Evenly-burning candles look much better and provide a consistent and brighter burn regardless of the type of wax used and the wick inserted into the wax. Below are some techniques that will help you get the most of your candles every time you light them.
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How to Make Candle Burn Evenly?
Method 1 – Trim the Wick
Candles often come with super long wicks that are at least one inch long. While we appreciate the gesture from the candle manufacturers, these long wick tips are inimical even to burn.
Instead of lighting the long wick, we recommend that you trim it to about ¼ its size. Don’t worry about the small tip – it will provide a nicely shaped flame.
Long wicks tend to collapse, leaving a mushroom tip that distorts the flame. The flame becomes stouter and shorter, too, and the light isn’t the same.
Mushroomed wicks also tend to be sootier and smokier. Either way, you’re not going to enjoy that at home.
Method 2 – Allow all the Surface Wax to Burn
Lighting a candle creates a layer of melted wax that has to be burned off by the wick. If you blow off the flame too quickly, you will observe the tunneling effect.
Burning off the surface wax will take hours, so if you can’t blow off the flame after a few hours, don’t light the candle at all if you don’t like to see an uneven burn.
Method 3 – Try Multi-wick Candles
If you cannot get it right with single-wick candles, there is always the option of using multi-wick ones at home. Multi wick candles can have as many as four separate wicks. Multiple wicks are often added when the diameter of the candle exceeds 3.5”.
You will observe these multi-wick setups in 6inch candles and even bigger candles in the market. For a better burn, we recommend simply lighting all of the wicks simultaneously.
The net effect of lighting all the wicks is you will have more light, and if the candle is a scent diffuser, it’s going to diffuse more of the essential oil mixed in with the wax.
Read more: How to Make 3 Wicks Candle?
Method 4 – Keep Your Candles Away from Moving Air
Unfortunately, drafts of air that repeatedly disturb candle flames will cause an uneven burn. The most common culprits at home include high-traffic areas like hallways, windows (when they are open), air-conditioners, and electric fans. When candle flame is blown sideways, it’s going to cause the on one side of the candle to burn faster than the other end.
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