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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