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- Sometimes, before the atmospheric light of a candle, it’s easy to forget that the flame is an open fire. That’s why you should treat candles carefully, place them somewhere safe and stable, and above all never leave them unattended. If you remember this information when burning candles, you will be very happy with our products.
Why is the candle giving off sooty smoke?
This can be for a number of reasons, but usually it is because the wick is too long. If this is the case, extinguish the candle by dipping the wick into the liquid wax and immediately returning it to an upright position. Cut the wick to approx. 1cm in length. It could also be that the wick is blocked, for example by broken bits of matches or other impurities. This generally results in a seal at its end, where it becomes thicker. In this case, the wick should also be carefully cut down, and the thick end removed.
What to do about flickering flames?
Flickering flames are generally caused by burn bowls which are too deep. If the candle has an edge more than 1cm high, extinguish the candle by dipping the wick into the liquid wax and immediately returning it to an upright position. Then cut off the excess wax edge with a knife – but be VERY CAREFUL – the liquid wax in the burn bowl is very hot and can burn you. Cut off as much as necessary, so that enough edge remains to hold the liquid wax.
The candle goes out!
This is almost always due to a draught – the candle flame should burn peacefully. Even in a slight draught, the flame will begin to dance about. This increases the size of the burn bowl until eventually the liquid wax is no longer held in by the edge and flows out. But containers which are too small or too narrow can also result in the candle going out. The heat of the flame is reflected and warms the candle from the outside, so that the important edge cannot hold the liquid wax.