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Candle Burning Tips


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Never leave any candle burning unattended. A spark from the wick of the candle could ignite a fire on something nearby like furniture, paper, drapes, etc.

Candles In Containers

  1. Never allow the flame to come into contact with the container.
  2. If the container becomes blackened during burning, extinguish the flame and clean the container with a dry paper towel. To prevent this blackening keep the wick trimmed to 1/4inch while burning.
  3. Discontinue using the candle when 1/2inch of wax is left in the container.

Votive Candles

  1. Before using a votive candle always remove any paper label from the bottom of the candle prior to use.
  2. Votive candles are designed to liquefy during burning and must be used in the appropriate sized container. The container size should be a close match to size of the votive candle. If the container you use is too large the wax will liquefy and fill the container, resulting in excess wax remaining even when the wick is completely consumed.
  3. Votive candles burned free standing will drip.
  4. Add 1/8inch of water to container before first use to lessen the possibility of the container breaking. Plus this will make it easier to clean the container when you are finished with the candle.
  5. Always remove metal tabs from the bottom of the container before using another candle in the container.
  6. Keep the wax pool free of foreign matter that may cause a fire hazard.
  7. If the flame seems to small and is drowning in the wax, extinguish the wick. Using a pot holder to hold the container pour the excess melted wax onto a very damp paper towel or into a lined waste basket.

Pillar Candles

  1. Pillar candles should always be placed on an appropriate size container and a non-combustible surface while burning.
  2. Most pillar candles need to be burned at least 6 hours at first to insure even melting of the wax.

Taper Candles

  1. Make sure your candles are firmly in place in the holders and upright, not leaning to the side.
  2. When relighting a partially used candle never straighten the wick.
  3. Drafts, excessive vibrations and nearby heat sources may encourage the candle to drip and should be avoided.
  4. Candles may drip when burned inside candle lamps because of the degree of heat which can develop inside the glass globe. To prevent this, raise the glass globe slightly before lighting the candle, and place a penny underneath it to insure proper ventilation for the candle.
  5. Wooden taper candle holders should have a metal socket inside them to prevent the wood from igniting and burning.
  6. The wider a taper candle is the less likely it is to drip because of the wider profile.

All types of candles in a container or not

  1. Keep the candle wick trimmed to 1/4inch and centered. Never trim the wick while the candle wick is burning. Always extinguish the flame and wait for the wick to cool down before trimming the wick.
  2. Remember small animals and children should never be left alone with a burning candle. A burning candle may be a curiosity to a dog or cat, who may knock it over causing a fire.
  3. Never lay a fragranced or colored candle directly on furnishings as this can cause damage to furnishings.
  4. Always burn candles on a heat resistant, non-combustible surface, placed on or in an appropriate sized holder. Other than candles that already come in containers, such as jar or tin candles, all candles are subject to dripping and guttering.
  5. Burning a candle in a draft can cause smoke which can over time damage home decor.
  6. Extinguish candles with a snuffer. If none are available, gently blow the flame out. Do not use water! In the case of jar or tin candles, never place the lid over the candle container while the wick is still burning!
  7. If an off center flame is causing the candle to burn unevenly simply move the extinguished wick towards the center with a metal object, like an old spoon, while the wax is still soft.
  8. Burning candles close to each other at the same time will affect the burn time and quality because of the heat generated by the candles proximity to each other.
  9. Containers will become hot. Handle with care.
  10. Candles are not edible, even if they do smell like food!
  11. Never leave uncovered candles outside. Especially if burning. If water gets mixed in with the wax, the wax can explode when reignited causing wax to splatter resulting in personal injury.

Cleaning the Container

  1. When your candle is consumed and you need to get it out of the container and clean the container follow these easy steps.
  2. Wait for the candle to cool down. The wick should be cool to the touch.
  3. Run warm tap water into a bucket or sink until you have about 1/2inch of warm water. In the case of large containers the water should be approximately ½ inch below the top of the left over wax.
  4. Rest the container, upright, in the water for a few minutes.
  5. The left over wax should now be pliable enough to get out of the container with an old dull table knife.
  6. Dispose of the spent wax as you normally would.
  7. Clean the container.
  8. Now you can reuse the container.

Credits, Notices and Notes

Based on information provided by A. I. Root Candles, Medina, Ohio 44256.

Last revised on 7/15/2000.

Pagan Presence Inc. and its employees are not responsible for the personal injury or loss and/or loss of property due to misuse of candles and/or negligence during the use of candles by anyone. If you are unsure of any aspect of candle burning consult your local fire department for advice and tips on the safe use and care of candles. Pagan Presence Inc. and its employees encourage the safe use and disposal of candles.

Partially used candles are not returnable for a full or partial refund for any reason.

Prices and product availability are subject to change without notice.

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