What type of wood is used in wooden wick candles?

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden wick candles are a popular new addition to the candle-making world, for both candle makers and those buying commercially produced candles. These candles use a wooden wick instead of the traditional cotton. The wooden wick burns clean, smells good and provides the warm and comforting sounds of a crackling fire without the fireplace.


The wood wick is made up of a narrow, flat strip of wood. A second shorter strip is adhered to the first as a booster. The wick is sized appropriately for the candle, with larger candles requiring a larger wick. Wood wicks are most commonly used for container-style candles.


Both hard and soft woods can be used for wood wicks. Soft woods may produce a better crackle than harder woods. Organic wood is most commonly used, and the wood should be treated with liquid wax before it is crafted into wood wicks. The wick should be cured by baking before it is used in candles.


Wood wicks are an excellent choice for all sorts of container candles. They work especially well in soy-based candles. A wood wick candle is an environmentally good choice, avoiding potential petroleum additives that may be present in some cloth wicks. The scent of burning wood works well with many fragrances, adding to the enjoyment of the candle.


Trim the wick to approximately 1/8-inch above the level of the wax. This will keep your candle flame to an appropriate height and create the most efficient burn. You should follow all standard safety rules with your wood wick candles. Crackling, snapping and popping sounds are all quite normal with this type of candle and a part of its charm.

Making Wood Wick Candles

If you wish to make your own wood wick candles, you can purchase wooden wicks at your local craft store or via online candle supply retailers. Choose the appropriate size wick for your container, and use soy or paraffin wax. Do choose wax made for container-type candles for the most successful result. Soy candles typically do best with a large or extra-large wooden wick, even in smaller containers. Avoid using excessive fragrance or dye to maintain the charm of the snapping and crackling that occurs when a wooden wick burns.

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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.