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Candle Care & Burning Tips

Candle Safety

Taking care when burning your candle will ensure that there will be no nasty surprises. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Place your candle on a flat heat resistant surface. An enclosed container will be the preferable. Keep the candle out of the reach of children and pets. If children are using candles it should be done under adult supervision.

vase squareEnsure candles are not burnt next to any flammable material, like curtains or furniture.

Keep candles out of drafts and sunlight when burning. When the candle is placed inside a container, ensure the flame does not touch the sides of the glass, it can cause serious damage. It is advisable to place your candles on or in a container to contain the melted wax if it does happen to spill over the sides of the candle.

Extinguish and recycle the candle once it has burnt to about 15mm from the bottom. Do not allow the candle to burn to the surface it is standing on.

Be assured that none of our wicks contain lead.

Lighting your Candle

Firstly ensure that you adhere to the above safety tips. Make sure that there is no wind, fan or air conditioner blowing directly on the candle. This will increase the size of the flame, cause more melted wax than needed and spill over the sides of the candle. Place the candle in a protective container if necessary to ensure proper burning.

Trimming of a new candle wick is essential at this time. It is best to light the wick at the base where it enters the candle. This method aids the wick in drawing melted wax immediately. The use of an extended match, gas lighter or wax lighting stick will ensure you do not burn your fingers.

Candle Wick Care

The wick feeds the flame with much needed wax. The proper care and wick trimming is essential for an effective and clean burning candle. A too long wick will supply more wax to the flame than it can burn. The excess wax causes the candle to smoke. When the wick is to short, the flame is too small to generate enough heat to melt the required amount of wax to form a pool.

pic33The rule of thumb is to trim the wick to about 7mm. The idea is to only trim the wick as much as needed to produce a clean burning 25mm high flame after a pool has formed. As the candle burns the pool will expand, be careful not to trim the wick too short to soon. If the wick forms a ball (carbon build up) on the tip, it must be removed to allow wax to flow unhindered. Trimmings and insects must be removed from the candle. Check your candle from time to time and trim the wick as required.

If you have trimmed the wick to short by mistake, continued burning will normally recover the wick. If this does not happen you can aid the candle by removing some of the melded wax with a spoon, take care not to spill the melted wax.

If you find that the wick has wandered to one side, it is best to keep it centered by moving it while the wax is melted or soft using the tip of a screwdriver or pencil. We use cored wicks in our scented and container candles to prevent it from falling over. In addition we make use metal tabbed wicks to prevent the wick from falling over when it reaches the bottom of the container. Do not allow the wick or flame to come in contact with the sides or bottom of a glass container.

It is best to drown the flame in the wax pool, when extinguishing the candle. This method prevents continued smoldering of the wick which deteriorates the wick and effects the burning of the candle.

Candle Burn Time

All of the candles in our range are manufactured in our factory and they are designed to burn at an optimum rate. If a candle burns to slow, it will not throw the fragrance sufficiently to keep the area filled with the aroma of the fragrance. That is what we mean by candles burning at an optimum rate, as they should also not burn to fast. We take great care when candles are formulated to select the correct size and style of wick to produce the best burning candles. This process also ensures our scented candles deliver as promised.

large glass jarsOn the first burn, please allow the candle to burn long enough to melt the entire surface of the candle. This will ensure a consistent burn in the future and give the scented candles the opportunity to generate the rich full fragrance of the candle. The larger 100m candles will need to burn for at least 3 to 4 hours to melt the whole surface of the candle, this is especially for the first burn.

Scented candles will not release their scent effectively until the entire pool of melted wax has formed. The fragrance is not released via the wick, but is released from the melted wax around the wick.

Votive Candles

We produce two types of votive candles namely; the straight sided bell top and the tapered sided flat top (also known as an American votive).

Both the above votive candles are designed to burn in the appropriate containers so that the wax pool will form to generate the required flame. This pool extends to sides of the container and that is way it is necessary to have the correct sized container for the votive candles.

Never burn votive candles as free standing candles.

Tealight Candles

The aluminum cups that the tealight candles are placed in contain the melted wax pool once lit, reach high temperatures. It is therefore important to place your tealights in the appropriate container or on a heat resistant surface. 

Do not attempt to move a burning tealight candle as the entire candle turns to liquid after a while.

In the case of tealights it is important to light the wick on the tip of the wick in order for the wick to melt some wax to aid the wick in drawing up the wax. Straighten the wick if it has been pushed down by the packaging prior to lighting.

Final Word

We would like to wish you many happy hours of enjoyment with your candles. Please do not hesitate to contact Candle Makers if you require more information or advise on the use of candles.