That Burning Issue!
Like many of you, I have had my fair share of candle burning issues. But through the years I have found handy ways to either prevent or fix any problems, particularly when it comes to getting the most out of my candle. One of the worst things to happen to a candle is to waste it! And one of the main reasons you will waste up to half of your candle, is from the tunnelling of your wax.
Here are some of the reasons behind wax tunnelling and our best tips to fix it!
Avoid tunnelling of your candle…
Before lighting your candle, trim the candle wick to approximately 7mm. The first time you use your new candle, burn until the wax melts evenly across the container. The entire surface of the candle should be melted to every edge. This is very important as scented candles develop a ‘burn memory’ and a candle that has not been burnt right to the edges on its initial use, will ‘tunnel’ and burn unevenly through the centre of the wax.
How to repair a tunnelling candle…
If for some reason you could not burn your candle for long enough to reach all the edges in your initial burn, there are a few tricks to fix it! These are not recommended as common practice, but the last thing you or I want is for you to waste any of your Villa and Stone candle.
1. When you re-light your candle that did not burn to the edge in your previous burn, the best way to get your wax to burn to the edge is to push in the outer unmelted wax into the hot melting wax. I recommend a paddle pop stick or similar, that will be safe to use around hot wax and a burning flame. Please do not use any metal objects that will heat up and do not use your fingers.
2. If there is over 5mm of unmelted wax on the edges that will not melt, the best practice is to sacrifice the unmelted wax by removing it and throwing it away. Do this when your candle is NOT lit and make the surface completely flat before re-lighting. Your next candle burn must be long enough to reach all edges, so the wax melts evenly across the container. This will be anywhere between 2-4+ hours.
3. If you are still having trouble getting your wax to melt evenly across the entire glass container, your wick might be tilting to one side. Villa and Stone candles only use 100% cotton wicks, with no toxic metals. Because of this, your wick may tilt during the course of the burn time and you may notice the direction your wick is pointing in has burnt to the edge, but the other side has not. If this happens tilt the candle wick to the other side (in the direction of the unmelted wax). For safety reasons I recommend you blow out your candle and then tilt your wick in the direction of the unmelted wax. Then re-light immediately and wait until your wax has melted across the entire container. However, if you decide to do so while the candle is still lit, only use a safe object to do so. Do not use any objects that may heat too quickly or set on fire. Safety first!
4. When re-lighting your candle always keep candle wicks centred. Ensure you position your scented candle away from drafts. A draft can result in an uneven burn and will reduce the life of your candle.
All Villa and Stone candles are made with only the highest-quality Premium Soy Wax. We only use 100% cotton wicks, so there are NO toxins, and we use certified essential oils wherever possible. Our candles are designed to give you the most out of the candle in life and the scent throw. We pride ourselves on both the quality of our candles and providing a eco-friendly candle that is safe and effective.
And there you go! Hopefully that fixes any candle tunnelling problems. Please tell us if you have any questions or let us know if you have any helpful tips on getting the most out of your candle.