How to Use and Care for Your Wooden Wick Candles

Curious about wooden wick candle care? If you want to enjoy your wood wick candles for hours to come, here are some simple tips to follow.

Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before each use

If you want your candles to burn cleanly and evenly, it's important to trim the wick before each use. Ideally, you should trim the wick to 1/4 inch. If the wick is too long, it will cause the candle to produce soot and smoke. To trim a wooden wick, you can use a wick trimmer or simply pinch off the burned end with your fingers (my personal favorite!). Once you've trimmed the wick, enjoy your candle and appreciate the clean, even burn!

Burn for 3-4 hours at a time

If you're looking to get the most out of your candles, you should be burning them for 3-4 hours at a time. This allows the wax to reach its ideal "melt pool" - the melted wax that surrounds the wick - which not only helps the candle to burn more evenly, but also allows for a stronger scent throw. While it may seem like a waste of wax to let the candle burn for such a long time, this is actually the best way to get your money's worth out of your artisan hand-poured candle. (Trust me, I designed them to work this way!)

True or False? Allow the wax to melt all the way across the candle each time you light it.

The answer is, "It depends!" Many people will tell you that in order to make your candles last, you should ensure the wax melts entirely across the top each time it's lit. This is not always the case for wooden wick candles. The first few times you light the candle, it is okay if you don't see the wax melt all the way across the surface. You can achieve a full melt pool after burning the candle about 3 or 4 times. Don't worry, each use will still quickly disperse an optimal amount of scent throughout your home!

Keep out of reach of children and pets

As someone who loves candles, I always make sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets. Safety is important for candle use, and I don't want anyone in my family or yours to get hurt. Let's be sure our kiddos and fur babies are not in harm's way by keeping candles out of their reach. Thanks for keeping safety in mind with your candle use!

Avoid any drafts or open windows

You also want to avoid burning your candles in a place where there are drafts, ceiling fans, or open windows that may cause a breeze. This is because drafts can cause the flame of the candle to flicker and dance, which can cause the wax to melt unevenly. Additionally, it can sometimes result in soot being deposited on the sides of the vessel, which can be unsightly.


If you follow these simple tips, you'll get the most out of your juneberryplace wooden wick candles and enjoy them for many hours to come!

Do you have any other questions about how to take care of your candles? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Lyssa

    Thank you for your question! juneberryplace does not currently offer refills for our candles, but I do encourage customers to reuse and upcycle their vessels once the candle is fully burned so that we aren’t producing any extra waste. I’m happy to create a post about both the best way to clean candle vessels as well as ideas for reusing the tins. stay tuned!

  • Juju

    Hi, thank you for this post. Is there a way to refill a wooden wick candle? Thanks again!

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