As every candle maker knows testing is a boring but essential part of the candle making process. Every candle jar and scent needs to be tested to check the burning process (This is especially tricky when we do new candles every month). We tell you the most important steps to follow are
- TRIM YOUR WICK
- ONLY BURN BETWEEN 2-4 HOURS ON A HEAT PROOF SURFACE
- RECENTRE YOUR WICKS BEFORE THE WAX RESETS
- DISCONTINUE USE WHEN THERE IS 1cm OF WAX REMAINING
- ALWAYS BURN WITHIN SIGHT AND AWAY FROM PETS, CHILDREN, DRAUGHTS AND ANYTHING THAT COULD CATCH FIRE
Candle warnings are important.
These are the reasons WHY
During the candle burn the flame will create a carbon build up at the end of the wick. This is where you will sometimes see a black ball form at the end of the wick.
When you don’t trim off this carbon ball and you relight your candle you may see or hear your wick crackle, pop and cause an un-controlled larger flame. This pop or explosion of the carbon can be a huge concern as it holds a lot of heat. It can jump out of the container and start a fire or as the carbon ball gets bigger and heavier it will double over on itself, doubling the size of your wick
This will super heat the wax and could cause what we call a secondary ignition. This is seriously dangerous and could quickly heat your jar and cause the glass to crack or even explode, sending hot wax everywhere. This could result in serious injury, damage or fire.
This is why we always stress to
TRIM YOUR WICK – to 5mm before every burn
ONLY BURN BETWEEN 2-3 HOURS ON A HEAT PROOF SURFACE – to ensure you keep your furniture safe from the heat of a candle and to stop an overheating of your candle glass by burning the candle for too long.
RE-CENTRE YOUR WICKS BEFORE THE WAX RESETS – this is so the wick doesn’t move or aim towards the side of the jar and heat the glass causing it to break or shatter
DISCONTINUE USE WHEN THERE IS 1cm OF WAX REMAINING – The base part of your candle is when the jar is at the hottest. The flames are burning within the jar and creating extra heat. By stopping the burn before it gets too low, it limits the chance of the jar becoming too hot and causing it to break or shatter
ALWAYS BURN WITHIN SIGHT AND AWAY FROM PETS, CHILDREN, DRAUGHTS AND ANYTHING THAT COULD CATCH FIRE – Never leave your candle unattended, make sure you are limiting the dangers around where it is burnt.