How does a wooden wick crackle? | The Wooden Wick Co.

How does a wooden wick crackle? | The Wooden Wick Co.


Hey, it’s Charlotte.
Today on Maker’s Moments we will be explaining what makes a wooden wick
crackle. Wooden wicks not only have a gorgeous unique ambience to them,
but they’re also revered for their magical crackling sounds. So how does the
wooden wick crackle? As the cellulose in your wood wick changes states from
solid to gas, gas molecules become trapped in between the forces of wood.
Simultaneously the temperature is rising and the gas inside these pores is
rapidly changing. This is placing pressure on the cell
walls that have not yet begun their transformation from solid to gas. The expanding gas, in conjunction with the weakening surrounding cellulose, eventually results in a mini explosion as the cell walls rupture and the gas escapes. If you’re looking to really impress your candle maker friends with your newfound scientific knowledge of why would wicks crackle, you can even
drop the chemical equation for wood combustion into your next casual
conversation: C6H12O6 becomes 6O2 becomes 6CO2 becomes 6H2O. To get the most out of your crackle, make sure you’re using our crackling wick or
crackling booster wick. Certain waxes, such as 100% soy, may decrease the crackling range because of the oily nature of the wax. It may dampen the sound so it’s important to burn test with your specific wax to get the
crackling results you desire. To make it easy, we’ve included the link to our wax sample kit for you below. Ready to put your newfound knowledge into practice? Why do you love that wooden wick crackle? Let us know in the comments
below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to stay in the know on all the
latest maker’s tips and tricks. See you next time on Maker’s Moments. Happy making!

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