BYC Blog | Why Your First Candle Burn Is The Most Important

BYC Blog | Why Your First Candle Burn Is The Most Important

What Is Candle Tunneling?

  • FIRST, It's every candle lovers nightmare!
  • But really, it is when a candle burns straight down and leaves hard wax around the outside. It wastes your wax and prevents your candle from achieving its maximum burn time and scent. 

How Do I Prevent It? 

  • Your first burn, is your MOST important! 
  • Candle wicks sets a "memory ring" based on how you trained it during your first burn.
  • It is recommended to let your first burn be, at least, 4 hours to ensure that the pool of melted wax reaches the edges before snuffing out the flame.
  • When the wax pool reaches the edge on its first burn, it resets the candles memory and allows the wax to re-open to the full width of the candle.

Got a candle like the picture? Let's try to fix it.

  • Use a hair dryer, on high heat, to blast the top of a candle until the top layer of wax has melted and is smooth; this will help the candle reset its memory.  
  • Use the 'Foil Method'.
    • Fold a piece of aluminum foil in half, and wrap it around the candle,
    • Then, fold it up and over the flame like a tent,
      • the candle will need to breathe, therefore leave a hole on top open for oxygen.
    • Keep the foil on for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your candle and depth of your tunnel.
    • All of the wax from the sides should melt off.

If your candle is really bad, a candle warmer could become your best friend. It can allow for you to melt the wax and release the aroma without a flame.

As always, practice safety! 

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