Want to know how to get the best burn out of your candle? You've come to the right place! Here are some tips to get the most out of your burn.
1. Center the Wick
When you first receive your candle, the wick will be centered and trimmed perfectly. The goal is to achieve an even burn to the outer parts of the jar. Sometimes the wick can stray away from the center as it's being burned in the warm wax, causing an uneven burn. To center the wick again, use the back of a spoon to push the wick into the center after it is extinguished and the wax is still liquid.
2. Trim the Wick
After your wick is centered, it's crucial to keep it trimmed before you light it every single time. The ideal length is 1/4 inch to ensure an even burn and reduce the amount of soot. Having an untrimmed wick can cause an uneven wax pool and decrease burn time. Both wick trimmers and scissors work for maintaining the wick length.
3. Clean Wax Pool
The wax pool is the area around the wick that melts as the flame burns. This area should always be free of wick trimmings and debris from the burn. This debris could potentially reignite and cause a safety hazard.
Keep your candle away from any drafts. Any unnecessary air flow around the flame causes extra soot and an uneven burn.
Always burn your candle 1-4 hours at a time. The melted wax pool should reach the entire area of the circle around the jar before the flame is extinguished.
If your candle flame is repeatedly smoking, flickering and releasing large amounts of soot, the wick is too high and needs to be trimmed. Extinguish the candle and relight after the wick is centered and trimmed.