Prior to burning the candle and soon after extinguishing it, trim the wick to ¼” long. For taper candles, the wick can be trimmed to ½” long. The best way to put out the candle is to submerge the wick into the melted wax by using the adequate tools such as candle extinguisher or snuffer and lift the wick up straight immediately thereafter. If the wick is flickering while the candle is burning, the wick is too big or has small particles in it. In that case the flame must be extinguished to trim the wick to the appropriate size.
Beeswax candles burn much differently than other candles. In an effort to avoid tunneling, thick wall forming, and improper burning, the general rule is to burn the candle roughly one hour per inch in diameter. If the candle is 3” in diameter, burn it for a minimum three hours at the time. Due to its heavy density, it is recommended to “hug” the candle from time to time by massaging the edges of the candle towards the center either while the candle is still burning, or soon after it is extinguished. The edges are hot, so ensure careful care to avoid getting hurt or burned.
If for any reason the candle tunneling is the preferred method of burning (soothing glow effect which is absolutely stunning), avoid hugging.
The beeswax candles come in various shapes and sizes and all of them must use the correct plate or holder. Using the right fitting holder for the candle helps with proper burning. For example:
• Votive candles need to be burned in the right sized votive holder as these candles are made to melt without forming the wax pool. If the holder is too large, the wax will spill. Most commercially available votive holders are standard in size and should fit standard size votive candles.
• Taper candles must be fit tight and straight into the secured and leveled holder. If the taper candle is dripping, the wick may be too short for the amount of melted wax pool, or if during the extinguishing the wick touches the side of the candle, it may have caused an uneven or weak wall resulting in dripping.
• DO NOT use hurricane glass or any tall walled glass containers or holders for beeswax pillar candles. It is not suitable for these candles and can result in fast burning wick, smoking wick, and candle spill and damage.
• For unique candles such as pumpkin, an owl, and others, use the plate or fire and heat resistant surface. These types of candles require additional precaution.
• Tin container candles need to be placed on a heat and fire-resistant surface. Tin container gets hot. Proper care is required. Follow general rules for safety.
To prevent fire and serious injury: Burn the candle within sight. Keep away from drafts and vibrations. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Never burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire. Remove all the tags, labels, and decorative materials from the candle prior to burning.
Trim wick to ¼ inch before lightening. Keep candles free of any foreign materials including matches and wick trimmings. Only burn the candle on a level, fire-resistant surface. Do not burn the candle for more than 4 hours at a time.