To burn candles evenly, you can follow these tips:
- Trim the wick: Before lighting a Thompson Ferrier candle, make sure the wick is trimmed to about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) in length. A longer wick can cause uneven burning and excessive smoke especially at the fragrance levels of over 15% that you will find in Thompson Ferrier candles.
- First burn: When lighting your new Thompson Ferrier candle for the first time, allow it to burn until the entire surface of the candle melts into liquid wax. This process helps establish a "memory" for the candle, ensuring it burns evenly in subsequent uses. It will also allow the candle to look clean and fresh for the next use.
- Avoid drafts: Place the candle away from drafts or areas with airflow, such as open windows or fans. Drafts can cause uneven burning by disturbing the flame and creating uneven heat distribution. Drafts can also create unwanted soot and black smoke.
- Burn time: Always burn a candle for a sufficient amount of time. Ideally, burn it for one hour per inch (2.5 cm) of its diameter. This helps prevent tunneling, where the candle burns down the center, leaving wax along the sides. Never ever leave candles burning for hours on end.
- Avoid extinguishing too soon: Allow the candle to burn until the wax pool reaches the edges of the container or candle holder. If you extinguish the flame before the wax melts to the edges, it may create a tunnel and lead to uneven burning in subsequent uses.
- Burn in cycles: For longer-lasting and even burning, it's best to burn the candle in cycles. Allow it to burn for a few hours at a time, then extinguish and let it cool before relighting. This method ensures the candle burns evenly each time and helps avoid excessive heat buildup.
- Candle placement: Place the candle on a stable and heat-resistant surface, away from flammable materials. Ensure the candle is upright and not tilted, as an uneven position can cause uneven melting.
- Consider candle size: The size of the candle relative to the room can affect its burn rate. If the candle is too small for the room, it may not generate enough heat to melt the wax pool evenly. Consider using multiple candles or choosing a larger-sized candle for larger spaces.