Candle Burning Instructions
It’s true that burning candles is something that is very basic, we use candles for over 5000 years, what can be difficult, right?!
People may think that they know everything they need to know about safety until something happens “but I thought..”.
So, I want to go over with you on some questions, and maybe you already know the answer for, or maybe what you know is the opposite, incorrect or inaccurate.
Let’s just brighten on some warning measures you can apply for each time you use candles.
- We recommend burning your candle for 3-4 hours at a time. Allow the melted wax to reach the edges of the jar to prevent wax from building along the sides of the jar and tunneling.
- Never ever leave a candle burning unattended and never leave a candle to burn itself out.
- Never ever leave a candle burning within reach of wind, pets, or small children. You do not want tails and burnt fingers.
- Always burn your candle on a heat-resistant surface.
- Candle jar will be hot after burning, so allow the wax to cool completely before handling or use a heat resistant gloves if you most move it.
- Trim your wick to 1/4“ before and after each burning for best results.
- When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
Where can I place and burn my candle?
Always burn your candle on a heat-resistant surface.
Heat-resistant surfaces are those that do not burn easily or heat up quickly and are made to stand up to warm temperatures. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
You can also buy candle holders or appropriate plates, which are usually made of glass or metal that is heat-resistant. Even if you are not sure the table or surface you are setting the candle on is a heat-resistant, these will provide a safe surface to burn your candle. These can be found in the home décor section of any department store or just google it, And you will probably be able to find a suitable utensils that is already in your home.
Do not burn candles around anything that is flammable or can catch fire, Keep away from furniture, curtains\drapes, bedding and bedspreads, any blanket, pillows or cushions, carpets, wood floor, any fabrics, any clothing, books, papers, magazines, letters and bills, electrical goods, flammable decorations, holiday decorations, wall art with wood frame or made from canvas, pictures, pets, Alcohol! Etc.
It is also important to avoid placing your candle in drafty areas, such as near an open window or close to vents. The wind or air circulation could cause the flame to flicker or “jump,” which can start a fire quickly before you realize it.
Make sure you are placing your candle on a stable surface. Do not put your candle on a floor, an unstable chair, stool, or other objects that could tip over. If your candle could be easily knocked or bumped over, it is unsafe. Make sure that your candle is on a steady, even surface, and heat-resistant.
Yet, where do you can place it? In any safe area, and from where you can monitor the candle while it is burning, and no the candle will not cry if it's damaged or made a fire, keep your eye on it and stay safe.
Can I leave my candle burning all night?
Never leave a candle unattended! ... You should never let a candle burn itself out! Allowing a candle to burn to the very bottom could cause the container to break and the wick to fall out! And if the wick falls onto a flammable surface, you will have a fire in a quick seconds! So the answer is no, don’t leave your candles burning all night.
When should I stop burning my candle?
Candles should not be burned for more than 4 hours at a time. It is highly recommended that after burning for four hours, candles be extinguished, allowed to cool for two hours, and trimmed before relighting.
Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle, This is to prevent the container from exploding or something from burning.
Extinguish your candle when you planning to leave the area where the candles are lit.
Why can't you burn a candle for more than 4 hours?
The main reason is that the jar can overheat and explode from the hot wax and the lit wick that heats it for a long time. and If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to "mushroom" This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container.
How do I know when my candle is done?
When there is approximately 1/2” of wax left in the bottom of your candle it's time to stop burning. It's okay for there to be some wax left over. If you want, you can recycle the remaining wax and use the remaining wax to make a new candle, you will probably need several candles to make a whole new candle.
Is it safe to put a lid on a burning candle?
Well, that depends on the lid. If your lid has a rubber mold around it, there is a danger of the fire burning it. But putting a lid on candles is a method used for hundreds of years.
Extinguishing a candle by putting on a non-flammable lid will work and is safe, but I do not recommend it because it traps the smoke inside once the flame is snuffed out. That smoky smell does mix with the freshly melted wax, which can impact the scent when you decide to light your candle again.
You may consider a different way to extinguish your candle.
How should I extinguish a candle?
There are a few ways to extinguish candles, especially when new ideas become new products for different uses.
The first and easiest way to extinguish candles is something that we all have and usually available for use, just use your mouth and blow on the candle until the flame is completely off, just like blowing out birthday candles or when you trying to blow on a hot soup and please try to prevent hot wax from splattering.
Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
If you want to upgrade your experience or you just don’t have enough air in your lungs, you can use some products that will do the job. You can use a candle snuffer, these are often a bell shaped device with a long handle made of some type of metal. The snuffer is placed over the flame, depriving it of oxygen and putting the candle out. You can use a wick dipper to bend the wick, just dip the lit wick into the melted wax pool, then immediately lift the wick back out, do it with the help of wick dipper, sometimes it can be challenging, but a lot of people like challenges.
Remember, make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
Why do candles stop burning?
This can happen for several reasons, A wind blow the wick, The wick drowned in the wax - this can happen for many reasons, like an unsuitable wick, the wick was too short when lit, the flame was too large which caused the wax to dissolve quickly and drown the wick. Or not enough oxygen to keep the flame burning.
We love you so please follow the simple instruction and stay safe.