Candles can have a very soothing effect. The gentle, mesmerizing light of the flame has been proven to relax the soul, reduce stress and increase self-confidence. Options such as fragrance provide an added benefit – another sense is achieved. the smell. There are scents that make us feel good and scents that remind us of uncomfortable or unhappy times. When you’ve finally found the perfect scent, what could be more disappointing than reaching the end of that candle?

With a few tips, you can delay the dreaded moment for as long as possible.

But what influences the burning time of a candle?

In order to get the most out of your candle for as long as possible, you need to be aware of the various factors that influence burn time. Besides the size, the length of the wick and the type of wax of a candle are also decisive. Soy wax, for example, has a higher melting point – it takes longer to burn off.

Thus, the higher the melting point, the longer a candle will burn for hours, as the wax needs more time to become liquid.

The size of the wick, on the other hand, affects the size of the flame. A larger flame burns through the wax faster. A candle’s burn time is usually between 40 and 60 hours and is therefore largely predetermined, but there are some things end users can do to avoid a quick burnout.

Cut the wick before each burn

Since a large wick also feeds a large flame, trim it for a more even burn. In addition, trimming can avoid unsightly side effects such as smoke or soot on the edge of the glass.

Be careful not to cut too much though, as it needs to be big enough to create a flame that can melt the entire surface of the wax. When tending to the wick, take the opportunity to also remove any clotted clumps or debris, which can also speed up combustion.

Do not burn in ventilated areas

The life of a candle is significantly shortened if you light it right next to an open window. Fans, air conditioners or high-traffic areas are also not suitable locations. Moving air can disturb the flame and cause unsightly black spots.

Also, the oxygen in the air can have a negative effect on the burn time, as the flame gets bigger and therefore melts more wax in the same amount of time.

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The life of a candle is significantly shortened if you light it right next to an open window

Avoid the tunnels

When a candle burns straight through the center, leaving wax around the edges, it’s called tunneling. This is a well-known sign that the candle is not going to burn long enough. Tunnels are caused by switching off too early after the first ignition.

In order for a flame to melt the entire surface of the wax, it must be left to burn for at least an hour, especially during the first use.

However, if you notice a tunnel forming, don’t give up hope just yet. With a simple tool, the aluminum tent, you can get the heat to be trapped under the “tent” and the entire surface to be liquefied.

But don’t let it burn TOO LONG

If a candle burns for more than four hours at a time, the wick will clump and the scent will be lost. You must blow out your candle at the latest now and only relight it later after it has cooled down.

At some point, however, every candle, unfortunately, comes to an end. Then, when there is little wax left in a jar, you can freeze it to remove the rest. Once the wax has hardened, you can poke it with a butter knife and easily remove the remaining piece. In this way, particularly beautiful glasses can be used as tealight holders or reused for other things.


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