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it's all about the wick

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  • Started 2 years ago by longarekel
  • Latest reply from DaasYochid

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  1. longarekel
    Member

    After a while my wicks sometimes mushroom on top so the flame is adversely affected. Any ideas on how to make the wick so it doesn't break up after a while? I'm sure others have this issue so I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions. It's good to have beautiful mitzvos.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Wisey
    inventor of banana mush

    My wicks don't do that, maybe you should just look around for a different type of wick. There are plenty of types out there, floating,plastic,wooden, oil drawing wicks etc.....

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. ZeesKite
    Member

    Sure, make it smaller (lower), don't leave out too much on top.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Derech HaMelech
    King's Highway

    Do you either make your own wicks or use loosely twisted cotton ones? I think it just needs to be a little tight and not too long on top.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. aurora77
    loves cats

    Hello longarekel,

    I can't say that I have noticed this problem in my limited experience...have you tried different brands? I am partial to beeswax candles myself -- to me, it seems as if the flame burns more cleanly. This may well not be related to what you are experiencing though. Could it be that perhaps the wicks you have are too long?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. zahavasdad
    zahavasoneluckygirl

    Aurora

    Most people here use oil which is a bigger pain to use. I almost never get it right. The candles are much easier to use.

    I almost always have an issue with the wicks with the oil

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. DaasYochid
    a singular mind

    ZD,
    The pre-measured oil cups are not a pain.

    Longarekel,
    It's probably the wind. You should light inside.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. zahavasdad
    zahavasoneluckygirl

    I dont use the pre-measured cups. They are overpriced. Its much cheaper to pour oil and used the wicks and floaters

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. rabbi_dr
    Member

    I use "plumbers lamp wick" in those brass tubes with extra virgin olive oil bought at a grocery. Beautiful flame every time.
    You can get the wicks in most hardware stores. It comes in a spool that can last for several years.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. aurora77
    loves cats

    Hello zahavasdad,

    I didn't realize that, thank you for letting me know :-)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. longarekel
    Member

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions, especially zeeskite for the 'shorter wick' idea. I tried it and it worked.
    DaasYochid: I used to light inside and I had the same issue. Ever since I learned that the mitzva is to light outside, I've been lighting outside.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. DaasYochid
    a singular mind

    Longarekel, I was kidding.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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