Simple Tips To Ensure A Safe & Even Candle Burn

To ensure your candle burns safely and evenly, please follow the steps below before lighting your candle, every time!

Initial Burn

The first time you light your candle determines the lifespan of your candle. It's important to allow the melted wax pool to reach the edges of your container before extinguishing to prevent tunneling and the build up of wax around the edges of your vessel. We recommend burning your candle for 3 hours at a time (4 hours maximum).

Center Your Wick

When you first light your candle, the wick will be centered. As you enjoy your candle, however, the wick may start to get a little too comfy and travel off center in the warm wax.  If your wick has moved off center, recenter it by gently holding the end and sliding it towards the middle of your vessel. You may find that this is easier to do when the wax is still a bit warm after extinguishing the flame; simply use the back of a spoon to nudge it back to the center.

Trim Your Wick

Once you’ve re-centered your wick, it’s time to trim it!  Using a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors, trim your wick to ¼ of an inch before lighting your candle, every time. This is the optimal height for ensuring an even burn that is free of soot debris. In addition, trimming your wick will help it stay centered in the candle, preventing an uneven melt and minimizing the risk of shattered glass.

Remove Debris

After you’ve centered and trimmed your wick, make sure it is free of any wick trimmings, matches, and other debris. These can reignite and create a flame that is too large for the candle, posing a safety issue and potentially shattering the vessel. 

Following these simple steps will help ensure your candle will burn cleanly and safely! If you ever have questions about candle care or safety, our Scent Designers at Urban Wick Candle Bar are more than happy to offer any advice to help you take the best care of your candle!

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