Thursday, October 22, 2009
BURNING A CANDLE PROPERLY:
Have you ever wondered why your candle seems to burn right down the middle?? Seemingly wasting half of the wax and your money at the same time??
Can you believe that it could be something as simple as burning it in a different way? I know what you are thinking...how many ways are there to burn a candle?? Well, there is really only one way to burn it and get your moneys worth, so let me tell you the secret....
The first time you burn your new candle is the most important burn. Your candle has a memory and will tend to only burn and have a melt pool as big as the last time you burned it. So, the first burn sets the pace of how your candle will burn in the future. Make sure to have enough time to let it have a full melt pool, which means that it should be liquified all the way across the top of the candle. Typically, on the first burn it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the diameter of the jar being used. Before you burn it the next time, be sure to trim the wick to about 1/4 of an inch. Trimming the wick is very important, as this will help to cut back on excessive smoking from the candle. Trimming of the wick also will not allow the flame to be too large. Each time you burn your candle, allow time for a full melt pool. You should not have any wax left of the sides of the jar, which means you are not wasting your money! Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at one time, allow it to cool, trim your wick and then re-light.
I hope that this will help you save money and enjoy your candle even more!