What do you do when a candle wick is too short?

On a chilly winter evening after spending all day preparing your home for the holidays, it’s nice to light a candle to enjoy a pleasant scent and flickering glow. But what if your candle wick is too short to burn properly? Don’t toss the candle just yet – with these tips, you can give your favorite scented candle a second chance! 

Why is The Wick is Too Short?


1.The main one is that whoever made the candle did not use the right wick for the size of candle.


If the wick is too small for the candle then you will get a small wick protruding above the wax and a small flame which does not let the wax fully melt across the the diameter of the candle. This leads to tunneling, where only the wax in the centre of the candle gets used and the candle tunnels down into the centre eventually hiding the flame from view.

  1. The wick broke off.

    After the wick has been lit and is black, it become brittle.  If it gets bumped it could break off and be too short to produce the right size flame.

    3. The candle was not allowed to burn long enough to create the full size liquid pool and has begun to tunnel.

    4. The wick is not the correct size for the candle and the flame stays small and the wick short every time you light it.

    If the wick was plenty long enough and burns down to nothing when lit never really melting the wax, it is possible that the candle is faulty.

    All four of these problems can cause the candle to start tunneling which will only keep making the wick shorter.


How to Prevent Short Candle Wicks

  1. Useour long lighter: A long nosed tool with extra reach and can remain lit to melt the wax
    Upside down: Hold the candle upside down and use a lighter to light it, quickly turning it the right way up afterwards
    3. Carve around the wick: You can use our Dipper to Remove a sliver of wax from around the candle wick will make it easier to light


How to Fix a Candle Wick that’s Too Short

You can use our lighter to Light the wick and let it burn for 20 to 30 minutes. Check the flame height occasionally to see if the problem works itself out.

If the flame remains weak, Please use candle snuffer correctly to put out the candle the candle and pour the wax it melted onto a paper plate. Once it cools, dispose of the wax and plate in the trash. Alternatively, you can soak up the liquid wax with a paper towel or cotton swab (after the candle is extinguished, of course).


The newly formed indent in the wax exposes more of the wick. Relight the candle and check it after 20 to 30 minutes. If everything looks good, let the candle burn all the way to the edges before blowing it out again.
If the wick is too short even to light, melt a bit of the wax with a heat gun and pour it onto a paper plate. You can also scrape out room-temperature wax using a butter knife to expose the wick so you can light it.

How to Trim Candle Wicks to the Right Length

It’s also possible to have a candle wick that’s too long. Burning a candle without trimming the wick between uses could cause a dangerously large flame. It also increases the amount of soot that forms when the candle burns. That’s why you should always examine the wick length and trim it if necessary before lighting the candle, Pls use wick trimmer to cut the wick.

When the wax has cooled to room temperature, cut the wick with scissors or a wick trimmer to the proper length of 1/4 to 1/8 inch. Discard the cut portion of the wick in the trash before lighting. Be careful not to cut the candle wick too short, or you’ll need to use the tips above to fix it!


Supply list:

  1. Wick trimmer
  2. Candle snuffer
  3. Wick dipper
  4. Candle lighter


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