Your First Light

Proper care of your candle’s wick is important.

Your wick has already been pre-cut for you at the Yard on a 15 degree angle, so that when you first light your candle, the flame will regulate itself. This allows the candle to settle into its own natural wick-to-wax ratio, creating the most optimal burn for your candle! We recommend that your candle burn for approximately 2-4 hrs or until the wax has fully melted to the outside edge of the can; this is essential to create your candle's memory burn.  If the memory burn is not achieved at your first light, then your candle will begin to tunnel – resulting in a very weak flame that won't stay lit.

Maintaining Wick Health

What do you do after your first light?

First, make sure that your candle is in a cool wax state before every relight. Next, using a tissue (or your fingers as a waste-free option), remove any charred bits of wood by pinching it between your fingers. The charred wood will naturally loosen itself away from the wick. If you choose the waste-free option, please make sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water to fully remove any black soot from your fingers (and avoid transferring it to any clean white surfaces).

How to Clip at Home

The ideal wick height is ¼ inch long!

You most likely have a pair of nail clippers laying around – and they are a simple tool to help clip away any access charred wood. Be very careful to not clip any deeper than the charred wood, as this will result in trimming your wick too short! Also, make sure to keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches, and debris at all times. ***Please NEVER use scissors to trim your wick, as the way that the blades meet can cause unwanted damage to the wooden wick. 

Enjoy Your Candle!

Other tips and tricks to keep your candle happy.

If the metal can is hot to touch, your candle is burning too hot. Blow it out and clip the wick before re-lighting. The metal should only be slightly warm to the touch, even after burning for a couple of hours. Stop burning your candle when there is 1/2 inch of wax remaining in the can. If the metal wick clip is visible, stop burning your candle. Follow our recommended directions of candle care and burn time of about 2-4 hours. Burning your candle for longer than the recommended time can be a fire hazard, create unnecessary soot, or may overheat the wax (resulting in discolouration).