3 Tips for Making your Candles Last Longer

Candle Tips
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Trust me I know, you’ve burned candles before, you know how to do it.  I get it, but what if I told you there is a way to get the most out of your candle and of course not burn your house down!  So let’s get started!

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Keep wick trimmed to 1/4″ if you want the best results for your candle!  Having a short wick keeps the flame lower & closer to the wax, which is where you want it.  It’s also a safety precaution because a flame that is too tall can over heat the glass which could cause it to break/shatter/explode or make your jar all black and sooty.  Cutting the wick to low or close to the wax can cause it to extinguish in the wax melt pool.

If you don’t have a wick trimmer, you can use fingernail or toe nail clippers.

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This is the most crucial burn to your new candle.  It is also known as a memory burn.  To prepare for your memory burn know the diameter of your candle.  You need 1 hour of burn time for every inch in diameter that your candle is wide.  Let’s say your candles is 3 inches wide, you will need to burn your candle for at least 3 hours on the first burn.  You want to get a full melt pool, which is where the liquid wax is touching every side of the container.  Your candles wax will retain memory of that.  If you extinguish the candle before it reaches the full melt pool, your candle will continue to burn that way.

So, if on your first burn, you burn a 3″ wide candle and only get an inch wide melt pool before you extinguish it, your candle will continue to burn like that.  It will be unable to reach a full melt pool all the way down to the bottom.  With a full melt pool you will also notice a stronger scent throw.

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3.  Burn Time:

There are 2 reasons why you should follow the warning labels on candles about the burn time.  Burn time should be no more than 3 to 4 hours at a time.

The first reason is the jar could overheat.  This could cause the glass to break, which can cause damage to you and your home.   On average, 22 home candle fires were reported per day according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The second reason is about the scent.  With 3 to 4 hours of burn time the scent should fill your space nicely.  Let’s face it you probably can’t smell it after a couple hours anyway because you have gotten use to the scent, so why waste it.  The hotter the wax burns more of the fragrance oil is being used.  So that means the next time you burn your candle it might not smell as strong.

Remember to follow the warning labels on your candles!

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WARNING!  Follow these instructions carefully to prevent fire hazard or injury:
  • Never allow candle to burn while unattended.
  • Keep out of reach of small children and pets.
  • Allow candle to cool completely before handling.
  • Always burn candles on heat resistant, level surface.
  • Do not burn around flammable materials.
  • Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch. 
  • Keep wax free of any foreign debris.
  • Never burn more than 4 hours at a time. 
  • Keep away from drafts.
  • Discontinue use when only 1/2 inch of wax remains.
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Tiffany Ash is the owner and designer behind Ash Country Boutique.