Don’t you just love a candle that burns evenly all the way down? Our candles are sure to burn evenly and smell incredible all the way down to the bottom, but there are ways that you can improve the burn time and how successfully your candles burn. Follow these tips to ensure that your candles last for as long as possible and burn really evenly:
1. Place your candle on a level and stable surface
It sounds rather daft, but burning your candle on a stable, level and hard surface will ensure that the melted wax will not tilt to one side, causing your candle to ‘tunnel’ on the next burn. The wax will melt evenly across the entire candle.
2. It is very important to keep your candle out of draughts when burning
Draughts will cause the flame to blow over to one side, which will cause the wax to burn unevenly on the top of your candle. Make sure that your candle is in a sheltered place once lit.
3. Trim the wick
This is probably the most important tip to remember! Always, always trim your wick after your candle has cooled following a burn. Trimming your wick ensures that there is no excess debris that could cause your candle to burn unevenly. It is also really important from a safety point of view because not trimming your wick can cause the top of it to ‘mushroom’ which will make the flame really big and will emit black smoke and soot. We recommend trimming it down to about ¼ of an inch but ONLY WHEN COOL!
4. Only burn your candle for 4 hours maximum at any one time
We recommend that you do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours because this can cause the wick to move. If the wick moves off-centre then this will cause your candle to burn unevenly on your next burn.
5. Make sure that the initial burn is for at least 3 hours
We recommend the first burn should be for at least 3 hours to enable the wax to melt evenly. You should also ensure that the wax has melted all the way across the entire candle each time you burn it. If the wax has not melted evenly across the top of the candle, then this will cause your candle to ‘tunnel’ where you get lots of excess wax around the sides of the candle container.
6. Don’t blow out your candle, use a snuffer!
Blowing the flame of the candle can cause the wick to move in the molten wax, which may cause tunnelling with your next burn. It is also much safer to use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame.
7. Cover the candle when not in use
Cover the candle when not is use to prevent debris from getting in. These foreign objects can act as a secondary wick which will cause the wax to burn faster and unevenly in places.
8. Always allow the candle to cool before relighting
Never light a candle soon after it has been extinguished. Allow the wax to fully harden around the wick before relighting. This will allow the wick to stay in position, and means that you can trim your wick before lighting again.
Follow these tips to ensure that you get the most out of your candle! We hope that this helps you and that you find these tips useful. Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to know below.