Candle Burning 101 February 17 2014, 0 Comments

Many folks, us included, thought burning a candle wasn’t rocket science. Just light it and be done. Wow, were we wrong! Candles are meant to be enjoyed down to the last drop of wax. We want our customers to enjoy the entire life of our candles. Here’s how:

The first time you burn a candle is the most important burn. This will determine whether you use every last drop of wax or waste most of the candle in unburned wax. You need to allow time for a “wax pool” to form. To do this allow one hour of burn time for every inch in candle diameter. When it is total liquid on top from edge to edge you have a good wax pool. Now your candle will burn evenly all the way down the jar every time no matter how long you burn it. Failure to do this will result in “tunneling”. The rule is, whatever the first burn diameter is, that is what you will get for the life of your candle.

  If we blew out this candle now it would tunnel, not burning all the wax on the sides.

  This candle has a good wax pool.

Don’t forget to trim the wick before each burn! Quick way is when the candle is cold turn it upside-down over the sink and knock off the burnt wick. It will come off easily, leaving just the right amount of wick to light. Or you can use a wick trimmer, leaving 1/4 inch of wick.