There is a serenity that comes with burning candles and getting that therapeutic yet aromatic scent filling the entire space. Burning candles to some might just involve lighting it and letting the candle flame; however, there is a fine art to burning candles.
Do you ever wonder: What are some candle burning tips to get the most out of them? Or, how do I go about using my candles in such a way that it lasts?
Well sit tight, because we have the answer to all your questions! Below are some enlightening candle burning tips that will ensure you get the best out of your candles.
What are some candle burning tips to get the most out of them?
1. Always trim the wick to 1/8
One of our top candle burning tips is to never light your candles untrimmed. Trimming the wick of your candle before using it allows you to get the most of it. For every time you have to burn your candle, trim the wick between 1/8 (3mm) and ¼ (6mm).
There are wick trimmers to get this done, if you don’t have one, use your kitchen scissors or a nail cutter.
Why should you trim your wick?
This is to give you a cleaner, brighter and even burn. It’s all about keeping the burn under control.
2. Re-centre your wick while the wax is still liquid
Immediately after putting out your tealight or scented candles, remember to re-centre the wick. Don’t let the candle wax pool harden before you do this as it will affect your next burn.
Why should I re-centre the wick of the candle?
Re-centering the wick is an important part of candle care and keeping the glass of your jar candles clean. The wick often shifts as the wax softens, causing the flame to align closer to the glass and blackening it when it is next lit. Repositioning the wick will prolong the life of your candle and keep the jar clean.
3. Burn one hour for every inch in diameter
Every candle has a memory, which means you need to take this candle burning tip seriously. From the first burn, you have to ensure the entire top layer of wax is melted. Let’s break this down a bit more, so it is easier to understand. If your scented candle is 2 inches in diameter, you will have to burn it for 2 hours in order for it to burn evenly across the entire surface.
What if I don’t burn it enough during the first burn?
If you do not leave your candle to burn, and melt the entire surface for your first burn, then your scented candles or tealight candles will not burn evenly again. This will cause the candle to then tunnel every time it burns.
This is because the wax that melted in the first burn is now softer than the rest. The first burn of the candle is the most important to kick off the burning process; however, be sure to always let your candle burn one hour for every inch, every time.
Extra candle burning tip: When it comes to burning pillar candles, you want them to tunnel to avoid wax melting everywhere. Do this by lighting your pillar candle at the wick’s base rather than the tip.
4. Don’t put out your candle with your mouth or water
This is perhaps the least known of our candle burning tips. Do you notice the annoying black ash particles that form and get stuck in your candles? This is actually caused by you blowing out candles using your mouth or water! Your candle will also start to smoke more frequently when there is a build up of ash.
What should you use to put out your candles?
While it may not seem obvious, there are options when it comes to putting out your candles safely. Either use a candle snuffer or get a candle with a lid. This takes the oxygen away from the candle, allowing it to diffuse on its own and not disturb the flame to abruptly
5. Never burn your candles for too long
Burning your candle for too long can be risky for several reasons. Firstly, it can cause a lot of damage to the lifespan of your candle as well as the jar of your scented candles. It can also be a dangerous fire hazard. For example, an American woman suffered first and second-degree burns when her candle exploded after burning for a prolonged period of time.
What is the recommended candle burning time?
4 hours. When it’s nearing the four hour mark, put your candle out. Don’t relight it until it has cooled for two hours.
Do you have any more candle burning tips? Feel free to share them in the comments below! Proper candle care is important to us here at Koch as we want to ensure you get the most out of our candles.