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« on: April 21, 2013, 10:21:30 PM »

Hi everyone

Hope you are all doing well.
I wan to dabble in candles now and have been looking at
4candles UK.

I am a bit confused about the wicks and what it means:
CSN5 - 35mm - £2.74 for 20 metres
CSN7 - 40mm - £2.86 for 20 metres
CSN9 - 45mm - £2.24 for 15 metres
CSN11 - 50mm - £2.43 for 15 metres
CSN12 - 55mm - £2.56 for 15 metres
CSN14 - 60mm - £2.02 for 10 metres
CSN16 - 65mm - £2.20 for 10 metres
CSN18 - 70mm - £2.30 for 10 metres
CSN22 - 75mm - £2.44 for 10 metres
CSN26 - 85mm - £2.68 for 10 metres

What do the #mm numbers mean?

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 10:45:10 AM »

Sorry hon I'm not au fait I'm afraid. Huh? Sure someone can help.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »

not a candle expert but I think the bit in red is the size of wax pool - eg, if you are using a jar that is 4cm wide, you would start with wick CSN7 - though the wax and fragrance affect it as well.

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 12:35:19 PM »

mm is indeed diameter of candle or container. beware soy wax diameter does not work out the same, so you'll need to size up. the only way to do this is to buy a selection and test. I would recomend this anyway, don't buy a lt of one size, buy samples of a few and tes test test!

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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2013, 06:11:31 PM »

What wax are you using as each wax burns differently?? 

CSN doesn't seem to be a choice - at least for container candles anyway. 

The TB wicks sold by candle-shack are great for both paraffin and soy and seem to have a good following.  I would buy 10 of each size and then you're covered for every diameter.

Good luck.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 06:35:50 PM »

I use soy wax and use LX wicks This is a guide to the wick size and the diameter of the candle  it is best for. It is a guide and can be dependant on whether using FO or Essential Oils to fragrance

LX8   - up to 50mm
LX10 - up to 55mm
LX12 - up to 60mm
LX14 - up to 65mm
LX16 - up to 70mm
LX18 - up to 75mm
LX20 - up to 80mm
LX22 - up to 85mm
LX24 - up to 85mm
LX26 - up to 90mm
LX28 - up to 90mm
LX30 - up to 95mm

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 11:48:53 AM »

Just realised my post above has a typo - I said: "CSN doesn't seem to be a choice".  I meant to say they don't seem to be a "good" choice.  Tried to edit my post but couldn't see the edit button.

I use LX wicks too. They are great so long as the melt pool is fairly shallow as because they aren't cored they can have a tendency to lean over.

To give you an idea of sizes - LX22 works for 65mm diameter soy (cb135/excel) container wax and also 75mm paraffin (sasol brand) container wax.  That's with 9% fragrance.
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