You know how they say, “You always remember your first one”. Your candle does too! Yup, the first burn is the most important one because it will decide the way your candle will burn all the way. That is why we advise on burning it for about 2 to 3 hours for the first time, or until it gets to a full melt pool. What does that mean? That the layer of liquid wax reaches the container sides and is about 1cm deep. If the full melt pool is not reached, your candle will start tunneling, meaning it will only melt in the center, around the wick, ending up suffocating it.
If tunneling occurs, do not panic! There are still a few tricks that will help your candle stay lit:
- Scrape the excess wax from the container sides with a knife or a spoon, until your top is leveled.
- If the wick is still burning, even with a small flame, let the candle burn for 4-6 hours until it resets the melt pool.
- If the wick looks like it’s drowning in wax and won’t stay lit, use a paper towel to absorb excess wax until the flame gets started.
Before every other burn
Always trim the wick at about 2-3mm. Remove the carbonized wood before lighting your candle next time. You can do that by using a wick scissor, a nail clipper or just your fingers. Pinch the burned wood between your finger tips and it will snap right off.
The last one
Don’t burn your candle all the way down. This applies to any type of candle. Wood wick candles have a wick sustainer that is 1cm high and that won’t let the wax to evaporate completely. When the metal sustainer gets visible and the wick won’t stay lit, your candle is out.