Burning Tips for Pillar Candles

For best results and to ensure you get the most out of your Pillar Candle it is necessary to burn or melt the candle to it’s edges.  The liquid, melted wax needs to span the full diameter of the candle.  This is because candles develop a ‘burn memory’  which means that on each subsequent burning the candle will not go beyond it’s initial ‘melt-pool’.  Instead it will form a ‘well’ or ‘tunnel’ in the center of the candle, and eventually drown in a pool of melted wax that collects there.

So in practice, this means that the first time you use your new candle, you should burn it for at least 2 hours, for a 2 inch candle, 3 hours for a 3 inch candle and 4 hours for a 4 inch candle – allowing the wax to melt evenly across the surface.

Never burn a scented candle for more than 4 hours.  After 4 hours, extinguish the flame and allow to cool. Trim the wick (if necessary), whilst it is still warm.  Once the candle has cooled, it may then be re-lit.

If a candle is smoking or the flame is too large it means the wick needs trimming. Extinguish the candle, trim the wick to 5mm or 1/8 inch, remove any carbon from the wax pool, then relight the candle.

Never trim a wick when it is cold. Cold, charred wicks are brittle and can break off at the wax surface which will leave nothing to relight.

Pillar candles should always be burnt on a candle holder or plate as well as a heat resistant surface.

Use the pillar candle for candlelight until it is approximately one inch tall. Burning any pillar candle down further than this point can be a fire hazard.