What are the different types of wicks used in Candle making ?
Most high-quality wicks are made from knitted fibers to encourage a slow and consistent burn. The burning time of Candle largely depends upon the type of wick used. Following are the types of Wicks that can be used in the Candle Making :
- Flat Wicks. The flat wicks are made from three bundles of fiber, are very consistent in their burning. They are the most commonly used wicks, and are often found in taper and pillar candles.
- Square Wicks. These wicks also curl in the flame, but are more rounded and more robust than flat wicks. They are preferred for beeswax applications and can help inhibit clogging of the wick, which can occur with certain types of wax formulations, pigments or fragrances.
- Cored Wicks. These wicks use a core material to keep the wick straight or upright while burning. The wicks have a round cross section, and the use of different core materials provides a range of stiffness effects. The most common core materials for wicks are cotton, paper, zinc or tin. Cored wicks can be found in jar candles, pillars, votives and devotional lights.
- Specialty Wicks. These wicks are specially designed to meet the burn characteristics of specific candle applications, such as oil lamps and insect-repelling candles.