Proper care is essential to a clean burning candle. Many problems can be avoided, once you know how.
We offer the following suggestions to
help you get the most from your pillar candles and
prevent many of the most common causes of poor candle performance.
#1. Trim your wick to 1/4 inch or less before each time you burn your candle.
This practice is crucial to proper candle performance and a clean burn. If your
wick becomes too long, the candle can not consume all of the wax being fed to
the flame and the result is smoke.
#2. Protect your candle from drafts.
Drafty conditions cause incomplete and uneven combustion. Brief puffs of
smoke can result. Drafts can also cause the flame to unevenly melt the side
walls of your candle which frequently ruins a perfectly good pillar candle. If
the candle flame is dancing, the candles life is being shortened. This is the
most common cause of blowouts, where your candles spills out all over its candle
holder. You can prevent this problem by using a glass hurricane. If you cannot
find or afford one and must burn candles in a draft, be sure to turn them
occasionally to ensure even heating.
#3. Remove foreign matter from the wax
pool. Items such as match heads, bits of wick, moths and other foreign
matter along with becoming an unsightly mess can
become secondary wicks and create an inferno when you least expect it, often
ruining a perfectly good candle or worse.
#4. Straighten your wicks.
Many people don't realize that braided cotton
wicks tend to curl as they get hot. The wick will curl and lean to one side as
the candle burns and will eventually cause uneven heating of the candle walls.
To prevent this problem, after extinguishing your candle and before the wax pool solidifies, take
a tooth pick or other similar item and gently nudge the wick back to the center
of the wax pool. This will set up your candle for it's next use and prolong it's
#5. Always use a non flammable candleholder.
Most candles contain fragrance oils and color
dyes which when placed on bare counter tops and furniture can bleed color and
stain. Using a holder protects your furniture and counters from staining and
also helps clean up of minor wax spills.
#6. When extinguishing, always snuff your candle.
Many candles will continue to smolder when
blown out. It is important to make sure your candle is extinguished completely
for two reasons. One, a smoldering candle has the potential under rare
circumstances to re-light itself. Two, the smoke that comes from a smoldering
candle contains unburned particulates that can build up on surfaces in your
home. This can be avoided by gently pinching the wick with moist fingers.
Snuffing also prevents the possibility of blowing molten wax all over the place.
#7. PLEASE use common sense when
burning candles. We could list about 500 things you shouldn't do when burning
candles, most of them are matters of common sense and safety. Don't ever leave a
burning candle unattended. Don't burn your candles near curtains, blankets,
shower curtains, lace lingerie, Christmas trees, aerosol sprays of any kind
including hair spray, or anything else that could possibly catch fire, including
children, pets, sleeping bags, rocket fuel, gasoline, kerosene, lacquer thinner,
etc, etc. .
Here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions:
candles put out toxic emissions when they burn?
No. According to The National Candle Association, many of the world's finest
wick manufacturers and the EPA who have all conducted extensive research on the
subject of candle combustion along with extensive laboratory test burning and
analysis of the emissions produced by all types of candles, it has been
documented that a well made candle when burning properly emits primarily two by
products of combustion. Water vapor and carbon dioxide. The same two things that
you emit every time you exhale. It is important that the consumer understand the
importance of proper combustion. In other words, keep your wick trimmed.
What causes a candle to smoke?
The most common cause of smoke in a properly
formulated candle is an untrimmed wick or drafty conditions.
If the wick is too long, the flame cannot consume all of the wax being fed to
it. Much like tossing green leaves on a fire, the result is smoke. You should
always trim your candle wick to 1/4 inch or less before lighting. If your
candle's flame is tall and begins to smoke, extinguish it, let it cool and trim
the wick. Drafts can cause brief puffs of black smoke which is primarily pure
carbon. Other factors can include too much scent or too much oil in the candle,
excessive amounts of low quality fragrance oil, fragrance which is not designed
for candle applications, including some essential oils and soap fragrances, or a
wick which is not properly sized for the wax formula. If you have trimmed your
wick and removed your candle from drafty conditions and the candle still
excessively smokes we suggest you immediately extinguish it and throw it away.
What causes candles to spill out onto the
Many times this problem is easily avoided with
proper care. Always protect your candle from drafts and wind. The candle flame
should be still when burning. If the flame is dancing around it is unevenly
heating the side walls. If this is allowed to continue the side wall will break
down and "blow out" the side often times ruining a perfectly good candle. We
recommend using a hurricane to protect your candle while burning. If you cannot
find one, be sure to turn your candle every so often to prevent uneven heating.
We also recommend that you limit the amount of time your candle is allowed to
burn. A good rule to go by is never burn your candle more than 1 hour per inch
in diameter. If your candle is 3 inch in diameter, don't burn it more than three
hours at a time. Another very important habit to get in to is straightening your
wick when you extinguish your candle. Most candle wicks are made from cotton and
become soft and bendable when hot. They will tend to bend to one side, often
positioning themselves off center. After extinguishing your candle, take a
toothpick and gently center and straighten your wick while the wax pool is still
warm. This will ensure that your candle is ready to burn at it's next lighting
and will give you many added hours of enjoyment.
Do I have to use a candle holder?
We HIGHLY recommend that you always use a non
flammable candle holder, even when not burning your candles. Almost all candles
contain fragrance oils and color dyes which when placed on furniture,
countertops or other unprotected surfaces can bleed or leave marks. The holder
not only enhances your candle display it also helps protect from any wax which
might spill during burning. Let us know what
you come up with, we love to hear from our customers.