Hemp Wick

Made with love from 100% natural hemp and beeswax

8kg spool of hemp yarn bast fiber long fiber for spinning waxing hemp wick

How much wick?

18,000 miles and counting.

We have been producing hemp wick in Poland and white labeling for customers around the globe since 2014. In that time we have made over 18,000 miles of wick. This amount of wick tied end to end would burn for over 1,000 years. Ask Mike, he did the math.

Our Process
TEX1200 Bast Fiber Yarn

The Yarn

It starts with yarn. Our typical wick is made from yarn that produces a final product that is about 2mm in thickness. If you have different requirements, let us know. The thickness of yarn affects the burn rate of the final product. The thicker, the yarn, the more wax it can hold and the more wax it holds the slower it will burn. If the yarn is very thick, then it will have a big ember, and when you blow it out, it will smoke a lot. So you have to extinguish thicker wick properly.

melted beeswax for making hemp wick in a bath

The Wax

Beeswax is the all natural, sustainably, sourced ingredient that gives our a hemp wick Its remarkable burn quality, and subtly sweet aroma. Beeswax is the “fuel” for the flame. We are very particular about/yarn ratio when making hemp wick. If the wick is too waxy, the wax could drip. It’s the beeswax that brings together our commitment to high-quality performance, environmental responsibility, and truly elevated user experience.

hemp wick leaving the wax bath

The Waxing

When producing the wick, waxing is the most important step. The temperature of the wax makes a difference and the method used to dewax the yarn is also important. We use an acid proof steel bath for melting our wax. This type of metal is standard in the B product processing industry aluminum steel, and copper cannot be used .

Frequently Asked Questions

Hemp wick is a natural alternative to traditional lighters, cedar wood, and matches. It’s constructed from hemp fibers that are coated in beeswax, which results in a slow-burning, sustainable flame source. When lit, the hemp wick provides a small, controlled flame that’s perfect for lighting a variety of items, ranging from candles and incense, to pipes and campfires.

The use of hemp makes the wick eco-friendly due to hemp being a renewable resource. Furthermore, hemp plants absorb more CO2 per acre than trees, making them beneficial to the environment. The beeswax coating not only prolongs the burn rate but also makes the wick stiff, which is convenient for holding a shape when you light it. All these properties come together to form a superior product that promotes sustainability while delivering on its promise of a clean, controlled flame.

It is recommended to hold the wick vertically to prevent the flame from getting too big. A large flame in most cases is not needed.

Using hemp wick instead of a traditional lighter offers several benefits, starting with a cleaner and more natural lighting method. When you light a butane lighter, you are also inhaling the harmful chemicals and butane gas that it emits. Over time, these chemicals could have detrimental effects on your health.
Additionally, using a hemp wick can improve the flavor of your herbs. This is because the wick burns at a lower temperature than lighters, which allows for a smoother and more flavorful experience. Many users have reported a notable difference in taste when switching from a butane lighter to a hemp wick.
There’s also the environmental aspect to consider. The production of disposable plastic lighters contributes to plastic waste, and the butane used in these lighters is a fossil fuel. By choosing hemp wick, you’re supporting a product that is not only better for you but also better for our planet.

Using a hemp wick is straightforward. Simply light the end of the wick using a match, lighter, or better yet a candle. Once it’s lit, you can use the hemp wick to light whatever you need – be it a candle, pipe, or any other item. After use, extinguish the hemp wick by gently blowing out the flame or dipping the lit end into the melted wax, or ashes. Be careful not to burn yourself when doing so!
One key aspect to remember is to control the size of the flame. This can be done by adjusting the angle at which you’re holding the hemp wick. For a smaller flame, hold the wick vertically, and for a larger flame, hold it at an angle or horizontally. You should never point the hemp wick down while lit, it’s a waste of the wick to make the flame that big and can be dangerous.

This is the great debate. Here if our take. The “flint” used to spark a lighter is toxic and shouldn’t be anywhere near your herb, mouth or nose when lighting it. Have you ever smelled the fuel from a zippo lighter? Yuck. Many smokers argue that hemp wick provides a superior smoking experience compared to gas lighters. This is due to the cleaner and lower-temperature flame produced by the wick. Gas lighters burn at a higher temperature which can destroy more of the good substances you might want to inhale.

If you are someone who values the taste and quality of your smoke, then switching to a hemp wick could definitely be worth it.

Please note that while hemp wick is a cleaner alternative to gas lighters, the act of smoking itself can still carry potential health risks, irrespective of the source of the flame.

Hemp is grown all over the world. Hemp that is grown for fibers are planet very close together so that the stalks get very tall. This ensures that the fibers are long. Once the stalks have reached the desired height (or the season ends), the stalks are cut and “retted” in the fields. This natural aging process allows the fibers to be to be separated (called decorticating), after this stage the fibers are combed and turned into roving. The roving is then spun into yarns. That is where we come in…

We carefully select beeswax and we send it to the steam filter. This process takes days. The wax is essentially cleaned with gravity. Once the wax is solid the debris from beekeeping is removed and the pure wax is the result. This wax is brought to our melting table where we keep it just above the melting temperature. Overheating wax is never a good thing.

We then introduce the yarns to the bath. The entire time the yarn is being waxed out trained waxers are watching it. We watch out for knots and other problems with the yarn.

The last step is dewaxing. You don’t want your wick too waxy.

From there the yarn is cooled, then brought to employees who earn living wages to be spun and cut into individual units or balls.

Yes, you can make your own hemp wick at home, although the process can be quite labor-intensive. There is also one big issue. Most of the balls of hemp twine sold in stores is wet spun, this is great for macrame but not great for making hemp wick. Does it work? Yes, it works but wet spun yarn burns faster.

You’ll need raw hemp fibers, which you’ll then have to spin into a string or twine. This step can be quite tricky without the right equipment or experience. Next, you’ll need to coat your hemp string in beeswax.

To do this, you’ll first melt the beeswax until it’s liquid. Then, you’ll dip your hemp string into the beeswax, making sure it’s fully coated. After this, you’ll need to hang the wick up to dry. Once it’s fully dried, your homemade hemp wick is ready to use.

Remember that while making your own hemp wick can be an interesting project, it’s often more practical to buy pre-made wick. This way, you’re supporting the hemp and beekeeping industries, and you can be confident in the quality of the wick you’re using.

Yes, hemp wick is generally safe to use, as long as you handle it responsibly. As with any flame source, there are certain precautions you should take when using hemp wick. Always be aware of your surroundings when lighting the wick and make sure it’s fully extinguished after use.

Additionally, while the beeswax-coated hemp wick is a natural product and burns cleaner than many other flame sources, you should still avoid inhaling the smoke directly. Inhaling any kind of smoke can potentially have harmful effects on your lungs and overall health.

Finally, be careful when handling the lit wick to avoid accidental burns. If you have children or pets in your home, make sure to keep the hemp wick out of their reach.

You can buy it from us! Hemp wick is available from a variety of sources. Many smoke shops, natural food stores, and even some major retailers carry hemp wick. You can also find a wide variety of hemp wick options online, from eco-friendly marketplaces to large e-commerce sites.

When choosing a hemp wick brand, you might want to consider factors like the company’s commitment to sustainable and ethical practices, the quality of their hemp and beeswax, and reviews from other customers. A great hemp wick should burn slowly and consistently, emit a pleasant aroma, and hold its shape well when lit. Watch out for companies that say they have “organic hemp wick”, very often this is greenwashing. We are not saying that it’s garbage, we are just saying that organic is a legal term and not a synonym for “natural”.

Absolutely! The versatility of hemp wick makes it ideal for numerous applications beyond lighting. You can use it in crafting projects, such as making candles or jewelry. It’s also great for gardeners, who can use hemp wick to tie plants without causing them harm. Remember, its natural nature means it’s safe to use in a variety of ways without harming the environment.

My favorite way to use it is for lighting camp fires, cut off about 12 inches of wick. Then separate the strands of yarn. Now roll it into a loose ball and light this with flint and steel or a match, this should burn for at least 2 minutes will a pretty large flame while you build up your fire suppliers around it.

I also like using it for getting to hard to reach pilot lights on vintage