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We tried out this candle brand just in time for fall—would its wood wick crackle?

It’s all snaps and coziness

A lit WoodWick candle sits on a table in front of a fireplace. Credit: WoodWick

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Literally no one wants to have a crackling fire inside when it’s 90 degrees outside. I mean, if you do, more power to you.

To me, a fireplace is a mood. One that translates to hot cocoa, fuzzy sweaters, and blankets—all things I put down once summer temps go up. Every March through October, I hang up my dreams of a cozy couch throw and say goodbye to the fireplace. Unless I want to confuse my air conditioning (and my family), I resign myself to missing the sounds and smells of my fireplace’s roar until fall’s chill rolls around again.

Now that fall is on the horizon again, I’m jonesing for the smells and cozy crackles of my fireplace, despite sitting here at the end of a sultry 90-degree New England summer. So, I went on a search for how to get the same vibes, minus the added heat.

I stumbled onto WoodWick candles, a trademark brand under the Yankee Candle umbrella. These are candles that crackle, or they’re supposed to, thanks to their wooden wicks. So, I ordered one in WoodWick’s signature Fireside scent, and I put it to the test. Could it come close to recreating a fall mood? Let’s see.

What WoodWick Candles claims

Three multicolored candles against a green background.
Credit: WoodWick

Craving the sound of a crackling fire?

The WoodWick Fireside candle is a good place to start, as it actually states it “crackles as it burns” on the front of its glass hurricane jar.

The natural, organic, wood wick in a cross pattern features +Pluswick Innovation, a patented design that claims to deliver a soothing crackle and a faster diffusion of fragrance. Basically, things are about to get lit. Literally.

What we like about the WoodWick Fireside candle

This 7-inch, 21.5-ounce candle, housed in a heavy glass jar with a wood stopper, is tall and substantial. It was quick to light, and the wick created a steady albeit large flame. Then came the moment of truth. I closed my eyes, and I listened. The crackle is real!

The sound made by the candle's wick is relaxing, and I think it brings an added touch to what could be an everyday candle. I've also never seen a candle burn so evenly or effectively. There was barely any wax left on the sides as the candle burned down. If it keeps this up for the duration of the 180 hours it claims to burn, I’ll be able to use the hurricane glass for a flower vase or maybe to hold my fireplace matches this fall.

What we don’t like about the WoodWick Fireside candle

In its wick, this candle has something special. I just wish it would look like something special, too. The Fireside candle color—a putty gray—is incredibly drab.

Also, its scent doesn’t scream fireside to me. When I lit the candle, my husband took a whiff and said, “Old lady perfume.” Nope. My daughter said, “Winter.” Hmm, closer.

I still can’t put my finger on what exactly the Fireside scent smells like, but it isn’t like being by a fireside. Regardless, I enjoyed the scent, which is more floral than smoky.

I also could do without the marketing material that is stuck to the inside of the candle’s wooden cap. I had a devil of a time trying to take off the sticker—an “ad” for their wick innovation—that made the entire thing look very cheap (which this candle isn’t).

Should you buy the WoodWick Fireside candle?

Two photographs of a Woodwick candle: one with the wick lit and the other unlit.
Credit: WoodWick

This candle has something special.

Yes. If you want to close your eyes and hear a crackling fire, then the WoodWick candle—in Fireside or any other scent—will definitely be music to your ears.

Caveat: If you’re looking for an actual fireplace fragrance, this candle will leave you cold. The Fireside scent is wonderful, it’s just not accurate. I think it should be a little smokier to really live up to its Fireside name in both crackle and scent.

Get the WoodWick Fireside 21.5-ounce candle at Bed Bath & Beyond for $27.99

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