How to burn a candle the right way

How to Burn a Candle the Right Way

It’s a question we get asked a lot – ‘how do I burn a candle the right way?’ It’s a great question and one that deserves to be explored as many of us often burn candles in ways that mean we don’t get the most from them. By the end of this post, we’ll have taken you through some top tips on how to burn a candle the right way making you a candle burning pro.

Trim that wick

Always make sure you trim the wick to a 1/4 inch. This will make sure that the wick doesn’t smoke and will reduce mushrooming. Candles with long wicks tend to flare, drip and cause uneven burning. Purchasing a lovely wick trimmer not only will help you keep the wick neatly trimmed but also looks very stylish in any home. If you haven’t got a trimmer available, then don’t fret, a pair of scissors will get the job done.

Not burning the candle for long enough first time round

If you want to avoid tunnelling and have the candle burn evenly, make sure the first burn is between 3 to 4 hours. A candle has muscle memory so you’re going to want that melt pool to form evenly over the top of the candle before you put it out. If you do this, then the chance of tunnelling will be minimised.


Top Tip – If a candle tunnels, you can wrap the candle container in tinfoil with a small lip over the rim. Make sure there’s a hole in the top for the flame to burn unrestricted. This cosy jacket should heat the unmelted wax and get you back on track.


Watch that burn time

It’s best practice to burn a candle for around 4 to 6 hours at a time. Any longer and they tend to over-heat. This may cause the wick to move around and affect the overall burn. Plus, you want to be able to stretch that little guy out over several nights and weeks.

Putting out a candle flame correctly

It’s easy to fall into the trap, of blowing out a candle flame. This, however, is a sure-fire way to get black residue where you don’t want it. Some of the best ways to extinguish a candle flame are either using a snuffer or by placing a lid on the container.

Burn a candle at the correct time of day

Keeping a candle out of direct sunlight. Lighting on an evening is advisable. Many candles contain vanilla. Vanilla has a strong desire to yellow in sunlight. This can then cause your candle to have a yellow lustre.

This in no way impacts the burning of the candle but some people don’t like to see their candle changing shade. Keeping a candle stored away from direct light and burning it on an evening will make sure that the candle looks the same as when you bought it. It should be noted though that not all candles contain vanilla and some makers will use additives to control this yellowing process.

Keep the flame away from moving air

Do your best to keep your burning candle away from open windows or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot.

Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to uninviting black marks on the glassware.

And that’s our quick guide on how to burn a candle the right way’. Hopefully, if you follow the tips laid out here, your candles should burn evenly and beautifully without a hint of trouble. If you want to find out more about candles, where they came from and why they are amazing, why not check out some of our popular posts below.

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And a final shout out to Rachel at rachel-recommends for the beautiful photography at the top of this post.

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