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  1. Hello! I have a couple of questions that I hope some of you experienced candle-makers can answer for me: (1) Do wicks from different supply companies vary in size, even when they're in the same series? For example, is it possible that a Premier 740 from Aztec could burn stronger/hotter than a Premier 740 from Flaming Candle? Or do all wicks in a series (no matter where they're from) burn the same? (2) I am trying to wick 9 oz straight-sided jars (2.75 in diameter) using Problend 600 wax with 10% fragrance load using Premier wicks. I have found that Premier 740 works the best for me from Aztec. I get a full melt pool in 2.5 - 3 hours with a steady flame that is not too high with minimum mushrooming even after a 4 hour burn. The HT is good enough and fills a medium-sized room. BUT, I looked at Flaming Candle's wick guide and found that "technically," a Premier 740 is supposed to be too low of a wick for my jars. Their guide recommends a Premier 750 or 755 for the size jar I am using. I did test a 750 and 755, but they both were overwicked to me when the candle had burned 1/3rd down the jar. Big flames, huge mushrooms, deep pools, and wisps of smoke. But still, I want the perfect candles, and I am not confident enough yet to really go against wick guides. Should I not pay too much attention to them, though, or should I consider wicking up like the guide suggests? Has anyone else found that they end up wicking WAAAAAAY off from what a wick guide suggests? Hope somebody can help me!
  2. Hello! I have a couple of questions that I hope some of you experienced candle-makers can answer for me: (1) Do wicks from different supply companies vary in size, even when they're in the same series? For example, is it possible that a Premier 740 from Aztec could burn stronger/hotter than a Premier 740 from Flaming Candle? Or do all wicks in a series (no matter where they're from) burn the same? (2) I am trying to wick 9 oz straight-sided jars (2.75 in diameter) using Problend 600 wax with 10% fragrance load using Premier wicks. I have found that Premier 740 works the best for me from Aztec. I get a full melt pool in 2.5 - 3 hours with a steady flame that is not too high with minimum mushrooming even after a 4 hour burn. The HT is good enough and fills a medium-sized room. BUT, I looked at Flaming Candle's wick guide and found that "technically," a Premier 740 is supposed to be too low of a wick for my jars. Their guide recommends a Premier 750 or 755 for the size jar I am using. I did test a 750 and 755, but they both were overwicked to me when the candle had burned 1/3rd down the jar. Big flames, huge mushrooms, deep pools, and wisps of smoke. But still, I want the perfect candles, and I am not confident enough yet to really go against wick guides. Should I not pay too much attention to them, though, or should I consider wicking up like the guide suggests? Has anyone else found that they end up wicking WAAAAAAY off from what a wick guide suggests? Hope somebody can help me!
  3. Hello! I am struggling with finding the best wick for my 9 oz straight-sided jars using IGI 6006 and fragrance oil at 10%. There is a particular fragrance oil that I am trying desperately to incorporate into my line because it perfectly matches a specific theme I need, but it is so subtle when burned. I am thinking that if I can choose a hotter burning wick, it can work for me. I am currently in the HTP wick family. I've tried HTP 73 and 83. The HTP 83 gave really strong hot throw, but begins mushrooming badly within 2 hours of the burn. The flame is also very active and too tall for my liking. But I need something that is hot enough to get the fragrance to disburse. What do you suggest? Thanks!
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