Candles are must-have home essentials that add warmth and a cozy atmosphere in any home. Whether it's the soft light or the pleasant scent that fills the air, candles have a unique way of setting the mood and making a space feel more warm and welcoming. However, we've all experienced the frustration of a candle that just won't stay lit. For those looking to avoid this common candle problem, there are a few simple tips and tricks that can help ensure your candles stay lit for longer period of time.
1. Wick Is Too Long or Too Short
The wick serves as the conduit for the melted wax to be drawn up to the flame, where it vaporizes and combusts to produce light. The optimal wick length ensures a balanced flow of wax, maintaining a flame that is neither too weak nor too overpowering. Both extremes can lead to issues that compromise the overall burning experience. A long wick can lead to uneven burning, while a short one may extinguish itself prematurely. Finding the right wick length is key to a consistent flame.
Trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before lighting. This ensures a controlled and balanced flame, allowing for an even wax pool and a longer, more efficient burn. As your candle burns, the wick may naturally become longer. To maintain optimal performance, trim the wick as needed.
- Uneven burning
- Premature extinguishing
2. Wax Pool Doesn't Reach The Edge
Picture a candle burning down the center, leaving untouched wax along the edges and causing the wick to drown. This common issue, known as tunneling, occurs when a candle is not given the opportunity to establish a wide and even wax pool during its initial burn. The outer edges of the candle become unreachable, and subsequent burns only deepen the tunnel.
Allow the entire surface to become liquid wax during the first burn to prevent tunneling and ensure an even burn in subsequent uses. If the tunneling issue persists, creating a foil collar or using a candle warmer can easily fix the problem.
- Create a full wax melt pool
- Create a foil collar
Gently fold the aluminum foil into a strip that is tall enough to extend above the candle's height and wide enough to encircle the candle with a slight overlap. Place the foil collar around the candle, leaving the top open. Once the foil collar is securely in place, light the candle. As it burns, the foil collar will help trap and direct the heat towards the edges of the candle, encouraging the wax to melt more evenly.
- Use a candle warmer
Simply place the candle on the candle warmer and turn on to begin melting the wax. The heat from the warmer will melt the wax around the edges and fill in the tunnel. Be patient and allow enough time for the entire top layer of the candle to become a liquid pool. This make take a few hours, depending on the size of the candle and the extent of the tunneling. Once the tunneling is addressed, allow it to cool and solidify and trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before relighting the candle.
3. Candle Won't Light After Blowing Out The Flame
- Use candle snuffer
- Use a wick dipper
By addressing factors such as wick length, wax pool formation, and proper extinguishing techniques, you take crucial steps in enhancing the longevity and performance of your candles. Implement these tips into your candle-care routine, and say goodbye to the frustration of candles that won't stay lit. The next time you light a candle, let it be a mindful moment, knowing that you've optimized the conditions for a perfect, uninterrupted burn!
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