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Best Candle Burning Practice

Do you ever find yourself lighting a candle and burning it, only to find your candle experience is only sub par. Many times I went to light my own candles and noticed the wick was clumpy and the wax was a little discolored. I found soot on my candle jar rim more often than not. I never gave it a second thought, I thought this was normal, and it’s just what candles did. I went on with my candle woes and never changed a thing.

Did you know candles have rules, because I didn’t. Yes you read that right, rules for burning your candle. Wow, you might say, that’s crazy I never knew. Well It’s time for you to learn and stop burning your candles all willy-nilly and get your best burn possible. 

The possibilities for your candle are endless, imagine the ambience you could achieve if your candle was burning at the top tier. You could have the Lamborghini of burning, just by changing a few small things. Better burning, better lighting, better smells, and less soot. And it only takes a few little changes, only a few seconds and you will see so much difference. So you’ll see so much difference by burning it properly the first time, trimming it properly, lighting it properly, and burning it at a cooler temperature.

Digging into the changes you need to make you will see so much difference if you burn it right the first time. Wax’s, especially our beeswax, has a memory. Yes that’s right, a memory. When you burn it for too short of a time the first burn it makes your candle more likely to tunnel and have difficulty to get a full melt pool in later burns. This can cause more soot and make a sad candle. 

That’s why the first burn is so important. You want it to be able to burn long enough to melt a pool all the way to the edge. This can take a few hours to achieve, but I promise it will make a huge difference in your candles. Generally the rule of thumb is to burn your candle one hour per inch of wax in width. Since our glass jar is nearly three inches in width we recommend three hours burn time, and two and a half you should burn it two and a half to three hours as well.

The next important change is trim, trim, trim your wick. I was always in the habit of just doing the light and go technique, and just shrugging off the soot that came off for the first few minutes. If you ever see a ball of sooty wick on the end your cotton wick before you have what is called mushrooming, it is a bit different for woodwicks but you still need to trim it.

I think it is easier to see when your wick needs to be trimmed on a cotton wick, but that is only because the wick can be seen mushrooming. For woodwicks you’ll want to trim and keep the wick at about one-eighth an inch, cotton wicks should be trimmed to about one-fourth an inch. That might seem pretty short but it’s actually perfect. You see when a candle is burning it actually pulls the wax up the wick in order to burn the wax as fuel instead of the wick itself. If your wick is too long it’ll burn the wick and that’s where you will get extra soot. And one more thing you should remember is to cut your wick at a small angle, so one side it a little higher than the other.

Well now you have those done the next best thing that you can do to get your perfect burn is lighting it properly. At this point your probably thinking am I doing anything right any more. The simplest thing is lighting a candle right, just put in a flaming end and watch it light. But that’s not the case.

The way to get the best light is to take your candle and tilt it. You’ll be able to see your wick better, and you’ll be able to light your candle without heat coming up at your hand. By cutting it at an angle you will also have a higher point to start the flame. Then as you light it you can watch to see the flame draw across the full wick. I find it fascinating that while cotton wicks take only about three seconds to light, a wooden wick may take up to twenty full seconds to light. Giving you a few moments to really appreciate the coming joy of a happy flickering candle.

Lastly and I know how silly it sounds but you should burn your candle in a cooler space. Just like cold water boils faster than warm water, candles burn better when they are in a cooler room. Generally they burn best at 71-77 fahrenheit (or 22- 25 celsius). 

Also if you are burning your candle in a cooler space, you can expect your candle to last longer. The hotter air speeds up the processes involved with melting and vaporizing your wax. Whereas the cooler air helps maintain your wax longer, without affecting the burning of your wick.

In conclusion your candles can be better, and will be better with only a little more work on your end. Only a little bit of work can go a long way. These tips will make your sad candle be a happy candle and in turn make you a happy candle burner. The good thing is that we include a burn guide with every candle you buy, so you won't have to remember all of it by yourself.

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