, and doing something like triple wick seems like it would just burn through it too fast. I'll probably be using 4630 and I gotta stick to self-trim. Any ideas much appreciated, thanks.
  4. A 3 inch wide container? That's too small, I'd start with something a few sizes up.
  5. My latest batch of 4630 is burning nice same as always, very clean burn for having no soy. Got Macintosh Apple at 6% burning now and even in a small tin it's got a pretty nice hot throw. I usually use HTP or LX, zinc is a last resort for me.
  6. I haven't noticed any difference with 4627 and the likes, I just make sure I add the FO immediately after taking it off the heat at 190 and stir it quick, but I barely stir it for a minute in small amounts and never had a problem. If you want it to stay at a certain temp then just get one of those single tabletop hotplates, they're cheap.
  7. I have tried that before and you're right it can work that way, but I can't sell a candle that has to be started off like that. I'm gonna have to try TallTayl's idea of priming them again, I did try priming them in olive oil like I read some people do for soy candles and let's just say that was a bad idea in paraffin lol.
  8. I did, but only briefly with 6006. I haven't tried priming with the Pro-Blend waxes from The Flaming Candle which for some reason the wooden wicks like, so now that you mention that, it's a great idea to revisit, great thinking! And yes you're right, the inconsistent burning is a big problem but with the thinnest .02 ones I can feel just by bending them if there is a big thickness variance and throw them aside (just shows you how much time I've wasted feeling wooden sticks LOL) usually isn't too many in a big bag. The 'quiet' wicks which are made from a different wood seem to be more tolerable in that respect but they don't burn the same (even though Wooden Wick Co swear they do).
  9. I spent over a thousand hours trying to get wooden wicks to work in 4627 properly (not even kidding), was the biggest waste of time and money. I got the burn itself to be absolutely perfect top to bottom with no trimming using the thinnest .02 ones, but there was one huge problem to overcome that I could never get past.... Getting them to stay lit properly from the start. If they do not light properly from the first burn then the wick just burns down to the wax and drowns, and there is absolutely nothing you can do to fix it. I'd say probably 30% of the time they failed for me. I tried everything, trimming the wick to specific lengths all the way from short to tall, boiling the wicks, pouring the wax onto them as I make them, cutting the wick at angles, different FO loads, adding soy all the way from 5% to 50%, they just wouldn't light consistently at all. It's a damn shame too because the HT was the best I've ever had from a 8oz tin. You can get the thicker ones to burn without this issue but if you don't trim them properly after every burn then they quickly burn dirty and the flames get rowdy. If anyone has achieved a perfect burn with wood in 4627 then I take my hat off to them because I could never do it.
  10. Are you still using the same batch of wax? I had a couple blocks of 6006 that wouldn't give me a good HT unless I added the FO at a hotter temp. Try adding it at 185 instead of 175. The curing part of 6006 is completely dependent on the scent IMO. I can burn macintosh apple 2 days later and it's STRONG, but I can do baja cactus blossom and won't be able to smell until over a week has passed.
  11. I'm betting that you're not adding the FO at a high enough temperature. Heat the wax to 190, take it off the heat and add the FO immediately. If you've been stirring the wax as it heats and you're stirring it properly while adding the FO there is no reason why 4630 wouldn't give off a proper hot throw with bfroberts wicking and fragrance suggestions with minimal curing time unless you have a bad block of wax.
  12. I don't have as much experience with 83 as some people here, but from what I remember I ended up using 2 very small CD wicks (Candlescience carries the small ones) in a 3 inch tumbler because of the unstable flame near the bottom. I know some people think 3 inches is not dual-wick realm but for me that's the starting point for a more controlled burn. And good job sticking to a more sensible fragrance load, every group I see with people using this wax they load it up with 12% and wonder why they can't wick it. It's just bad news at that level with any wax IMO. You might get a good burn at the top but as it get's to the bottom it's going to hell. I always give HTP a shot as they can survive some really long burns before giving them some attention. Eco have never impressed me much apart from a couple of instances in straight soy.
  13. I'm betting it's the FO. When there is too much of it (or an awkward one) that's exactly what happens.
  14. They don't use 'off the shelf' stuff, it's all custom for them. Regardless, they are not known amongst the pro candlemakers here as decent burning candles.
  15. You're used to the hot throw of the 223, you will be sorely disappointed with soy (it doesn't even compare to paraffin). A lot of people here use parasoy / coconut blends.
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