The Right Way to Burn a Candle
We're all about jamming to some 'Burning Down the House' while staying busy hand pouring these small-batch candles but, obviously, don't want you to encounter any mishaps with your finished product. So we've compiled a few tips to go along with the info found on your candle's Burning Instructions/Warning label to ensure you get the best experience and most life out of your new purchase.
The first time you light your candle, allow it to burn long enough for the melt pool (the melted wax around the flame) to reach all edges of the container. This helps ensure that the wax burns evenly preventing tunneling on subsequent lightings.
The wicks of candles are designed to stay straight but it's possible for them to get off-center, especially if they're blown on forcefully to extinguish the flame. If you notice this happening, you can use a NON-FLAMMABLE item (like a metal knife) to gently center the wick again after a melt pool has developed.
Speaking of wicks, that black, crusty mushroom-looking thing on the top? Yeah...cut that off each time (and properly dispose of it) before you light your candle again. Failure to do this can cause unnecessary smoke, soot build-up on your candle container, and can also cause the flame to get too big- which can lead to the container getting too hot. We don't want any of that.
Everything in your candle is specifically designed for candle making. So it's important to never add anything to it like glitter, crayon shavings to create color, essential oils, or dried herbs or flowers. These things can cause the candle to burn improperly, or worse, could create a fire hazard or toxic fumes. Just don't do it.
And last, but not least, it's never a bad idea to use a ceramic tile or something similar to set candles on while they're lit. Heat generated through the bottom of the container (especially toward the end of the candle's life) can potentially leave permanent marks on wooden surfaces. No one wants their furniture getting messed up.
Follow these tips and you're sure to have a great and safe experience with your candles. Enjoy!