Fillmore Container stocks 4 series of candle wicks – HTP Wicks, Premier Wicks, ECO Wicks and Stabilo Wicks. Here, we share basic characteristics of these candle wick series to aid in making a wick selection along with links to testing suggestions and tips on wick care.
ECO candle wicks are constructed as a flat, coreless wick. These wicks are designed to improve burn stability and wick curling. ECO wicks are cotton interwoven with specially treated paper filaments which help with the wick rigidity. The wicks have self-trimming capabilities and for a reduction in mushrooming and soot. They are available in 6” length and are pre-tabbed with a 6mm safety clip.
HTP candle wicks are a flat braid, coreless design made of cotton and paper. They have a high melt natural coating and are pre-tabbed with a 6mm safety clip. They are considered self-trimming with complete combustion which minimizes mushrooming and soot. The versatility of HTP makes them suitable for use in soy waxes and in those with lower melt points. All of our HTP Wicks are available in 6” length. The 10” or Prayer Candle length is available in the HTP 104 and HTP 83.
Premier candle wicks are flat braid design made with textile-grade cotton with a high melt natural coating. They are clean burning with less mushrooming, given proper wick care. These wicks are suitable for container candles, tealights, votives and pillars. They are available in 6” length and are pre-tabbed with a 6mm safety clip.
Stabilo Wicks (also know as CD wicks) are a flat braided cotton wick with paper fibers woven throughout. These are designed to promote maximum and consistent capillary action while ensuring a wick trimming flame posture. Stabilo wicks are often used in tealights, votives, pillars and containers because they provide increased rigidity and enhanced burning properties in all types of waxes. They are available in 6” length and are pre-tabbed with a 6mm safety clip.
Each Wick Guide contains data for each wick series on pool diameter, flame height and rate of consumption. You can also find the series wick guide in the attached documents of each of the wicks on our site. These values are important in determining which size wick will best suit your needs as determined by your container or mold (in the case of pillar candles). If you aren’t sure which series of wick will perform best in your candle system, you may need to test and compare the most appropriately sized wicks from more than one series of wick.
Other variables like the type of wax used, any additives, dyes, and even the particular fragrance oil used, in addition to the physics of your container (is it a jar, is it a dough bowl, do you want to use multiple wicks?) will have an impact on whether you may need to wick up or down. Every part of your candle system will need to be considered. We offer some tips and templates for record keeping to ease you through the testing process.
Finding the best performing combination for what type of candle you wish to produce takes a lot of dedicated testing, research, and time. It is not unusual for chandlers to spend more than a year continuing to perfect their product.
Wick care is a crucial part of maintaining a quality burn even if you have created a quality candle. It is important to ensure that your customers know how to care for their wick so that they can experience a good, clean burn from their candle. While good candle care doesn’t require special tools, having the best tools certainly makes it easier! Consider offering candle tools as value-added purchases to your candle line.