The Burning of CandlesGeneral
- Burn candles for at least 1 hour for every 2.5cm in diameter. The wider the candle, the longer it needs to be burned, each time. This ensures larger candles burn across their width and prevents deep craters from forming.
- Avoid draughts, which tend to make candles drip, smoke and burn unevenly. Beware of heating and cooling vents.
- Keep the wick trimmed to 5mm to avoid smoking.
- Remove foreign objects, such as trimmed wick, from the molten wax.
- When extinguishing candles, preferably use a snuffer. To minimise smouldering, gently push the wick into the molten wax, then straighten it again. Remove any carbon balls from the wick and/or trim to 5mm.
- Discard candles once they burn to within 2cm of the bottom.
Always burn votive candles in an appropriate votive holder, as they liquify when burning. Place 1/2 a teaspoon of water in the holder first to aid the removal of wax once the candle is finished.
Taper & Dinner Candles
- If a taper candle is too large for the candleholder, simply place the bottom 2cm in boiling water for 10-15 seconds to soften the wax and then firmly push the candle into the holder.
- If a dinner candle is too small for the candleholder, either wrap aluminium foil (not tissue or paper) around the base of the candle or use a large lump of Blu Tack to hold it steady. Alternatively use specially made foil fasteners.
A note on tealights
When using 9 hour tealights, make sure you take the candle out of the aluminium casing and fill with half a teaspoon of water before lighting. This helps keep the candle wax cool and stops it from flaring.
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Always burn candles in a candleholder or on a heat resistant surface.
Keep candles away from curtains and other flammable materials.
Avoid moving a candle once it has been lit.
NEVER leave children unattended in a room with lit candles.