How to make a candle last longer?

How to make a candle last longer?

Apr 05, 2019 By Nicola Hum

When it comes to burning Honey Candles, we want you to get the most out of every precious drop of beeswax. If you’re like us, your goal is to see each candle burn entirely, with minimal wax left over. There are several things you can do to maximize your candles’ burn time:

 

  1. Trim the wick

You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s important to remember that many candles require wick trimming prior to, and periodically during burning. When burning pillars, tapers and other candles you may notice the wick becomes longer over time or that a carbon cap may develop on the top of the wick. This can cause a large, less stable flame that consumes wax more quickly. Simply extinguish the candle, trim off the wick, and relight. Candles like tealights and votives do not need their wicks trimmed before lighting and typically do not need to be trimmed during burning.

 

  1. Achieve the proper sized melt pool

When it comes to large candles, especially pillars, it is important to burn them for long periods allowing the wax to melt to near the edge of pillar.  This ensures you don’t end up with a tunnel down the center of the candle. If your candle tunnels, not only will it struggle for oxygen and not burn properly, it may leave unconsumed wax around the edges.   After the candle has been burning long enough to soften the edges, you can gently hug the sides of the candle in towards the flame encouraging consumption and an even surface. 

 

  1. Watch for the signs to avoid spills and drips.

In most cases Honey Candles are virtually dripless, however all candles are sensitive to air movement. Be mindful of open doors, air vents, or other draft-causers near your candle. If you notice the flame on your candlestick flickering, it might be a sign that the candle may drip. If this happens, first extinguish the candle. Eliminate any drafts you can by closing the door, or turning off the fan and check for proper wick length before relighting.  If you are worried that your pillar or decorative candle has a melt pool that is about to spill over, extinguish the candle, let the wax harden and cool and trim the wick before relighting.

 

It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on a burning candle!

 

Still have some leftover wax?

If you still ended up with left over wax after burning your candle, don’t toss it!  The beauty of Honey Candles is that they are 100% beeswax and completely non-toxic. This means you can repurpose the leftover wax in a number of DIY projects from hand lotions, to waxing your cutting boards! Of course you can simply slowly feed pieces to another candle with a large melt pool and transfer all that wax and burn time to your next beeswax candle.

Published By Nicola Hum

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