Candle Burning Tips from South River Candle Co.

Posted by South River Candle Co. on 5/18/2016 to News
Candles are a great mini investment for relaxing and setting moods. A quality candle should be fragrant for it's entire burn time. Your candle should not smoke nor should the wax tunnel. That is just unused fragrance and wax that is being wasted, besides being very unattractive. The following tips are to help you avoid those common problems and get the best results from your jar and tumbler candles. 

1. The first time you light your candle you should not see smoke and soot. If this occurs, extinguish the flame and trim the wick slightly. Never trim wick below 1/4 inch. **Do trim your wick as needed during the life of your candle.

2. To avoid tunneling, allow the candle to burn until the wax melts and pools evenly along the entire surface, edge to edge. The entire top should be liquid. This is very important on the first burn. **Rule of thumb is about an hour per inch of surface wax. Example, 3" diameter candle will need about 3 hours for entire surface to be liquid. 

3. After your initial use, it is recommended you do not burn your candle more than 4 hours per day. This will increase carbon deposits. The wick may mushroom creating soot and smoke leaving debris in your wax.

We hope our tips help you get more enjoyment out of your candles. 



Dawn K.
Date: 5/18/2016
I didn't know I was supposed to let the top of the candle "pool" the first time I lit it!!! Thanks for this info will do this next time I light a new candle.
Date: 5/18/2016
All of these tips are news to me! Great to know, and thanks for the info!

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