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Article: Wick Testing Coco Soy / EC26 Wax & Zinc Wicks

Wick Testing Coco Soy / EC26 Wax & Zinc Wicks

I'm currently testing Coco Soy / EC26 with Zinc candle wicks.  I'm hoping that this will be helpful to some when narrowing down which wicks to use.  Feel free to adjust based on your wax/vessel/fragrance oil combo.  I'm using a vessel that's 3-1/8" inner diameter at the top, so if yours is smaller, you will want to wick down.  It's best to test a couple wick sizes in a few wick series or brands to see what you like the best!  Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have any questions at all.  I'm here to help. 

Zinc core wicks have a unique construction that provides maximum rigidity in a wide variety of candle waxes.  The Zinc Core's jacket design is 100% all-natural and maintains unmatched rigidity in the molten wax pool.  Zinc Core wicks are cotton braids with an inner zinc core (no lead alloys).  Zinc core wicks are cooler burning reduce soot and mushrooming.

I'm using a 3-1/8" jar and the wicks I'm using are Zinc 34-40 (double wick), Zinc 36-24-24 (double wick), Zinc 44-20-18 (single wick), Zinc 51-32-18 (single wick), and Zinc 60-44-18 (single wick).  I'm using Cashmere fragrance oil at 9% fragrance load.  I will allow it to cure for 2 weeks before testing them. I will keep you updated!  

If you've found a combination that works for you, please feel free to share your results below. 

**Should've tested 44-32-18 Zinc instead of 44-20-18.  Ooops. I will test that one if it looks like I need to. 

Results

Wax Type Vessel Size Wicks Fragrance Load Results
EC26 3-1/8" 34-40 (Double Wick) 9% Cashmere It looks good, BUT I think this jar will do fine with a single wick. We will see.  **This one looks really good. No soot, but it did burn down before any of the single wicks. 
EC26 3-1/8" 36-24-24 (Double Wick) 9% Cashmere There is a good size melt pool in this one, too early I think. Might be overwicked. We will see. **These wicks are burning too fast.  **There's quite a bit of soot at the top, so this one is overwicked. 
EC26 3-1/8" 40-20-18 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere I made this by mistake. It's too small of a wick.  Should've tested 44-32-18.  This one isn't going to work, I'm sure. **Too small of wicks. Still some wax hang up on the sides. 
EC26 3-1/8" 44-32-18 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere I ended up making this one.  It's curing now and will test it next week.  **I started burning this one, so we will see.  **This burned OK, but I did notice a tiny bit of soot along the rim.  I could retest this with a lower fragrance load ie 8% and see how it does.
EC26 3-1/8" 51-32-18 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere This one looks really good. No soot and no wax hang up on the sides.  Good jar temp and melt pool temp.  **I pick this wick for my wax, vessel, fragrance load combo.
EC26 3-1/8" 60-44-18 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere Waiting to see.  OK, this wick is too large for this size vessel.  It's 3/4 down and there is some soot starting to form along the rim. **This wick is too big.  A lot of soot at the top.


2 comments

Hello, thank you for your testing and results.
EC 26 works well with 9% for most FO?

I do have Cocoa Butter Cashmere from Flaming Candle and would like to test the 51-32-18 with a 3" jar. Am I on the right track?
Thank you kindly.

Marina Sanguinette

Is that coconut soy wax your using if so what is the measurements you use to blend both

Ex: 30% soy & 70% coconut

I’m a beginner trying to figure this out the different wicks are really hard to understand like I’m not getting it. So I am getting hung up on that.

Please help 🙏🏾 Thank You

Najane Sullivan

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