How to Burn our Candles
Just like humans, candles “remember” how they burned (or have been burned) previously and tend to follow the same pattern during subsequent burns. If the wax around the edges never melted, the wick will sink into a crater of hardened wax in a process called tunneling. The following tips and tricks can help you make the most out of your candle and keep you & your home safe!
- Position a candle vertically on a flat, stable surface. If you place a candle on an uneven surface, the wax will melt in irregular patterns and the flickering flames might give off dark smoke stains. Pillar candles will drip excessively if they're not totally upright. Most importantly, it's highly unsafe to place a candle on an unstable or angled surface, such as a chair seat or a wobbly table.
- Light candles with a long lighter or long match. If you keep the candle level and use a long match or lighter, you'll more easily be able to reach the wick and won't start an uneven burn. Strike a match or engage the lighter and touch the flame to the wick. As soon as it ignites, remove the lighter or match and extinguish the flame.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts. Flickering flames might look pretty, but they don't burn candles evenly. Place your candle in a breeze-free location, away from fans, air conditioning units, open windows, passers-by, and any other source of moving air. This is also a safety precaution. Even a gentle breeze might blow a piece of paper or a curtain corner directly into the flame.
- Trim. The. Wick. Every. Single. Time. Trim candle wicks to be 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in (0.32 to 0.64 cm) tall before each use. Long, uncut wicks often take on a mushroom-like shape. This creates a wide, unstable flame that flickers, gives off smoke, and prevents the candle from burning evenly. Combat this by using a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors to chop the top of the wick off.
- Don’t burn a Beeswax Pillar Candle for a short period of time. Pillars are designed to burn for long periods of time: at least 3-4 hours each time you light it.
Never leave a burning candle unattended and always light it on a heatproof surface. Make sure to keep out of reach of flammable objects, pets, children, or anything that may catch on fire. Stop using the candle when only 1/2” of wax remains.