Get more life out of your candle and create the perfect burning candle with these three great tips.
The most crucial burn to your new candle and to create the perfect burning candle is its first one especially if you want to create the perfect burning candle. So at the first burn it is important to establish the candle wax memory and have your candle wick trimmed properly. Not only is it important to establish a good candle wax memory and having good wick trimming habits to create the perfect burning candle, it's just as important to not burn your candle for too long. Following these 3 tips will ensure you create the perfect burning candle every time you light your candle.
When someone talks about a candle wax memory, they are referring to how a candle burns and how the wax melts after it is lit for the first time. The first burn creates a pattern or “memory” for each burn after that first time you lit your candle. The initial burn is the one that is most vital to a create a complete melt pool. And, even more importantly a memory burn in the candle is the one that sets the boundaries and scent throw for every burn after that. So your candle memory burn is of utter most importance to create the perfect burning candle.
So how can you make a good memory burn to create the perfect burning candle? All candle waxes retain a memory and you need to have a full melt pool where the liquid wax is touching every side of the container, the candle has to have a memory of that. For example, if the first time you burn a 4” wide candle, and only burn a 2 inch wide melt pool then you extinguish your candle, you have already reserved your candle memory. The melt pool will follow the borderline already established from the memory burn and will only ever reach 2 inches wide each time your candle is lit interrupting your task to create the perfect burning candle. If you burn a candle for too little time, especially the first time, you will get that annoying tunneling effect where you will accumulate this leftover wax on the sides of the container and you end up wasting your candle. Candle wax memory isn't the only important thing to keep in mind if you want to create the perfect burning candle every time.
Your wick trimming habits are also important to create the perfect burning candle. Each time you light your candle you should trim your candle wick if you wish to create the perfect burning candle. Make sure that you trim the wick no longer than ¼” high. Be careful not to cut your wick too low, this is a sure way to drown your wick out in the melted wax and ruining your chances to create the perfect burning candle. This is key to remember each time that you light your candle. Remembering this simple step each time will reduce the amount of soot and smoking that comes from your candle. Candles can also produce soot and smoke because they have been lit for too long.
Just like candle memory burn and good wick trimming habits are needed to create the perfect burning candle, so it the amount of time you burn your candle. You should never burn for more than 4 hours, otherwise carbon will start to accumulate around the jar. When you light a candle for too long your wick will "mushroom" or develop carbon buildup. This is the result of the candle consuming more wax than it can burn. Lighting a "mushroom" can lead a wick to crackle and pop and release soot into the air and onto your candle container. If you should happen to burn your candle too long, use a candle snuffer to snuff out the flame. Once your candle has cooled, use wick trimmers to cut your wick to ¼” high. Be sure to clean any debris left from trimmings before you light your candle again.
Now that you know these 3 special tips to ensure you create the perfect burning candle, your candles will always burn evenly without unsightly black soot on the sides of your candle jars. Find your next perfect burning candle in our online store.