Hello, everyone. I've been working on a number of candle tests over the last couple of weeks. Most of the tests have been with wax melts, but today I thought that it may be a good idea to talk about what a properly burning candle looks like.
There are so many differences in flames in a burning candle. How do we know what's right? Well, I'm going to give you 5 tips to burning a candle properly to help you identify what a candle should look like when it's burning properly.
Keep your wick trimmed to ¼" at all times.
This will keep your flame at a decent size and reduce the chances of your wax becoming too hot, which may evaporate your fragrance at a much faster rate, as well as make your wax super hot.
Keep your candle away from drafts when it's burning.
When you see a bouncy flame, it's usually an indication that there's a draft somewhere. Bouncy flames can result in the spread of the flame across the fuel (wax) and cause a fire. So, it's never a good idea to have a drafty room when you're burning a candle.
Make sure that your candle is on a flat, leveled surface.
Again, if a flame attaches itself to fuel it will burn. Once the fuel spills from its container (as a result of tipping or tilting), your flame will spread to create a full fledged fire. Nobody wants that.
Longer Burning Sessions
Your candle sessions should be at least an hour. I would even recommend an hour and a half burn time per session. This is necessary to create a wax pool that will melt your candle down evenly. If you don't let your candle burn long enough with each burn, it will result in tunneling.
You May Have to Snip More
If your candle requires more snipping to keep the flame down, snip carefully. Try to keep your flame from being so high that it begins to smoke a lot from the top. The taller the flame, the less oxygen you have reaching the top, and you'll soon see that black soot that nobody likes. If your wick is ¼" and you see the flame is a bit tall, trim it just a little more, and keep an eye on it. If you still see the soot forming, there may be another culprit.
Take a look at my video where you'll see what a nicely burning candle should look like. This is just one model of what should be happening when your candle is burning properly. If you have questions about your candle burning, please visit us on our Facebook Group. We're happy to help.