Have you ever purchased a candle with a scent you absolutely love, only for it to burn unevenly and result in tunneling? Unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think. Tunneling not only looks terrible, but it also means you won't be able to get the maximum burning and fragrance capabilities out of your candle.
Candle tunneling occurs when a candle burns down the center, leaving behind hard wax on the exterior. This lost wax means your candle will not reach its optimum burn duration, which is a significant loss if you enjoy scented candles. As the wick goes lower and lower into the tunnel, it will become more difficult to ignite and, at some point, will be smothered by melting wax.
Candle tunneling may occur with any candle, regardless of quality or cost. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your scented candles burn evenly and effectively, leaving as little leftover wax as possible.
When you ignite and burn your new candle, it sets the tone for how well it will function during its lifespan. You need to make sure the puddle of melted wax touches the edges of your candle before snuffing the flame on your first burn. The initial burn is the most significant since it establishes the candle's “memory." A candle's memory ring is the imprint left by the wax when it is first lit. It usually denotes the limit of where all subsequent fires will extend.
Before putting it out, make sure the wax pool is approximately 1cm deep around the borders. The length of time required depends on the diameter of the candle; if you only have an hour to burn your new scented candle, choose one that's not too broad. On the other hand, a large three-wick is an attractive option if you have half a day to indulge in the ambiance of your new good smelling candles.
Before you light a candle, remember to trim the wick. Nonetheless, if your new candle is pretty broad, you might just want to keep the wick a bit longer than usual. That will result in a larger, hotter flame that has a greater possibility of melting the wax to the edge. Just keep an eye on the flame and put it out if any problems develop.
The most efficient way to repair your candle tunneling is to catch it early. Nonetheless, here are some remedies for candle tunneling to ensure you enjoy long burning candles.
To enable the wax to re-open to the entire width of the candle, reset the candle's memory. Blasting the top of the candle with the high heat setting of a strong hairdryer is a swift method of readjusting the memory ring. Just keep in mind to keep the airflow at the top of the candle so the layer of wax will melt and smoothen evenly. Allow the wax pool to reach the candle's edges the next time you light it, as stated above, to give you the best burn.
If the tunneling has gone more than a few centimeters, the foil technique will most likely be required. This technique aims to maximize the amount of heat contained at the top of the candle, allowing the stubborn solid wax stuck up the sides to melt.
It's a simple method, but you should do it with caution since the foil may get hot, and you don't want to burn yourself. Also, don't use this technique for long periods since the increased heat may put pressure on the candle container, potentially causing a small explosion. Wrap a layer of aluminum foil over the top of the candle to create a domed lid with a hole in the middle. That enables the heat to remain inside and melt the rugged wax rims on the sides. After about an hour, you should have a nice even wax pool and a reset candle.
To avoid tunneling from the onset, try purchasing candles with many wicks and allowing them to burn over several hours the first time you light them. However, if a tunnel starts to develop, use these tips to ensure you have stress-free candle lighting moments to elevate the comfort of your home.
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