Pillar candles naturally burn round, therefore when burning a square beeswax candle, you will notice that the burn pool is round within the square edges. This means that the corners will take longer to burn than the center. It is because of this that square pillars should be burned for longer than round pillars. By burning your pure beeswax candle for longer, the corners will be reached and burned more completely. It is usually recommended to burn pillars for at least 3 hours, to prevent a well in the middle of your candle. If you find that the corners of your square pillar are not being reached in this time, try increasing the burn time. It is also important to fold in the edges, or ‘hug’ your Honey Candles® Square Pillar. This helps the heat from the flame reach the edges and corners of the candle, giving you a more even burn and preventing a well from forming.
General tips for burning natural beeswax pillars:
- Burn on a flame-resistant pillar plate
- It is not recommended that you burn pillars in hurricane lamps, as they reduce oxygen flow to the flame
- Trim the wick to ¼“
- Light the candle at the base of the wick
- If a carbon cap develops on the wick, extinguish the candle, trim the carbon cap and relight
- Extinguish by dunking the wick into the wax pool and then straightening
We hope these tips help you get the most from your Honey Candle Square Pillar experience. To view our selection of handmade Honey Candles® Square Pillars visit the Candle Shop here, and for information on burning other pure beeswax candles visit our candle care page.
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