Have you ever wondered how to burn a candle? Sounds like a strange question, doesn’t it? After all, you purchase a candle, take the wrapping off the candle, get out a match or a lighter, and light your candle. That’s all there is to it. Wrong. It starts out that way but there is much more to keeping that candle burning properly, using most of the wax and burning it close to the bottom of the candle jar.
I have listed multiple Candle Burning Safety Tips below. If you follow these tips, you will successfully and completely burn your candle properly.
Most candle manufacturers place an additional ounce of wax (an inch) inside your candle container so that your candle can burn to within an inch of the bottom of the glass container. Burning your candle to the very bottom of a glass container may cause the glass container to explode. This is entirely up to you; however, for your safety, it is highly recommended to stop the burn of your candle within one inch from the bottom.
When you burn your candle for the first time, burn it for the hour that is recommended by the manufacturer thus you will start a proper burn for the candle. The circle that is developed while burning your candle for that hour, allows the circle to be more or less maintained with the next burn. When you relight your candle for the second burn, burn the candle for another hour and then blow out the candle. Each time you do this the depth of the circle is deepened and allows a more perfect burn. Do not panic if you burn your canlde for an hour and a half. On the second burn, burn it for an hour. After several of these burns, the circle (or hollow) will be deep enough to keep the candle burning down through the center. Should you desire to keep this beautiful candle and not burn it down any further, you can place a tea light candle inside the circle.
After burning your candle for more than an hour and you see a wax pool reaching the outer edges of your candle, blow out the candle. It is hightly recommended that you restart your burn over again to develop the correct burn for your candle. Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4 inch to avoid carbon build up on the wick (mushrooming), smoking, etc.). Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping. A long wick can cause a high flame, thus causing the wax around the outer edge of the candle to flow down into the wick area. This wax can cause the wick to go out or to even bury the wick with the flow of wax. Long or crooked wicks might cause the outside of the candle to melt and allow the melted wax to flow down the side of the candle and onto the surface of whatever you have the candle sitting on.
This happened to me. I lit my 3 wick candle, had it on a beautiful container and went into the kitchen to start dinner. Thee aroma of my candle drew my attention for it was getting stronger. I went to the front room and found red wax flowing all over my coffee table, on to the second shelf and down into my Berber carpeting. This caused such a mess and I was not able to remove all the wax. I tried every idea available to take out the wax: ironed paper towels over the wax; ironed brown paper bags over this pool of wax; scraped several layers of wax out of the carpeting and still nothing took that wax pool out of my carpeting. Yes, a lot of wax came up; however, the red color of the wax left a big ugly orangish red color. Thus my carpeting had to be replaced. Please learn from my mistake.
Try to keep the wick centered to promote even burning. In the making of the candle, unless the wick bottom is secured to the bottom of the container, it can move thus causing the wick not to be centered. When all the wax is liquefied, you can take a butter knife and push the end of the wick towards the center. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Allow your candle to cool before trimming the wick or relighting it. Wicks trimmed too short will not generate enough heat to properly burn your candle or may become extinguished by the melt pool. Also keep your candle free of wick trimmings, matches, or other foreign matter that could be a fire hazard.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep burning candles away from children and pets. Please do not place lit candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else. Always keep a burning candle within sight for you never know when a breeze will kick up and blow your sheer curtains into the flame, a child might be running through the house and bump into the table holding the candle, a running dog could knock over the table or a cat could jump up and brush against the candle holder. This can cause multiple problems including a fire.
Please keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Do not place burning candles near flammable objects. Place your candle you want to burn on a protected, heat resistant, level surface.
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, smoking and excessive dripping. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire. Ceiling fans, fans sitting on a table or kitchen counter or your exhaust fan on your stove can cause drafts and this can cause an uneven burn to your candle. Your candle might burn either down through the center or off to one side, thus you would not be getting an even burn.