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The Proper Way to Burn Candles

Christian F-M

A home that is filled with the fragrance of fall is welcoming as it is relaxing and calming. This is the reason why scented candles are often lit and placed around significant areas of the house to spread their homey scents. And while most people think that all they need to do is to simply spark up the fire and light the wick and the entire space will be enveloped by the candles’ flavors and scents, in reality, there are several tips that one should really take into consideration to ensure that the candles will last longer.

Problems Associated with Improper Lighting of Candles

If candles are lit the improper way, candles tend to shorten their “life” spans. Apart from this, there are still other problems which one can easily relate to lighting candles the wrong way.

  • One of which the creation of memory rings and tunneling, which are results of the candles burning for less than the required amount of time in order to melt or liquefy the entire top part of the wax. Tunneling will result the uneven burning the next time the candle is lit.
  • The formation of soot around the candle’s glass jar is another thing that candle loving people should take note of. This is the result of improper wick trimming and the accumulation of dust on and around the wick itself.
  • Production of dark smoke is also related to improper trimming and candle maintenance.

Burning candles properly does not require rocket science, however, it does require one to be mindful of how these scented wax cylinders are kept, maintained and burned.

Let the candle burn for the required amount of time

From the time when it is first lit, the candle should burn long enough for the candle to create a wax pool up to the edge of the canister or glass jar. Since the wax has the ability to acquire a specific shape when heated and cooled, it is important to make sure that the top part of the wax has melted all the way through. This will prevent tunneling and the creation of memory rings; as well as ensure even heat and burning in the future.

Time your candles well

An average person will let a candle burn for less than 4 hours, once every 24 hours. Exceeding the 4 hour suggested limit and burning candles several times within the day can result to the wick to create a mushroom or bulky tip. Mushrooming can lead to the production of dark smoke and soot.

Keep the candles clean and the wicks trimmed

Candles can accumulate dust over time which can get in the way of proper burning and of course the release of scents. These can be cleaned using soft brushes, but experts suggest that candles should be wrapped inside old pantyhose stockings to keep them dustproof. Just make sure that the flames have all burned out before doing this. As regards to trimming the wicks, candle makers recommend trimming about 1/8 inch every after a 4 hour burn. This will prevent the tips from bulging up and creating mushroom-like tops.

Avoid Drafts

Of course, no one should have to be reminded of making sure that candles should be burned where there is proper air circulation. A draft can cause tunnelling since there would be uneven burning.

Scented candles can create the best ambiance, and with proper care and candle burning practices, these fragrant additions to any place will last longer and burn better.


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