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This is my first grubby.


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I've been doing a lot of reading and finally gotten the courage to try a grubby. I've only done soy container candles up to this point, so this is my first attempt at a grubby candle. I used a 3 x 3.5 round mold with candlewics CBL 141 pillar blend and a 24 ply flat braid wick. These pics are after about a 2.5 hour burn. My flame is about 1.5" -2" high and is producing some black smoke. I trimmed the wick to 1/4 inch before burning. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is normal or should my flame be much smaller? Also my melt pool was about 2" in diameter after 3 hrs of burning, is this about right for this size of grubby? Any advice would be appreciated. TIA

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Your grubby looks real good but I think the flame is too high. I go for about 3/4"-1" flame height but you can't always keep it there after it's been burning awhile...always have to go back and trim. I don't use the 24 ply wicks so I can't really direct you with that sort of wick. What I do use for my 3" pillars is either an LX-28 or 30 or an HTP-104 or 105...and that's with using 4045 wax. I'm sure someone who uses the CBL will let you know what they use...but I still wanted to tell you that you did a very good job.

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Like your candle alot. Yes, the flame is high and thats been happening to me alot with flat ply wicks too no matter what formula or size. Although they give a good melt pool, I don't like to have to keep trimming to keep the flame lower. Am currently retrying lx and htp and some square braid.

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Great job on the grubbie :D I love making them, fun but messy :grin2: I sometimes use ply wicks with my pillars & I find that no matter what size I use the flame will be large. Keep it trimmed a little smaller & that will help. The size I end up using will depend on what happens after my 3rd or so burn (for instance like a blow out or tunneling).

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Thanks again for all the input, I trimmed the wick down today but I am still getting a high flame this will be my 2nd burn. I do have some square braided wicks, maybe I will try making another one with the square wick and see how it comes out. I appreciate all the info!

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I use cbl 141 also, I notice a huge flame with it no matter what wick I try. I usually use a cd14 with a 3" pillar, the wick definately needs to be trimmed to 1/4". I don't notice any black smoke with mine, unless it gets hit with a big draft.

Really love the grubby!!! You did a real nice job!

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