Know how to look after your candle
Tips and tricks
Give your Beeswax candle a bit of extra TLC
Before you light a candle make sure that you have enough time to ensure that your candle burns cleanly across the top, burn it one hour for each inch in diameter or until the wax pool extends from edge to edge.
Example - burn a 2″ pillar candle at least 2 hours.
Amazingly wax has a memory, so to avoid whats known as "tunnelling" on the initial candle burn make sure
you let the wax pool reach to the outer edges of the candle before you extinguish the candle.
This can be anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the width of the candle.
Not all wicks are self-trimming.
To ensure an even burn with good flame size with no flickering, trim the wick to 5mm or 1/4inch long, do this when you first light it and throughout the candle’s life.
In general, the smaller candles like tea lights and votives do not need to be trimmed.
A covering of a fine white powder called a bloom is a sign of a pure beeswax candle,
just give it a polish to restore it to a shinny candle.
How to extinguish the flame
Ideally, you should push the wick into the pool of wax and then let it stand up again this coats the wick
ready for the next burn.
Alternatively you can snuff it out using a candle flame extinguisher.
If you blow out a candle this strips the wax from the wick making
the wick harder to re-light.
Wax running down the side
This can be a beautiful cascade of wax and an endearing feature and doesn't have to be fixed, but to
prolong the candles burn time, follow these simple steps.
This is easily fixed by plugging and hugging your candle.
Extinguish your candle, when the candle has cooled and is warm enough to handle you can remould the beeswax, use some of the wax that has escaped and mould it into the hole were the wax is escaping to build up the outer wall.
Flame to tall
If the flame gets too tall and starts to flicker then the wick will need to be trimmed, extinguish the candle as above and re-trim the wick back to 5mm and re-light.
Flame to small
This could be to much wax pool and not enough wick. Extinguish the wick as above and then pour off some of the wax and remove any excess wax and relight the candle.
Burning in a glass container such as a hurricane lamp will increases the heat so the candle will melt faster.
Always burn tea light candles in their containers.
Tea lights are meant to burn continuously until burnt out, usually 3 to 5 hours.