Here are some important burning tips for enjoying your Candle:
Please consider fire safety first! Keep all of your candles stored AWAY from children, pets, or anything that can catch fire easily. Try to avoid cardboard boxes.
Candles should be stored in a cool environment, room temperature or below, if possible. This is to prevent the from softening, bending, or melting altogether. For obvious reasons, jar candles are less sensitive than taper candles, but if you have a basement, that is a great place for them to live when not on display. I wouldn’t recommend freezing your candles because they are very sensitive to extreme temperatures on either side of the thermometer. The wick may also become damaged if frozen because it would have absorbed too much moisture.
When storing any type of candle, avoid a lot of direct sunlight. The darker the place, the better. Not only will they melt in direct sunlight, but the colors and scents will fade faster.
Lighting Your Candle
Always trim your wicks to 1/4 inch before lighting, and never burn for more than 4 hours, otherwise carbon will start to accumulate again. Try buying a wick trimmer to do the job right!
Particularly for their first burn, candles are supposed to burn for at least one hour per inch of container diameter. So, if you bought a new candle that is 3 inches in diameter, you should burn your candle for at least 3 hours (though not more than 4 at a time). Wax has a memory, so you want to burn your candle so the melted wax spreads all the way out to the edge of your container. That way, when you burn your candle the next time, it will remember to melt all the way out to the sides.
Solution: Don't burn for more than 4 hours at a time (or unattended)!
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Safety tip: Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
Extinguishing Your Candle
Another way to extinguish a candle is to put a lid on it. Many candles sold today come in jars with matching lids, so, if you keep the lid, it's ready to use when it's time to put out the flame. Set the lid down on top of the jar, and you don't have to press it down or snap it shut; just set it on top. The lid closes off the candle to any new air, so the flame uses up all the oxygen in its enclosed environment and dies. This method causes very little smoke or smoldering, and any smoke that is emitted when the flame goes out is contained under the lid and not stinking up the room.
If the lid was accidentally thrown away, fear not. Select a dish or plate with a base that's larger than the candle jar's opening and place it on top. Be careful to not not use plastic or a cherished dish that you don't want to mar with soot.
Maximizing Burn Time
Proper Storage: Store candles in cool, dark, dry places to ensure they are not contaminated or harmed when they're not being burned. Taper candles should be stored flat to minimize warping.
Candle Warmers: Using a candle warmer for scented candles will help extend their lifespan significantly and can be safer than an open flame. A candle warmer is also useful for melting down excess wax so it is closer to the wick.
Hugging Pillars: To keep pillar candles burning longer, "hug" the wax around the lip of the candle by bending it closer to the wick as the flame tunnels down the pillar. This will melt the higher wax and increase the candle's burn time.
Snuffers: Use a specialized snuffer candle extinguisher instead of blowing candles out. Careless blowing may splash wax or distribute soot that can lower a candle's burn time.
Substitute Flames: For large jar and pillar candles, it is possible to create a substitute flame. Once the candle has burned a deep enough well, insert a tea light or votive candle into the well instead of continuing to burn the larger candle. Tea lights and votives are less expensive to replace than larger candles.
Wax Scraps: Save scraps of wax from older, unburnable candles to be recycled into new candles if you make homemade candles. Blend complementary colors and scents from leftover candles to create new and unique fragrances to enjoy.