We must have practically lit tons of scented and beautiful home decor candles over the years and brightened the atmosphere of every corner of your home during every occasion. But have any of us ever wondered that was the burning technique wrong or right?
I think of most of us haven’t thought about it before reading these essential guidelines:
- Be sure to trim the ¼th of the wick before lighting each candle. Trimming the wick will allow the candle to burn cleaner, longer duration & minimize mushrooming as well as reduce the emission of soot. Hence, trimming your wick is one of the most important recommendations we can share.
- First Burn — Allow the pool of wax to extend itself outside the rim of the jar to set its “memory.” Each time you burn the candle, it will “remember” to burn out to the rim.*Rule of thumb: Burn every inch of your candle’s diameter in every one hour.
- Before extinguishing always allow the melty pool of wax to reach the edges of the containers. This will allow the candle to burn clean, evenly, and prevent “tunnelling.”
How do I prevent my candles from tunnelling?
Tunnelling of a candle occurs when a candle burns straight down in the mid-portion instead of creating a complete melty pool of wax on the top surface of the candle. To be more specific when the wax does not melt to the edge.
To prevent tunnelling, you should burn your candle for one hour per inch of the container’s diameter when you first light it.
Say, for example, if the container is 3 inches in diameter then the candle needs to burn 3 hours for the first time. If not, the wax will never melt past the first wax pool and thereby lead to tunnelling.
So, if you all want your bucks not to be burnt unnecessarily follow suggestions from The Beetle to avoid common mistakes.
- Burn a candle less for than 4 hours.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Burn a candle within the site.
- Never burn a candle next to anything flammable.
- Situate a candle in a draft-free zone and on a heat-resistant surface.
- Keep a blazing candle out of reach of children and pets.
- Make sure you burn a candle on a protective and heat-resistant surface, and yes, definitely away from drafts.
- Snuff out the flame of a candle by dipping the wick into the melty wax pool, then remove it. This extinguishing process will help eliminate the afterglow or production of smoke. We highly recommend avoiding the usage of the lid as it can lead to staining of the glass and leave marks of smoke.
- Always stockpile candles in an upright and smooth surface. Maybe in a dark and cool area. Avoid their storage indirectly in bright light or in vehicles.
- After the candle has flamed down, the container can be reused for any other purpose. As soy wax is easily water-soluble therefore the soy candle containers can be washed with like warm water and liquid or normal soap.
Hopefully, our few tips might have earned a little knowledge about the right way to burn a soy candle.
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