• Sarah S.

Do 3 Wick Candles Burn Faster?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

It goes without saying that we love candles. In many ways, we’ve devoted our lives to them, or at least the pursuit of finding knowledge that can help us create and enjoy the best candles possible. So when I started researching and testing 3 wick candles, I learned a few things that I thought might be worth putting into out there into the ether. And that started with the question: Do 3 wick candles burn faster?

The short answer is yes, 3 wick candles burn down at a quicker pace than candles with less volume and less wicks. The upside is the ability to get more fragrance throw from one candle.

Below is more detail as to why 3 wick candles burn faster, and a few things you can do to help your 3 wick candles burn longer.

Why Do They Burn Faster?

Three wick candles do burn faster, and there are a number of reasons for this. Below are the two main reasons why three wick candles burn faster.

More Volume Requires More Wicks

3 wick candles tend to be much larger in volume than a candle with fewer wicks. More wax volume will require a larger volume container, and larger volume containers will need additional wicks in order to burn the candle evenly.

The more wicks in a candle, the more heat and flame on the top of the candle while it burns. This adds to how fast the candle burns.

Burning Outdoors, Burns Candles Faster

Large gorgeous candles like these are favored for outdoor settings. While this is great, patio-life will definitely help any candle burn faster.

Wind gusts or drafts can cut down the life of your candles and force them to burn rapidly.

Additionally if you’re busy entertaining and are unaware that one flame has been snuffed out by the wind your candle will burn lopsided and likely begin tunneling on one side, cutting down its life drastically.


Why buy a 3 wick candle?

While 3 wick candles may burn a little faster than single wick candles, there are still a TON of reasons to buy a 3 wick candle. Here are our favorites:

Three Sources of Ambient Light Instead of One

Obviously there are three sources of light on a three wick candle, but what so three wicks add? Ambiance and comfort. Yes, three wicks burn faster but having three wicks creates a candle source with more light and flame.

In other words, three wick candles look cool. Three sources of ambient light instead of one.

Scent Throw is Dramatically Increased