Beeswax Candle Maintenance

Posted by King of Sting on 7/7/2016 to Candle Burning

How do I properly burn a Pillar candle?

Pillar Candles must be burned on a heat and flame resistant plate or inside a container specifically designed to burn pillar candles. Before lighting your Pillar Candle, trim the wick to ¼” long. For full wax consumption, let a wax pool form to the outer edge of the candle by allowing the pillar to burn for at least 4 hours each time you light it. Burning  the candle for at least 4 hours will prevent your Beeswax Pillar Candle from burning a hole  down the center. As the Pillar burns down, you can fold the edges into the wax pool for an even burn.  

When extinguishing the candle, dip the wick into the wax pool. Our Wick Dippers work great for this purpose.

How do I properly burn natural beeswax Taper Candles (Candlesticks)?

Taper Candles should tight in a secure taper candle (candlestick) holder. Taper candle wicks should be trimmed to a 1/2 inch.  If the wick is cut too short, wax may drip over the edge of the taper. There should be a slight curve to the wick when your taper candle is burning.  If a carbon (build up that resembles a little black mushroom) develops on the tip of the wick, extinguish the candle, trim the wick, and relight. Normally natural beeswax candles are drip less, however all candles are sensitive to drafts and therefore should be kept out of drafty areas. When a candle flame is exposed to a draft, it may start to flicker. If your candle drips, extinguish, remove the candle from the draft and relight.  Forced air furnaces, ceiling fans and quick movements around the candle all create draft. 

Extinguish the flame of your candle before it comes in contact with your holder as the heat may crack glass holders.