Bacon candle (a.k.a., the Man-dle)

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Step 6: Set up wick

I used a piece of cotton cord for my wick.  Other suitable wick options include cotton yarn, a thin strip of cotton fabric, a strand from a clean cotton mop head, or a commercially available wick from a hobby or craft store.

I tied a small washer to one end of the wick for weight.  The other end was tied to a pencil so that the wick hung in the center of my Man-dle jar.  

Basically, you want your wick long enough to reach the bottom without being so sloppy that it makes a mess when things start heating up.  Yeah....ahem.
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