All candles need an adequate-sized wick for their first lighting.
Trim wick to approximately ¾” when ready to light. Light straightened wick and set candle in its burning position. Let the burning wick melt wax around the wick. The flame will go low as the wax travels into the wick. Then the wax reaches the flame and the flame will grow to size that which can be supported by the amount of wick present. At this time, trim wick to ½” and leave the candle to burn.
Different candles have different qualities for optimum burning experiences.
Our hand-dipped tapers are the slowest cleanest burning candles we make due to the perfect symmetry of their shape and the density of the wax applied in thin layers. Because our tapers are narrow, they perform well under a variety of conditions. The larger the diameter of a candle, the longer it must burn at each lighting to fulfill the work needed of the wick. Candles must burn one hour per each inch in diameter at each lighting. Our large pillars are optimal for situations with long individual burn times and a need for maximum total hours of burn. However, a 3” diameter pillar will not perform well if it is only lit for under 2+ hours at each lighting. Thus, for satisfactory burning results, it is important to select the appropriate candle for the job.
Our rule of thumb is to burn a molded candle for one hour per inch in diameter. Dipped taper candles perform well with burn times as low as 5-10 minutes.
Keep candles out of direct sunlight.
Keep burning candles out of strong breezes to increase burn time and ensure an even burn.
The use of glass votive cups is essential to get proper burn times from votive candles which do not contain their liquid wax as do other molds. Likewise other candles will benefit from the use of appropriate glass vessels or sleeves which minimize drafts.