When you light a candle, the flame is usually tall and thin. But sometimes, the flame gets so high that it's hard to see the wick. So why does this happen? And more importantly, what can you do about it? In this blog post, we will explore the science of candle flames and discuss why they sometimes get out of control. We will also provide some tips for keeping your candles burning safely and efficiently!
These are the two most common reasons why candle flames are too high: problems with the manufacturing process might cause candle flames to be excessively large. However, poor candle care is more typical.
Following basic candle rules
If you want to avoid having a high candle flame, it's important to take care of your candles. Here are some tips:
- Trim the wick before each use. This will help the candle burn more evenly and prevent the flame from getting too high.
- Don't let drafts near the candle. A draft can cause the flame to flicker and grow.
- Keep the area around the candle clean. A build-up of soot can make the flame taller.
By following these tips, you can help keep your candles burning safely and efficiently. So why is my candle flame so high? In most cases, it's due to poor candle care.
It's a fact: Your candle has a memory. The wax will only melt as far as it did the first time you burned the candle. As a result, if you don't melt the entire top layer of wax on your initial burn, the candle will tunnel its entire life. Candles should be burned for one hour per inch in diameter to achieve a full melt pool. Candles should be burned for no longer than 4 hours at a time!
A poorly made candle
If you're making candles or buying handmade candles, usually the cause of a higher than normal flame is a poorly made candle. Bad wick combinations can cause the flame to be too high, for example a wick which is too large for the jar will obviously create a bigger flame. Melting temperatures vary by wax type. As a result, it's vital to choose a wick that best absorbs the wax you're using to make a candle.
Too much fragrance oil
Sometimes too much of a good thing can cause issues, we all want a great-smelling candle but adding too much fragrance oil can be counterproductive. Candle wax manufacturers indicate the maximum fragrance load that wax can tolerate when purchasing it. It's typically around 10%, but it might go as high as 13%. If you deviate from the specified range, the oils may cause the flame to grow significantly, adding to a large flame.
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