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    longarekel
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    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.

    #913231

    Wisey
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    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…..

    #913232

    ZeesKite
    Participant

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

    #913233

    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.

    #913234

    aurora77
    Participant

    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?

    #913235

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    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

    #913236

    DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    ZD,

    The pre-measured oil cups are not a pain.

    Longarekel,

    It’s probably the wind. You should light inside.

    #913237

    zahavasdad
    Participant

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

    #913238

    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.

    #913239

    aurora77
    Participant

    Hello zahavasdad,

    I didn’t realize that, thank you for letting me know 🙂

    #913242

    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.

    #913243

    DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Longarekel, I was kidding.

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