happy candles last long
We’ve crafted candles that last long, now here’s where you come in. Don’t worry, we’ve kept it simple. Basically, there are two essential rules to follow.
Rule 1 -
Trim. Your. Wick.
Rule 2 -
Keep Candle Lit Until Wax Melts Across the Top.
1. Trimming Your Wick
An absolutely essential and often forgot step of candle care.
What to do
Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 1/4” or 5mm. Wood Wicks should be trimmed to 1/8” or 3mm.
Wick Trimmers are shaped in such a way to trim wicks in tall candle jars, but we over here just use nail trimmers.
Don’t trim the wick until the candle has cooled and the wax and wick have hardened.
Why it Helps
Having a short wick prevents the candle from burning too hot (shortening the life of your candle by melting the wax too fast…or burning your house down).
A wick that is too long may not stay lit because the flame is too far away from the wax to pull it up.
If you don’t trim the wick or trim when it is warm, the wick will curl and be swallowed by wax, ending your candle’s life.
2. Burning for a full melt pool
The insider tip, the life hack, the melt pool.
What to do
Your candle should stay lit long enough for the wax to melt all the way to the edges of the candle.
This can take about 2-4 hours.
Burn on a flat surface in a draft free space. If the candle is burning unevenly, rotate it - not all surfaces are perfectly flat.
Each subsequent burn should also last long enough for the wax to melt to the edges.
Why it Helps
Wax has a memory (aww!). If it does not burn to the edges of the container, wax “remembers” this and the next time you light it, it will match that same melt. This causes tunneling, when a candle melts only the wax in the middle of the candle and leaves the edges un-melted.
tunneling, shown here, occurs when candle is not lit for long enough periods of time.
Wood Wick Candle Care
Most wood wick problems come from having too long of a wick. Unlike cotton wick candles that should be trimmed to 1/4", wood wicks need to be trimmed to 1/8". The shorter the wick, the better the flame.
If the wick is too long, it won't pull the wax and will extinguish quickly.
A long wick can also create too large of a flame, creating soot on your candle and a dangerously hot flame.