Not all candles are poured equal. There are so many combinations of wax and wicks that you could spend a lifetime combining them to make big flames, little flames, wax pools, wax tunnels, all sorts of fiery fun! However, that’s not really what we’re going for here. Here, you will learn how to enjoy pure beeswax candles safely and efficiently.
Beeswax melts at a higher temperature than paraffin, approximately 64°C (147°F) compared to 37°C (99°F). In order to keep the fire going, a different-shaped wick is used for each wax. In regards to beeswax candles, there is a different thread count for different diameters, sometimes even for each batch of beeswax.
With any type of hot wax, you want to be very careful in your consideration of candle placement. Remember that little ones may not know that the pretty little light on the table is very hot and has a little pool of molten wax cradled under it’s flame. Make sure to keep candles far away from loved ones, furry loves included!
It’s best to put candles on a heat-resistant surface or dish just in case it gets hotter than you’re expecting! Don’t forget that when it gets low, if there’s glass around it, that will also heat up. The bottom will get hot as well as the top and sides. Remember this if moving hot candles.
Try to pick a candle with a width that works for your time-frame. Example, if you’re leaving the house in a couple of hours, don’t light that giant pillar that you’ve been meaning to burn for ages, it won’t help. It will tunnel a hole in the candle you love. Instead, light it when you’re sitting comfortably for dinner, or afterwards, curled up watching TV. If you’re pressed for time but you want the relaxation, opt for a tealight or thinner diameter candle, like a votive. Try to burn the whole top when you burn. It won’t waste any wax and by burning it longer, you’ll actually make your candle last longer! If you’re a fan of tealights, remember, once they hit a certain level, there’s no point in blowing them out to save for next time. Once the wick is burned so far, there’s not enough cotton left to ‘wick’ up the wax for fuel, you’ll end up leaving wax and burn time behind.
When re-lighting candles, snap the excess wick off with your fingers, making sure not to break it too short, as the melting wax will drown the flame. The balance of wick and wax will determine the flame height. Starting with a large wick and lots of carbon build up may flare up the wick quickly and leave you with a smoldering stub and no glow. Large flame too fast in a glass container might be bad news, too, it’s easy to crack a beautiful glass shade if your candle starts flaring up. If it happens to flare while burning, as in, all of a sudden, your guests are “oh oh“-ing and looking a little antsy, just blow/snuff the flame out calmly (like ‘this happens all the time, chill people,’ but really ‘ohjeezohjeezohjeez.‘) Wet your finger and snap the wick shorter and re-light. Ta-da! Evacuation-free.
Fire safety is understanding and respecting the flame. Understand how it burns and why and be prepared for when it teaches you something new.