Get The Most From Your Candles

November 5, 2018

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Something as simple as lighting a candle seems straightforward. But alias, candle experts offer some guidance in selecting candles and why three wicks are better than one. Candles burn roughly five to seven hours per ounce, so the bigger candles do burn longer, as long as they have multiple wicks. Three wicks will actually extend the life of a candle because rather than tunneling straight down the center of the candle when lit with one wick, the wax gets hot enough from the three flames to actually pool across the entire candle. This way, you're using every bit of wax in the vessel as you burn it. As for the type of wax, soy with an essential oil-based fragrance will give you the cleanest burn. Waxes with a little food-grade paraffin wax will cause the candle to burn hotter to melt at all, which leads to a longer, cleaner and more even burn that's going to make the fragrance as strong as possible. While you probably trimmed the wick to 1/4 inch from the wax when you first bought it, apparently we should be trimming the wick every time before lighting.  This prevents the candle from smoking a lot and creating soot marks on your container. If you want your candle to burn evenly and last as long as possible, you have to light it for about three to four hours the first time you burn it. Wax has, what same say, a muscle memory and it's going to burn in the same pattern every time. So if you light it for long enough the first time, that will ensure that your candle pools completely across all of the wax, setting it up to continue to do so with each subsequent burn. If you do have a candle that burned unevenly, you can try a couple of tricks.  Use a hair dryer on low to even out the wax surface or pop the candle in an oven at 175 degrees for about five minutes. These two actions will melt the wax, so that it's smooth and level across the top again. Scoop out any wax that flows over the wick.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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