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  1. What FO % was that? Hopefully I'm starting off on the cool side, if my assumptions are correct. But I'll make sure to put it on a plate and watch it closely.
  2. That's good to know. Your suggestion of trying a CD in that "Dicken's Christmas" candle I made that just wouldn't wick was spot on. I tried all my usual wicks for that jar and wax (LX 18 through 24, Zinc 51 and 60, and a couple of Premiers) and nothing would burn right at all... but a CD-8 worked fine. Still didn't throw worth a damn, but it finally burned nicely. Weird how one FO can be so radically different than anything else in the same jar/wax/dye/FO percentage combo.
  3. I went ahead and ordered the CSN sample pack and a package of CSN 7's. I'm loving this wax. So easy, beautiful, less expensive, and less cost on FO. And I've already had a couple of really decent candles, even with CD wicks and a very short cure. I just poured one in the short square mason jar with a wood wick, just for giggles. Might as well push the envelope, although I really have no idea what to expect. I have a good combination of 4636 and a plain .03 - 3/8" wick in that jar, but no idea about the palm. I used wood wick's recommendation of a .03 - 3/8" booster wick in 100% palm @ 2.5", but based on my testing I don't think it will be hot enough. We shall see.
  4. Here is the FC Woodland Foliage (basically pine) at 5%, after about 22 hours with a CD-20 wick. Pretty good HT, and it only cured about 3-4 days.
  5. Thanks for the excellent info @Sarah S I know the CSN's are ideal, but I'm just nervous about them. CS doesn't sell palm or even show wicking recommendations for them now (even if you click "all suggestions"), and I hate the thought of getting locked into one wick from one supplier. (I can't find them for sale as "VRL's" here in the U.S. either). Surely there must be other wicks that are designed to stand up to the acidic waxes, right? EDIT: Another thing... I didn't really want to pay $12 shipping for a sample pack, which probably has two sizes I would need, and then have to turn around and pay it again once I figure that out. I'm using the smooth-sided 9 oz jars from LS, and maybe the small square mason jars from the local Wally World. They are basically the same opening size, something like 2-3/8" I think (I'm at the day job and can't remember for sure)... the biggest difference being the shoulders on the mason jar, which I assume will throw another wrench into the works when I try palm in them. Are there 2 or 3 CSN sizes that I could be safe in assuming would cover those two jars?
  6. I've also read a few posts to references with LX wicks in palm. I have a sample pack of those and they work well in the other waxes with these 9 oz jars, so I might try one of those. If anyone has a recommended starting size for LX, feel free to jump in.
  7. Update... The CD-18 in the Dragon's Blood candle left wax on the sides, maybe 1/3 up from bottom...but the burn was good with so-so HT (but I didn't let it cure more than a couple of days). I went up to a CD-20 for the next two (different FO's), and they are doing what everyone says they should...leaving a thin wall of wax, 1/8" to 1/4" and slowly eroding as the candle passes 1/3 to 1/2 way down. BUT, there is very little HT (again, short cure), and the burn rate is really high; almost twice that of a comparable parafin candle. Total estimated burn time went from about 42 hours with the CD-18 to around 27 with the CD-20, based on measured burn rates over 3 test burns. The FO's are different, but they burn similarly in parafin and PB600 waxes. Should I go back to the CD-18 and live with a little leftover wax? (Maybe I was trimming it too short?) Is the burn rate on palm just a lot higher than parafin or soy?
  8. Of course...that is the only size not included in the sample pack I bought.
  9. Excellent pine scent. Love it
  10. Yep... I'm liking the GG palm so far. It's definitely different. I just poured another wickless tester at 5% Woodland Foliage (pine) from FC. I'll let that set up a few days and then drill a hole and maybe try a Premier in it.
  11. First test candle. 3% Dragon's Blood with CD18 wick. After first burn: Just starting 3rd burn. MP is mostly centered now, even though it doesn't look like it in these pics.
  12. Thanks @Sarah S I'm really liking it so far. It was much easier to work with than I expected, based on all my reading. It's actually burning very nicely on my first "guess" at a CD18, and the curl has mellowed out as it gets deeper. Not much HT at all, but I went at the recommended 3% instead of the typical 6% that most seem to use, and it only cured for about 36 hours. I got impatient. I'd like to try the CSN's, but given the way CS dropped palm and now don't even show recommendations for wick sizes (even on the "show all" now), I'm hesitant to lock myself to a wick with one supplier that seems a bit flaky. And the shipping for a simple sample pack is too high IMHO. Thinking about trying the Premiers I have since a few people have had luck with them, if I can come up with a good starting size for the 9 oz straight jars. Might start with something like a 765 and see what happens.
  13. Just finished the 1st 4-hour test burn of my first palm candle. I think it worked as expected (exactly as @CaptnKush described), other than the typical off-center burn of the CD wick (which I hate ). Do the CSN's burn straight with a nice centered MP... like zincs or the LX's and Premiers?
  14. Thanks for all the info. Is the Glass Glow pretty stable after 24 or 48 hours, or does it continue to harden enough to drastically affect wicking over x amount of time??
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