This may seem like a strange question, but as a newly apprenticed Sacristan (at age 42), I’m looking for those who have had personal experience in trimming candle wicks and keeping them burning without black smoke. I’ve googled a few articles, but I would like to hear from people with first-hand experience. What lentgth should the wick be? I’ve heard 1/4 inch is ideal, what about trimming actual wax from the candle? I’ve also read of soaking the wick in methylated spirits or parrafin to make lighting easier. Any anecdotes or personal experiences in this subject would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all in advance.