How To Properly Burn A Candle

The first time you light a candle you should allow it to get to its full melt pool before extinguishing it. Wax has a memory so if you only burn it allowing only little ring of puddle, that ring will only continue to get deeper and deeper every time you light it, causing the “tunneling” effect. Keep in mind however, poorly made candles may “tunnel” down no matter how much you baby it. Rule of thumb is burning a candle 1 hour for every inch of the diameter of the candle container. This amount of time should give you the full melt pool. For instance the Mel’s Smells 8 oz jar is 2.75″ in diameter, meaning to achieve a full melt pool should take up to  2 hrs and 45 mins and the 16 oz jar should take up to 4 hours.

What is a full melt pool? If you look at the picture below the liquid melted wax created during burning is called the “melt pool”. This pool should go across the diameter of the jar and should be no less than 1″ deep.

Don’t get alarmed if your Mel’s Smells candle reaches full melt pool before the allotted amount of time!

Are you a “Power Burner”?
I confess I am and most of the people I know are. A “Power Burner” is someone who burns a candle for longer than 5-6 hours, pretty much all day. Although “power burning” is not recommended, there are some things you need to do to stay safe.

  • First and foremost, TRIM YOUR WICKS! Mel’s Smells wicks are made to trim themselves as they burn, HOWEVER it’s not always the case. Leaving the wick too long during a burn can create soot from the wick. Soy doesn’t produce soot, but leaving untrimmed wicks can produce that black nastiness.
  • Secondly if you are going to power burn, DO NOT USE A CANDLE SHADE OR PLACE CANDLE IN ANOTHER CONTAINER. It’s best to leave your candle jar free standing or even better from a hanger like in picture above. Candle shades encourage heat from the flame to be focused in one area creating the candle to burn hotter and more even. So where the manufacture failed at wicking properly, the candle shade steps in to help focus the heat to melt the wax. Mel’s Smells candles already burn evenly, so adding anything else to increase centralized heat could compromise the container, causing it to crack. Same idea with placing the jar inside of something else while burning, holding the heat created by the jar and causing it to crack.  Actually whether you power burn or not I STRONGLY do not recommend a candle shade to use on our candles.

How do you put out your candle? Do you blow it out? Put the lid on the jar?
A tip for extinguishing your candle is to use a wick dipper. They are made to push the lit wick into the melted wax, putting the candle flame out. This eliminates the stream of smoke you would get if you blew out the candle or the smoke that is trapped when you would use a lid to snuff out the flame. Once the flame is out, using the crook of the wick dipper standing the wick back up and straight for the next time. This also “re-waxes” the wick to make it easier to re-light the next time.

Without going into too much here is what’s wrong with this picture

  1. No foil or candle shade is needed for a properly wicked candle
  2. The candle container dimension would’ve needed at least 3-4 hrs to come to a complete melt pool. She’s showing you after 2 hours.
  3. Notice  how after she removed the foil and showing the full pool the wicks are struggling to keep a flame. Also she makes reference to the low burning flame. This is due to the poor wicking, we call this “drowning”.

I doubt very seriously she’s noticing any scent throw, and if she is it’s probably faint. That size jar should scent a very large room or maybe even a few rooms if it was made properly. Not only that, this trick can be dangerous, as it may cause the container to overheat and crack!