Your safety is our top priority in selecting a candle vessel for our Pour Your Own Candle events.
When choosing a container for your soy wax candle, there are three very basic safety rules that need to followed:
- It won’t catch fire.
- It won’t leak.
- It won’t crack or break.
Make sure the container you are thinking about using as a candle vessel is made of non-flammable material. Wood, and plastic, obviously, would make a poor choice as a candle container due to its flammability. Highly porous material such as non-glazed terracotta, clay or cement has the potential ability to soak up the wax and can become a fire hazard. Metal can work, but the wick cannot be too close to the vessel, as metal can get really hot, so its bets to have a diameter of 2.5 – 3″ minimum. This figure very much depends on the choice of wick too. Always ensure that the proper wick is being used. An over-sized wick will result in a deeper and hotter melt pool of wax. Properly centering the wick within the container will also help to prevent an uneven build up of heat on one part of the container, greatly reducing the likelihood of cracking.
Glass is an ideal material for a candle container due to its non-flammable and non-porous properties. The thicker the glass, the less likely it is to crack. Glassware, such as canning or jelly jars, tea cups and other heat safe materials are popular products often used in candle-making. That being said, even heat safe glass can sometimes still crack if exposed to too much heat. Containers that are chipped or cracked should not be used.
Although following these guidelines will greatly minimize the chances of a problem occurring, nothing is infallible. All candles should be burned on a heat resistant surface far from any flammable objects such as overhead cabinets or draperies. The wicks should always be trimmed to 1/4″ with no mushrooming before every burn. Most importantly, a burning candle should never be left unattended. We recommend that all of our customers follow these safety guidelines and label their products with one of our caution labels which includes proper burning instructions.