I’ve always loved candles and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about burning them both before and during my own candle venture! Burning a candle is obviously a very simple task, but learning a few tips and tricks will help you to make the most of your candles. All of these tips apply for the majority of candles, not just Bloom ones!
Trimming the wick:
Trimming candle wicks is one of the main things that most people forget to do/aren’t aware of. A candle wick should always be trimmed to approximately 5mm before the first burn and then before every single burn afterwards. You can trim candle wicks with either scissors or a wick trimmer, these can be purchased quite affordably on the internet, these ones from eBay are under £5. A few of my customers have asked me why their candle jars turn black at the top, this is mainly due to not trimming the wick, when not trimmed the flame is higher than it should be and it causes the top of the jar to become too hot and burn. This rule applies to all jar candles and it will also help to give a more even burn to your candles.
Most candle companies will recommend not to burn their candles for longer than 4 hours at a time. My candles fit within this bracket, I would recommend 3-4 hours maximum burning time, if you want to keep your candle on for longer, blow out the flame, allow it to cool, trim the wick and relight. Following time guidelines will also prevent jars blackening.
Tunnelling is where you don’t burn a candle for long enough so only the centre of it melts, each time you re-burn it after this you will find it tends to burn down the middle leaving the edges solid and therefor giving an uneven burn. Due to the size and formulation of my jar candles they won’t tunnel if burnt for longer than roughly an hour. I’ve always been a fan of Large Yankee Candle candles, but I often experienced the tunnelling issue which would waste a lot of the wax, Yankee recommend a 4 hour burning time for their large jars, but I always found it to be more like 5-6 hours. My tips when burning a jar candle would be to always allow the full layer of wax to become molten, then blow it out. If you don’t think you can be home or around to supervise your candle for however many hours the candle needs, go for a smaller size jar which will burn quicker.
Be safe when burning candles.
To prevent fire or serious injury, burn the candle within sight. Keep out of reach of children or pets and away from draughts and vibrations. Never burn a candle near flammable objects.
Trim wick to 5mm before burning. Keep the candle free from foreign materials/wick trimmings/burnt matches etc. Place candle on a level. fire resistant surface, Do not burn for more than four hours at a time.