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How do I properly burn a Pillar Candle?

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | By Honey Candles

Customers often ask: Why does my Beeswax Pillar Candle burn a hole right down the centre and the candle won’t relight? Pillars are one of our most popular items, so we think it’s very important to give you tips on how you can make the most out of your Beeswax Pillar Candle. Don’t burn a Beeswax Pillar Candle for a short period of time. Pillars are designed to burn for long periods of time: at least 3-4 hours each time you light it. If you prefer burning your candle for a shorter time try Candlesticks.

If the flame is too large, it means the wick needs a trim. Extinguish the candle by dunking the wick into the wax pool, trim the wick, straighten and relight.  If a ‘carbon cap’ globule forms on the tip, trim the wick. This Tangerine Beeswax Honey Candles® Pillar is an example of a perfectly burning pillar. The flame is even and the wick is trimmed

Instead of blowing out the candle, dunk the wick into the wax pool and straighten. This ensures an easier relight and prevents the wick from smoking. When you light your candle, light the base of the wick not the tip.

                           Beeswax Pillar Burning             

This candle has a nice mantle after many hours of burning. This way the wax around the wick melts first. If you light the wick at the top the wick can burn away before it draws up any melted wax.

                                     

To Fold or NBeeswax Pillarsot to Fold. If you fold the wax into the wax pool the candle consumes more wax and keeps the flame brighter. I actually enjoy “babysitting” my candle. Leah, our General Manager, prefers to let her candles form a mantle where you can see the light shine through. Even if you decide to leave a mantle don't let it get too deep as it will act as a chimney which means your candle may have to fight to breathe and it will smoke. Fold it a little so the wax melts some and only a short mantle is left. This is important to know. 

Hang on to your candle ends – there are so many uses for beeswax! I like to feed mine into the next pillar I burn as long as the wax is the same color. Just break off tiny bits and feed them into the pool of melted wax of your next new pillar.

We recommend that you do not burn your beeswax pillar in a hurricane lamp or similar enclosed candleholders. They may hold in the heat and the pillar could become soft or melt through the sides and spill wax. The 'chimney' of the hurricane lamp may also encourage your beeswax pillar to smoke. Beeswax candles burn very hot and we don't feel a beeswax pillar is suitable to burn in a hurricane lamp.

Happy burning!

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