Posted on: 24 June 2021
Beeswax candles are beloved for their clean-burning nature and their natural scent. However, they do require a little finesse in order to burn easily. Once you learn the tricks, burning a beeswax candle evenly will be second-nature, but there can be a bit of a learning curve when you first get started. Here are the main tips to follow in order to ensure your beeswax candles burn evenly.
Trim the wicks
When you first buy a beeswax candle, the wick is sometimes longer than it needs to be. If you just light the long wick, the flame will grow too large and may melt wax further from the center of the candle than is ideal. So, always start by trimming the wick back to 1/4 inch before you light it. After your first burning session, there should be no need to trim the wick again.
Light all of the wicks
If the candle has more than one wick, light them all. You may figure you'll save wax by only lighting one at a time, but all you'll do is end up with an unevenly burned candle that you can't use up properly.
Keep the candle away from air currents
If you light a beeswax candle in front of air currents, most of the heat will be blown to one side of the candle, and it will burn unevenly. So, you should always place your candle away from any windows, doors, air vents, or other sources of drafts.
Hug the candle in after burning
Assuming you are burning a pillar candle, which is the most common type of beeswax candle, you should always hug the candle in after burning. This just means you use your hands to gently press the top, outside parts of the candle inward. Do this gently and slowly. It will help the candle burn evenly next time.
Use an extinguisher
Don't blow your beeswax candles out. Blowing can displace some of the liquid wax, leading to an uneven next burn. Always use an extinguisher to put out your candle. They look like little, upside-down bowls on sticks. You use them by just placing one over the flame until it goes out.
If you follow the tips above, your beeswax candles should burn more evenly, which will mean you get more out of them. Beeswax candles can be lovely, but you do have to pay close attention and treat them with care.Share