Have you ever wondered how to properly burn a candle? Sounds like a strange question, doesn't it?
Finally, buy a candle, remove the packaging from the candle, take out a match or lighter, and light your candle. That is all there is to say.
It starts like this, but there is a lot more to properly burning the candle, using most of the wax and burning it close to the bottom of the candle jar.
I have listed several tips on safety when burning candles below. If you follow these tips, you will burn your candle successfully and completely correctly.
Most candle manufacturers put an additional gram of wax (one inch) in your candle container so that your candle can burn to within an inch of the bottom of the glass container. If you burn your candle to the bottom of a glass container, the glass container can explode. This is entirely up to you, but for your safety, it is highly recommended to stop your candle burning within an inch from below.
When you burn your candle for the first time, burn it for the hour recommended by the manufacturer so that you start proper burning for the candle. The circle that develops as you burn your candle for this hour allows the circle to be more or less maintained with the next burn. If you light your candle again for the second burn, burn the candle for another hour and then blow out the candle. Every time you do this, the depth of the circle deepens and enables more perfect burning. Don't panic if you burn your candle for an hour and a half. The second time you burn it, burn it for an hour. After several of these burns, the circle (or trough) is deep enough to let the candle burn through the center. If you want to keep this beautiful candle and don't want to burn it further down, you can put a tealight candle in the circle.
After burning your candle for more than an hour and seeing a wax pan up to the outside edges of your candle, blow out the candle. It is highly recommended to start the burn again to develop the correct burn for your candle. Keep the wick set to 1/4 inch to avoid carbon build-up on the wick (mushrooms, smoking, etc.). Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and drips. A long wick can cause a high flame so the wax flows around the outer edge of the candle into the wick. This wax can cause the wick to come out or even bury the wick with the wax flow. Long or crooked wicks can cause the outside of the candle to melt and allow the melted wax to flow along the side of the candle onto the surface of the one the candle is sitting on.
That happened to me. I lit my 3 wick candle, had it on a nice container, and went to the kitchen to start dinner. The aroma of my candle caught my attention as it got stronger. I went into the front room and found red wax flowing over my coffee table, onto the second shelf, and down into my Berber carpet. This caused such chaos and I couldn't remove all of the wax. I tried every available idea to take out the wax: ironed paper towels over the wax; ironed brown paper bags over this wax pool; several layers of wax scraped from the carpet and still nothing took this wax pool out of my carpet. Yes, there was a lot of wax, but the red color of the wax left a great ugly orange-red color. So my carpet had to be replaced. Please learn from my mistake.
Try to keep the wick centered to promote an even burn. The wick may move during the manufacture of the candle, unless the base of the wick is attached to the bottom of the container, which does not center the wick. When all the wax has liquefied, you can take a butter knife and push the end of the wick toward the center. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Allow your candle to cool before cutting or lighting the wick. Wicks that are cut too short do not generate enough heat to burn your candle properly or can be extinguished by the weld pool. Also keep your candle free from wick trims, matches or other foreign objects that could pose a fire hazard.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep burning candles away from children and pets. Please do not place lit candles so that children, pets or other people can knock them over. Always keep a lit candle in sight, because you never know when a breeze will rise and your sheer curtains will blow into the flame, a child could run through the house and bump on the table holding the candle, a running dog could Knocking over the table or a cat could get up and rub against the candle holder. This can lead to several problems, including a fire.
Please keep burning candles away from furniture, curtains, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. extinguish all candles when you leave a room or before bed. Do not place burning candles near flammable objects. Place your candle you want to burn on a protected, heat-resistant, flat surface.