What is the 'Art' to burning a candle?

Few things are as captivating as the soft light and the glow of a candle. Even a candle has a science to it...there is actually an art to burning a candle properly and safely. You can generally tell if a candle is burning properly just by looking at it:

·         Having steady, calm flames means that the candle’s burning process is in balance. The wick is efficiently pulling up the right amount of wax, which is then being “consumed” by the flame to product water vapor and carbon dioxide.  

·         Consistent flickering or smoking  happens when the teardrop shape of the flame is interrupted, allowing unburned carbon particles (soot) to escape... making what candle experts call ‘whisps of smoke’. It can be as simple as avoiding drafts, vents, air currents, and burn the candle in a well-ventilated room.

·         Candles with wicks that are too-long can make a candle flame grow too long and flare. Keep your candle wicks trimmed to ¼” before every use and you will avoid Flare Ups and  Leaping Flames.We repeat over and over to consumers the ‘Safety of Candle Burning’... it is very easy to have a tragic accident happen in just minutes as fire can change everyone’s life in a single strike.  A lighted candle is an open flame. Follow basic rules of fire safety, your life or someone else’s could depend on it. 

      Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

Never leave a burning candle unattended. Always keep it in your sight.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that may catch fire (curtains, cabinets, bedding, etc.)

Always use an appropriate candleholder and place it on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

Read the label and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully.

Trim the wick to ¼ inch before each use.

Burn your candles in a well-ventilated room, but away from drafts and air currents.

Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Extinguish any candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. Cool, trim the wick, check for drafts, and re-light.

Don’t allow the flame to come too close to the holder or container.

For a margin of safety, discontinue using a candle when it is within 2 inches of the holder or ½ inch of the container bottom.

Never move a lighted candle, and never move a votive or container when the wax is liquid.

Extinguish a pillar candle if the wax pool approaches the outer edge.

      Place lighted candles at least 3 inches apart. 

Candles have come a long way since their initial use. Although no longer man's major source of light, they continue to grow in popularity and use. Today, candles symbolize celebration, mark of romance, soothe the senses, define ceremony, and accent home decors - casting a warm and lovely glow for all to enjoy. The messy bees wax candles that are permanent when spilled or even the paraffin wax candle that produces black petro-carbon soot... you have to really take a look at what is important to you. Soybean wax is natural, biodegradable, eco-friendly, burns 50% longer than any other wax, and has NO HARMFUL PETROLEUM BASED CARBON SOOT to stick in your lungs or become that impossible spot on the wall you can't paint over. Would you run a gasoline engine in your living room? Burning Paraffin candles is pretty close to the same thing. 

When buying candles always make sure the labels on the candles reflect the law of fire safety and have the company's contact information on the label. When looking for the right candle for you, consider using a candle that is natural soy and made with cotton or hemp wicks and not zinc or lead wicks, this will also eliminate soot as well. 


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