HOT CIDER Kansas Earth and Sky soy candle

Tips for Getting the Best Burn from your Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co Candles.

We truly appreciate your support and want to make sure you get the most from your purchase. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the best burn. 

1. Girl, Trim your Wick.

Contrary to popular belief, a freshly received candle’s wick isn’t always the correct length to just light right off the bat. Before lighting, and each time you burn your candle, make sure you trim the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can use scissors, a wick trimmer or even nail clippers, but girl, trim your wick before you light or re-light your candle. A too-long wick can cause a candle flame to grow too long and flare. That’s why it is so important to trim the wick before every use. Always keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and other debris that could catch fire from the flame. 

2. Let it Burn.

Once your candle’s lit, don’t blow it out until the top layer of wax has melted all the way across. This might take several hours, especially on our 12 ounce candles — so don’t set out to burn a candle at all unless you’ve got time to kill. Whenever you fail to achieve full melt, you’re contributing to a process called tunnelling. The wick starts to sink lower and lower, like a tunnel is forming right through the center of the candle. Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about:

Example of Tunneling Candle

Tunneling of one of our Prototype test candles.

Eventually, the tunnel will grow so deep that it’ll be tough to light the wick at all. More importantly, all that unmelted wax on the sides represents hours of lovely fragrance and burn time you bought but won’t ever get to utilize. 

3. More wicks = more heat.

Our large 12 ounce candles have two wicks for more than just looks alone. Candles that have a surface of more than 3-4 inch diameters will have a difficult time producing enough heat to melt the wax evenly across the surface.  More flames means more heat — which will lead to a quicker and more even melt. It takes patience, but if you melt the wax all the way across every time you burn, the surface of the candle will stay flat and the sides of the jar will stay clean, all the way down until the candle is spent.

4. Is it drafty in here?

Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to even more unsightly black marks on the glass. Constant flickering and smoking occur when the teardrop shape of the flame is disturbed. This allows small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) to escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. If too much (or too little) air reaches the candle flame, it will disturb the flame’s teardrop shape, causing it to soot. To avoid this, always burn your candles in a well-ventilated room, away from drafts, vents or strong air currents. Also, if you like to group your candles, make sure they are at least 3 inches apart when burning. Candles placed too closely together can create their own draft and cause the candles to flare. 

Remember, a lit candle is an open flame. Be careful. Always follow the basic rules of fire safety when burning candles.

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