Are you one of those people who burns a candle and finds half the wax still in the jar once the wick has burned down? Well, you’re not alone. There a lots of people who don’t know how to burn a candle the right way. Today I’m sharing candle burning tips so you can get the most out of your favorite candle scent.
Candle Burning Tips & Tricks
Trim the wick
This is one of the most important things you can do when you’re burning any type of candle. Trimming the wick produces a cleaner burn and prevents soot build-up around the jar opening. An untrimmed wick can result in smoke and the wick flaring and mushrooming at the tip. For the initial burn and before every burn thereafter, you want to trim the wick to 1/4 inch long.
Burn the wax all the way across the top
The first time you burn your candle is the most important since it will determine how the wax will burn for the life of the candle. For the first burn, burn the wax all the way across the top of the candle. The wax should be liquid from edge to edge. It may take several hours for the full melt to occur so be patient. If you fail to let the wax melt all the way across the candle, the wax will create a tunnel in the center of the candle. The diameter of the ‘tunnel’ will not increase over time and all of the wax beyond the outer edge of the tunnel will be wasted.
tip: it takes approximately 1 hour of burn time for every 1” inch in diameter for the entire surface of a candle to become liquid
Don’t over-burn candles
In most cases, candles should not be burned for more than 4 hours at a time. Extended periods of burning can result in a flared wick and soot build-up. Once your candle has burned for a few hours, blow out the flame and let it cool for 2 to 3 hours before trimming the wick and re-lighting it.
Keep the flame away from vents and moving air
If your candle flame is being impacted by moving air, the air will cause the candle to burn unevenly. This is especially true with taper candles resulting in heavy wax drips down the sides of the candle. Try placing a jar candle inside a large glass vase or open container to reduce the amount of air that comes in contact with the flame.
Sometimes two wicks are better than one
If you need an extra wide candle for a candleholder or vase, look for a candle with more than one wick. A wide candle with a single wick will never produce enough heat for the wax to fully melt across the top so you’re destined to get a tunnel. The more wicks a candle has, the more heat it will generate and the faster the wax will melt.
Put a lid on it
An easy way to preserve the intensity of fragranced candles is by putting the lid back on the jar when you aren’t burning it. Exposing an open candle to prolonged periods of air can reduce the strength of the fragrance over time.
Stop the burn when the wax is approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom of the jar
When the wax is approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom of the jar, the heat at the bottom of the jar can actually burn the surface it is sitting on. If there is only a 1/2″of wax left in the jar, you’ll want to throw the candle away.
If the candle comes in a jar that you want to keep, there’s an easy way to remove the wax. Once the wax is cool, place the jar in a pan and fill the pan with hot water. The hot water will soften the wax so you can break it up with a knife. Once the wax is out of the jar, fill the jar with soap and water to remove any residue. Then place the jar in the dishwasher to get it sparkly clean.
Now that you know all my candle burning tips, here’s a round-up of my favorite fall candles (affiliate links included).
FAVORITE FALL CANDLE SCENTS
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have a favorite fall candle scent, please leave me a comment so I can check it out!
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