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  • Does height of container affect wick?

    In a nutshell, would a tin container 80mm wide require the same wick regardless of the height of the tin? (assuming I was using a fragrance & wax combo I'd successfully wicked before)
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    Originally posted by IndigoChick View Post
    In a nutshell, would a tin container 80mm wide require the same wick regardless of the height of the tin? (assuming I was using a fragrance & wax combo I'd successfully wicked before)
    Yes, up to a certain point. A tin that is say 50mm deep is going to act similar to one that is 60mm deep (and of the same width as the 50mm one). But it will react differently to a tin that is 150mm deep after it burns down to a certain point.

    The reason being that the tin will have an effect on how much heat gets trapped in the system. The deeper the container the more heat that gets trapped and the more trapped heat, the more it affects the melt pool which in turn can affect the burn. Don't forget that a deeper a container (whether tin, glass, china etc.) will also affect how much oxygen gets to the flame so will also have an effect on the burning. This is part of the reason you should never make container candles that are more than twice the height of their width.

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    • #3
      I was thinking of a shorter tin, so 28mm instead of my usual 55mm.
      Rozelle
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      • #4
        Originally posted by IndigoChick View Post
        I was thinking of a shorter tin, so 28mm instead of my usual 55mm.
        As soon as I hit submit I wondered if you meant shorter rather than taller...

        It will be less of a problem this way round, but it could still have an effect. The perfect burn you no doubt have mastered, could be partly to do with the height of the tin and the heat it traps. Don't forget the tin itself will play a big part in keeping enough wax liquid and ready to be used as fuel.

        I suppose there's only one real way to find out...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Spencer101 View Post
          I suppose there's only one real way to find out...

          Let me guess, test test test! Well, I can't go any crazier over testing than I already am so I'll give it a go!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by IndigoChick View Post
            Let me guess, test test test! Well, I can't go any crazier over testing than I already am so I'll give it a go!
            Spot on, and on your first guess too!

            When you get to the point where every possible flat, horizontal and heat proof surface in your house has a burning candle on it, you've gone about as crazy as you can with testing! MANY MANY times my house has been like that.

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            • #7
              LOL I think my limit has been 12 at once so far
              Rozelle
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