As the cold sets in and it gets darker sooner every night, you may find yourself increasingly reaching for your favourite candle. Our friends over at YIELD Design has put together a fantastic resource for prolonging the life of your candles. A few simple steps will get you more hours of burn out of each candle by ensuring it burns cleanly. And best yet, a clean burn means you can more easily prepare the vessel to use as a drinking glass later.
Trim your wick before every burn (even the first burn)! We do not pre-trim the wick because it could be smooshed into the wax during packing. We recommend trimming to a minimum of 1/4". By doing this, you ensure an even and soot-free burn. You can trim your candle with wick trimmers or scissors. To remove any soot build-up, you can simply take a paper towel to wipe clean the wick.
Burn Baby Burn...The Right Way
For best results, burn until the wax melts evenly across container (1-2 hours), not exceeding 3 hours. Burning for long periods of time puts the wick at risk of uncentering, being too close to the glass, and possibly causing the glass to break or burst. Keep wax pool free of debris and make sure that the wick stays centred with each burn.
Hints That You Are In The Danger Zone
- A smoking wick: trim wick to 1/8-inch.
- All wax is melted: blow it out, it has burned too long.
- Off-centre wick: burned too long, re-centre wick.
- Black residue on glass: trim the wick.
- A bloom shaped wick: time to trim.
How Low Can You Go?
Do not burn your candle below 1/2" of wax. This could cause the container to crack or burst.
All Good Things Come To An End
You burned your candle down to that 1/2" of wax, now it's time to clean it out and make that vessel a drinking glass! Once the candle wax and vessel are completely cooled, take a spoon to scoop out remaining wax and wick. If you are having difficulty scooping, take a bit of hot water to soften wax! Once removed, take paper towel to wipe clean the remaining wax and debris off the glass. Now, wash with soap and water, and voila! It's ready to be used for that cocktail recipe you've been wanting to make.
Read the original YIELD Design blog post here.