How to Light a Wood Wick Candle

A wood wick candle is a type of candle that has a natural wooden wick. The flame burns down the length of the wick, and when it reaches the bottom, it creates an even burning surface to light more tinder-type materials like pine cones or paper.

How to Light a Wood Wick Candle

Woodwick candles are a great way to create ambiance in your home without worrying about harmful chemicals from artificial candles getting into your air. This blog post will explore how to light a wood wick candle at home for free! 

Procedures: How to Light a Wood Wick Candle 

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Unlike traditional candles, where you can light them with a match, lighting a wood wick candle requires a little preparation. Wood wick candles require a smaller flame to light the lighter materials. This is why we recommend using things like pine cones or paper as your tinder. If you don’t have any of these handy, you can always set a small candle on fire and use the bare flame to light your wood wick candle safely!

Step 2: Locate Your Wick

To get the best burn from your wood wick candle, the wick should be placed in the center of the candle. This is because some candles have a natural kink in the middle, while others don’t. Either way, to begin lighting this type of candle, simply find the wick and hold it with one hand.

Step 3: Light Your Tinder Material

Now that you hold the wick with one hand, you can light your tinder material. Layout a small pile of your chosen tinder nearby and hold it directly above the flame of your lighter or candle. You will see that as soon as materials catch fire, they ignite the wooden wick underneath!

Step 4: Lighting the fire in a Wood wick Candle

Carefully place your flaming tinder material on top of the wick, and watch as it quickly lights up. Once the flame has reached a certain length, you can blow out your tinder materials and use them again!

Lighting the fire in a Wood wick Candle

Step 5: Enjoy Your Wood Wick Candle 

Once your fire has reached a stable flame, you can place your wood wick candle in the center of a room to enjoy. Now that you know how to light a wood wick candle safely, experiment with different kinds of tinder materials to see which ones work best for you!

Using these steps, you can light any wood wick candle in less than 5 minutes for free! If you use a candle as your flame source, ensure the candle is fully burned out before lighting your wick.

Tips To Keep Your Wood Wick Candle Lit for a Longer Period of Time

Using a candle as your source can be difficult to keep lit, but luckily there are ways to ensure that you enjoy the light of your wood wick for longer periods of time! To get the longest burn time out of your wick, follow these steps:

a) Blow the flame from an angle:

Blow on the flame from an angle, so air hits it from all sides. Don’t directly blow on the flame. This will help create an even burning flame, as opposed to one larger in one spot than another. This will mean your wick will be more evenly exposed, resulting in a longer burn time! 

b) Try different candle heights:

Try varying the height of your candles as you light them. This will help to ensure that your wick is as equally exposed as possible, getting the best burn time out of it! 

c) Keep the flame equal:

Make sure that you are lighting your candle with an even flame. If there is a bigger flame on one side than another, try to adjust how far away you light it from the wick to make it more even. This will ensure that you get a longer burn time as well!

These are just some tips we have for getting an even better burning time out of your wood wick candles.

How To Clean Up A Wood Wick Candle?

There are several ways to clean up wax from a wood wick candle. Here are just a few of them!

Clean Up Wax From a Wood Wick Candle

1. Use a butter knife:

Scrape the top layer of wax off using a butter knife. This is a great option for wick candles that have been used once and want to repurpose them again later!

2. Use a paper towel:

Wrap a paper towel around your hand, then rub the top over the candle to absorb some of the wax at one time. The disadvantage of this method is that you will have paper pieces over your candle that you will need to wipe off.

3. Use a candle scraper:

Scrape off the wax from the wick using a candle scraper. This is definitely the most effective and easiest way to clean up wax, but also the messiest! The disadvantage of this method is that you may end up cutting into your wick, which will shorten its lifespan overall. 

How To Trim Your Wood Wick Candle?

Wood wick candles can be trimmed many times before they become unusable. This is because every time you trim your wood wick candle, it becomes a little shorter than the last time. And if you need to move your candle around an area that is hard to reach or keep in one place, then we suggest trimming the wick a little shorter every time you use it.

If you aren’t sure how to trim your wick, it is usually located near the bottom of the candle. Carve off a portion of the excess wax directly above where the flame ended. Be sure not to trim too much, or your wick may be exposed. If you want to save the wax on top of the glass container, just dip your candle’s flame into some water and touch it on top of the wax, and it will melt away.


You can have the perfect ambiance for any occasion with just a few simple steps. Follow these instructions as written or customize them to suit your specific needs. Remember that lighting a wood wick candle is not only easy, but it’s fun! The most important thing when buying and using candles is safety.

Customize Them to Suit Your Specific Needs

Candles should be burned on an appropriate surface at all times-never near curtains, furniture, bedding, or other flammable materials while being used and never unattended before they are extinguished. And always trim the wicks before each burn session so that flames don’t reach too. We hope this blog post helped provide information on how to light a wood wick candle. If you have any questions in mind, feel free to leave us a comment!

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