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The Dos and Dont’s of Candle Burning: Our Top Three Candle Burning Tips

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLE EVERY TIME YOU BURN IT

Nothing sets the ambience like burning a candle at home to offer your guests a beautifully fragranced welcome, to help set the mood for a dinner party, some romance, or just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

But are you burning your candles right to get the longest burning hours and the best burning experience? Black smoke and soot stains on the jar, a dry hard ring of wax around the outside that just won’t melt, any of this sounds familiar?

This post will give you the answers to the most burning questions (pun intended!) our customers ask when it comes to candle care, including our top three candle burning tips to make sure that you are giving your candles the TLC they need so they last longer and smell stronger.

Q: HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY CANDLE DOES NOT TUNNEL?

Tunneling is when the wick burns straight down the center of your candle without creating a full melt pool. A dry, hard ring of wax around the outside remains unmelted and you don’t get to enjoy your candle for as long as you should.

A: YOUR CANDLE HAS A MEMORY. THIS IS WHY THE FIRST BURN IS VERY IMPORTANT.

To avoid tunnelling, allow your candle to burn long enough during the first burn until the entire surface of the candle melts. Depending on the size of the candle this can take up to two-three hours.

Lemongrass Persian Lime Passionfruit Soy Candle
The first burn sets the stage for everything. When lighting your candle the first time, let it burn for as long as it takes to form a melt pool all the way to the edge of its container.

Q: HOW DO I PREVENT MY CANDLE GLASS JAR FROM TURNING ALL BLACK AND SMOKY?

Ever bought a brand new candle only to watch its glass jar slowly but surely being covered by black smoke stains? The main cause of black smoke is an overly long wick. The way to prevent those unsightly smoke stains is very simple: always trim the wick.

A: TRIM YOUR WICK BEFORE EACH BURN TO PREVENT YOUR CANDLE FROM SMOKING.

To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, trim your wick to about 5mm each time before lighting and remove any wick debris. This will help reduce soot and smoke, ensuring that your candle burns evenly and beautifully, the soft crackle of the wooden wick reminiscent of a cozy night by the fireplace.

New York Wooden Wick Soy Candle
Trimming your wooden wick is very easy, simply pinch the top burnt wood with your fingers, or if you are a serious candle lover, invest in a wick trimmer.

Q: HOW DO I PREVENT RAPID, UNEVEN BURNING, AND AVOID FLAME FLARE-UPS?

Flame flare-ups are ugly and wasteful. They can cause rapid and uneven burning, which means your candle will not last as long as it should. They can also lead to sooting and unsightly smoke stains on your beautiful candle jars.

A: KEEP YOUR BURNING CANDLE AWAY FROM MOVING AIR.

Protecting your candle from drafts, ceiling fans and air currents will help avoid uneven burning, smoking, and decreased burn time, and is key to ensuring its performance and longevity.

French Pear Soy Candle
Keeping your burning candle away from moving air will help it burn evenly and last longer.

Q: MY CANDLE HAS TUNNELLED, HOW DO I FIX IT?

It happens to the best of us. We light our brand new candle, only to remember we have to go out in an hour, and have to blow it out before it has developed a full melt pool. Or we cut the wick too short when trimming it, and it does not have enough power to burn a full melt pool. Or our home is too cold, causing the candle vessel to go very cold on the outside, which makes it difficult for the wick to get the wax to melt (ideal temperature for your candle is 18-21 degree C). 

The candle lover nightmare. There is hope, keep reading.

A: REMOVE THE EXCESS WAX OR USE THE TIN FOIL METHOD.

Our preferred way to fix a candle that has tunnelled is to remove the excess, unmelted wax before lighting the candle again. Only do this once your candle is cool and the wax is solid to avoid getting burned. Once you have removed the unmelted hard ring of wax, you can light your candle again, but make sure you give it enough burning time so that is reaches a full melt pool.

Another way to fix a candle that has tunnelled is the so called tin foil method. We recommend you do this in a safe place, such as a stainless steel kitchen sink drainer. Wrap a piece of aluminium foil around the edges and light your candle. Make sure the foil hangs over the built-up wax areas, but leave an opening in the centre so the wick can get enough oxygen to burn properly. How this works: when you light your candle, the vessel heats up and the wax should loosen from the sides. Take care when you remove the foil, only remove it after you blow out your candle and allow it to cool down.

NO TUNNELLING, NO BLACK STAINS AND LONGER BURNING HOURS IN THREE EASY STEPS

It’s that easy! To ensure your candle burns long, smells strong and looks beautiful, simply follow these three easy steps.

1. Set the memory of your candle right the first time you light it

2. Trim your candle wick before each burn

3. Keep your candle away from draft

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