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Wick Guides - How Important Are They?

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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!  :)

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(1)  Size of each wick should be same which ever supplier you get these wicks.  However, wicks from different suppliers can perform differently due to following 2 differences.

a) After wick manufacturers braids these wicks, it will need to go thru chemical treatment to make it fire retardant.  Yes, they actually have to make it fire retardant so it won't burn out easily.

b) Wax coating

Chemical treatment can be done by different places with different methods.  And, they use different types of waxes for coating.  So, same wicks will be different supplier to supplier.  It will depend on which wick assembler was the final producer.

 

(2)  Most wick suggestions by suppliers & manufacturers are just to be used as basic guidelines.  It gives us good starting point, but it can be off dramatically.  Sometimes, it could be totally different wick & size that will work best.  You should not ignore them, but you should not rely on them totally either.  Don't blame them.  There is no way that anyone can cover all the waxes & 30,000 available FOs combination with different % of FO usage.  

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A lot of wick guides are decent but I don't think I've found one that is exact. I've seen some wax and wick combos that are 3-4 wicks sizes off from what they recommend. They're a nice start but you will be testing for sure. :D

 

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I had wondered that same thing.  I have been keeping track and saving my packing lists for the wick sample packs I have been receiving from the different suppliers so I know where to re-order from if I find something that works.  I currently have 10 different wick types from 6 different suppliers. 

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Hi Katie,

For that wax your wick choice is good. You may have to go up or down from there depending on the fragrance. You can’t depend totally on the guides as they don’t know all you waxes and additives or what fragrance oils you use.

most of the guides I found are not that helpful but haha Craftserver is the best wick guide out there compiled by people who have made a million candles. Just use the guides as a starting point then test.

 

i have found htp wicks from Fillmore and Flaming candle to be different. Fillmore’s are floppier. I like Flamings, Candle Science.

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For sure those guides are just a starting point.  I've found some that created underwicked and some overwicked candles.  I think you're already on the right track but like everyone said it may differ from scent to scent.  In my wax I found that heavy vanilla and some citrus scents required a size up.

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