The Art and Science of Burning Beeswax
Maintaining the Proper Wick Length – 3 Methods
Trim Your Wick
Prior to re-lighting your candle, the wick should always be trimmed to ¼”. If the wick is longer than ½”, your candle will not burn efficiently. A long wicked candle will burn a large flame and may begin to smoke. A large flame will melt a wide pool of beeswax in a short time which can result in beeswax melting through the sides of the candle – the wick will then lengthen rapidly and melt the beeswax quickly. Correct this by extinguishing your candle (see section on How to Extinguish Your Candle).
Hug Your Candle
‘Hugging your candle’ is an alternative to wick-trimming. As your candle burns, a liquid pool of beeswax will near the edge of your candle – using two hands with an equal amount of pressure, gently bend the soft outside walls of the candle into the pool of wax. Fold the edges in gradually so as not to flood the wick. This technique thickens the thinning side walls of the candle while raising the level of the beeswax, thereby shortening the wick.
Feed Your Candle
Recycle left-over beeswax into any other 100% Pure Cappings Beeswax Candle. Shave or break-up small pieces of left-over beeswax and use it as fuel to ‘feed’ your lit candle. This technique raises the level of beeswax and shortens the wick.
How to Light Your Candle
Lift and tilt your candle while holding a lit wooden match or lighter at the base of the wick of the candle.
How to Extinguish Your Candle
Extinguish your candle by ‘dunking’ the wick of the candle into its own liquid pool of beeswax. Use an implement like a pencil, chopstick, or a small stick for ‘dunking’. You can also use a snuffer to extinguish your candle; however, ‘dunking’ is the preferable method. If the wick is flattened, stand the wick upright and gently twist the strands together before re-lighting.
Do Not Blow Out Your Candle. The plant fibered wicks in each of the candles conduct the liquid beeswax up the wick to the flame, very much like an oil lamp. If you blow out the flame, this type of wick continues to smoke and smolder – small embers continue to burn inside the wick which burns the wax out of the fibers of the wick. This may not completely damage the wick, however, it could leave the wick brittle and unable to re-light or hold a flame properly.
Recommended Burn Time Per Burning
Each candle wick is stranded to a specific thickness to suit the different diameters of the candles. The diameter of your candle will determine the recommended burn-time per burning.
In order to maximize the efficiency and economy of your candle, it is suggested that your candle be burned one hour for every inch of the candle’s diameter. For example, a 3” inch candle, should be burned for approximately 3 hours at a time. A 4” inch candle should be burned for approximately 4 hours at a time. Mini Lites and Votives are the exception and can be burned for long or short periods.
Do Not Burn Paraffin Candles while Burning Beeswax
Because negative ions are produced while burning pure beeswax, the black soot emitted from a paraffin candle will surface on ceilings, walls, and all static surfaces.
Use a Properly-sized Candle Holder
Ensure that your candles are placed in a properly-sized holder. Do not place candles in a holder that will limit air flow – a wavering flame is a good indication that your candles are not in a properly-sized candle holder. A non-flammable plate is a good surface for your burning candles.
Never Leave a Burning Candle Unattended or in a Draft.