Candle Burning Tips
3" diameter candles or larger, burn for 2 hours the first time and at
least every 3rd or 4th burn to establish a nice "melt pool" and ensure
optimal burning time for the life of your candle. Your candle may
develop a tendency to burn down the middle and not out to the sides if
it is not burned long enough each time. (This is only true for the 3"
and larger diameter).
The 2" diameter is preferred for burning
45 minutes to 4-5 hours at a time. The 3" diameter is designed to be
lit for 3-4 hours or more each time. Choose the diameter candle to suit
your burning preferences.
2" x 4" = Burns approx. 40-50 hrs.
2" x 6" = Burns approx. 70-80 hrs.
2" x 9" = Burns approx. 100-110 hrs
2" x 12" = Burns approx. 130-140 hrs.
3" x 3" = Burns approx. 50-60 hrs.
3" x 6" = Burns approx. 90-100 hrs.
3" x 9" = Burns approx. 130-140 hrs.
Taper Candles (or dinner candles):
burn at least one hour per inch...drip less!!! These candles are both
elegant and charming. They are wonderful for your special dinner or on
your mantle and no more wax spills on the candelabra!
candles are most often used for elegant, romantic lighting for the
dinner table, but are also used often for other candleholders such as
wall sconces, etc. The U.S. standard diameter for a dinner taper is
7/8". This is why you might have a difficult time finding sizes larger
or smaller than 7/8" because most candleholders made in the U.S. are
Drips less Tapers are made with a harder wax shell on
the outside, which helps to contain the liquid wax. Keep in mind, that
the only way a drip less taper will actually not drip is if you burn it
in a location that is free from drafts. A draft will make the flame
move, which will eventually burn on one side of the taper only, causing
it to drip. No matter how much a Taper Company advertises that their
candle is drip less, it actually depends on its environment. For
instance, if your taper candles are located near a window, vent, or
even where people will be walking by it constantly, it will probably
drip. Take note of the flame when you place it in its location. If it
is constantly flickering to one side, then there is a draft present. If
the flame stays straight, then you shouldn't have a problem with the
Non-drip less tapers will drip even if there is
no draft. While they may be cheaper, they will make a puddle of wax
Some taper candles are colored all the way
through, while others are only colored on the outside shell with the
inside being white in color. Once again, this also affects the price.
The better tapers will be colored all the way through.
candles are generally used as centerpieces. Depending on the area it is
being placed, you could use one, or a grouping of different sizes for
the overall effect. You can also add flower rings, gems, stones,
potpourri, etc. Around them to enhance the look. Always place Pillars
on a candle base to protect your furniture from wax and oils.
vary greatly for Pillar candles. The most popular diameter for a Pillar
is 3" and has varying heights. Other sizes are 2 inches, 4 inches, and
6 inches, although there are sizes smaller and larger as well.
people tend to be hesitant about burning pillar candles for fear that
the pillar will drip or burn poorly. Always read the instructions for
the candle prior to burning. Pillar candles are only meant to be burned
for a few hours at a time (depending on the diameter of the pillar). If
you burn them longer than the time instructed, the wax pool will go
beyond the outer shell and cause the liquid wax to leak out the sides.
To prevent dripping, when the wax pool reaches the outer edge (usually
after a few hours), blow it out, allow it to harden, and then relight.
are best for you to burn if you only light your candles a few hours at
a time. If you like to burn your candle all day, you might want to
consider a Jar Candle instead...
votives fit in any standard votive holder and will burn approximately
12-15 hours each. The tea lights are sold in aluminum cups and will
burn about 4-5 hours each. A wonderful alternative to scented or
paraffin candles; they are especially nice for use in aromatherapy
burners where an all-natural product is preferred.
Don't let these little buggers fool ya! They can knock you out with fragrance for such a small size candle!
and foremost, votives must be burned in a votive holder as they turn to
complete liquid while burning. But these little candles can burn for up
to 15 - 18 hours depending on the candle brand, and holder. They are
perfect for testing a fragrance prior to burning a larger, costly
candle. Usually most votives have more fragrance oils added to them,
which gives surprisingly pleasing results. They are perfect for burning
in smaller rooms in the home.
Choosing a proper votive glass is
very important for burning votives. The size of the glass will effect
the burning time, and cleanup afterwards! You want a votive glass that
will fit the votive snuggly so that the wax cannot escape from the
wick/flame. If the votive glass is too wide, the liquid will escape
from the wick, which will cause the flame to be unable to burn all of
that wax that sits on the outer edge of the holder. This means that you
will then have the nasty job of trying to scrape the wax off of the
sides when it is done burning. It also means that all of that wax never
got burned, therefore losing precious burning time. If the votive
holder fits the votive tight, then the flame will be able to burn all
of the wax, leaving only a residue behind, and giving you much more
If you like to change fragrances often, have a
small room to fragrance, or like to spend less money, then a votive
candle is for you!
All floaters are sold tea
light. If you place the tea light inside the floater before it burns
all the way through, you can continue to enjoy your floater by
inserting tea lights periodically.
1 1/2" - burning time: approx. 3 hrs.
2 1/4" - burning time: approx. 4 hrs.
2 3/4" - burning time: approx. 3 1/2 hrs
candles (jar candles, votives in holders, etc.) should be burned 1 hour
for each inch of diameter. This allows the wax pool to cover the entire
surface, and extends the burning time.
candles have dramatically increased in popularity in recent years. This
is perhaps because they are lower in maintenance and tend to "throw"
more fragrance than other types of candles. Since jars tend to be wider
in diameter than most other candles, there is a wider liquid pool of
wax that can "throw" the fragrance. Jar candles have improved in looks
as well over the years due to the increasing number of decorative Jar
Accessories available such as Jar Shades and Bases, Toppers, Huggers,
Chimneys, and Cappers. There are many seasonal designs to spice up a
basic jar candle, which makes burning them a lot of fun!
like to burn a candle for many hours out of the day, then a jar candle
is for you. Jar Candles are the opposite of Pillar Candles. Where you
should only burn a pillar for a few hours at a time, you should burn a
jar candle for many hours longer! This is because you want the liquid
wax pool to reach the glass of the jar. If you only burn a jar candle
for a few hours at a time, you will notice a "well" being formed in the
center of the jar. The wax never gets the opportunity to liquefy to the
outer edge of the jar and all of that wax will then be wasted. You will
know that you are not burning it long enough if you notice a wax wall
around the jar that is not being burned. You lose burning time when the
jar is not burned properly, which also loses money.
people find improvement when they burn their jar with a Capper on top.
These are designed to be used on the jar while it is being burned. They
help the jar burn better due to the patented design, and they also help
to eliminate some of that nasty soot from the paraffin wax found in
It is important that you discontinue use and throw
away the jar candle when there is a 1/2" of wax remaining, as glass may
shatter, or wax may catch fire.
Burning 3 Wick Candles:
Make sure to place candle in large enough holder to catch any melted
wax that may spill over top of candle. If liquid wax melts too close to
the edge, it may begin to run over the edge. A lot of liquid wax
running down the side will melt a v-shape at the top of the candle and
will continue to melt a vertical line down the side. This will make the
candle appear to be cracked. When the liquid has emptied from the top,
the 3 flames will continue to melt wax and continue to run down the
already-eroded melt line onto your container or on top of your table or
onto the floor. To avoid this from happening:
a. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
b. Make sure the candleholder is large enough to contain spilled- over liquid wax.
Care for the flame height by trimming the wick, which will reduce flame
size and thereby decrease the amount of heat, which melts the wax.
2. Candle will burn and melt in this sequence:
a. Three circles around each wick,
b. Three circles join to form a clover effect,
c. Large round pool close to edge of candle.
candle reaches stages "b" or "c" be careful that drafts are not causing
the liquid wax to reach too close to the edge of the candle. If this is
happening, turn candle around. If wax is still getting too close to
edge: extinguish all 3 flames, let candle cool, and re-light at a later
3. General instructions about the flame of your candles:
The wick is designed to trim itself. However, if flame dances up and
down and you see dark soot coming from the flame - the wick is too
long. Extinguish flame and trim wick.
b. When candle is extinguished
the black part of wick is fragile. Sometimes when cleaning or moving,
wick may get broken. This will affect the burning of the candle. When
the wick is too short the liquid level may drown the flame. If this
happens you will need to carefully pour off the liquid wax after you
extinguish the flame. You may need to do this more than once until you
get the proper size flame.
4. Make sure to keep any debris out of candle, such as match parts or trimmed wick.
5. As with ALL candles, NEVER leave a candle burning unattended.
Following the safety rules above should minimize the chances of needing the following instructions:
Wax on Carpet - this procedure may cause stains, if in doubt call in a professional carpet cleaner.
Let harden, then break up and remove as much wax as possible.
Place paper towels on area.
Apply a hot steam iron to wick wax into the paper towels. Protect iron with tin foil.
Repeat as needed.
Check iron for wax residue before using for clothing again.
Wax on Clothing - may cause stains, if in doubt consult a professional.
Let harden, and then remove as much wax as possible.
Pour boiling water through affected area.
Repeat as necessary.
Do not use carpet method on clothes as it could set the candle dye in the fabric.