Burning the heart candles
We have added a heart candle for Valentine's Day to our product line. Each little heart is hand poured so each one is very individual having their own little "birth marks". And being a natural product, the natural beeswax hearts have darker and lighter shades and are hypoallergenic. The red hearts are not hypoallergenic due to the tinting process.
Beeswax candles burn their best when you maintenance them a little while they burn, occasionally dumping off a little of the wax pool and trimming the wick before relighting.
Cut the wick to 1/4" or so. The heart candle will burn best if you keep the wick centered and trimmed. We used a smaller wick in this candle to keep the heart shape of the candle as long as possible as it burns. With it not being a round candle, there will be some wax leakage as the candle burns down. If the flame starts to dim, you can gently tilt the candle to dump off a little bit of wax to get the wick going strong again. If it is really dimming, you can blow it out, trim the wick and relight.
CLEANING THE BURN RESISTANT PLATE WHEN CANDLE IS DONE: Putting the burn resistant plate in the freezer for a few minutes will help any wax on the plate to release. Scrap off the wax and wash with hot soapy water.
Use a Burn Resistant Plate
I recommend using a plate or pillar holder when burning beeswax pillar candles to catch any spilled wax or problems due to the heat of the candle.
Burn pillars roughly 1 hour per inch in diameter (3" pillar should be burned for at least 3 hours per session.) Burning for extend time ensures that the wick burns the candle evenly out to the edge. This also helps to avoid tunneling and relighting issues.
Hugging Your Beeswax Candles
Occasionally it is necessary to gently press the edges of the candle towards the center of the candle to ensure that all of the beeswax burns properly. Do this carefully as your candle is burning or immediately after extinguishing it.
Tunneling is both desirable and undesirable, depending on your preference. We've designed our beeswax pillar candles to burn as efficiently as possible without tunneling and very little physical management on your part. To avoid tunneling, simply hug your candles on occasion while burning (see note on hugging your beeswax candle).
A tunneled beeswax candle has a beautiful amber glow to it, where the flame glows through the thin outer wall of beeswax while burning. If you want your candle to tunnel, simply avoid hugging your candles, though the pillar walls may become weak and hug on their own. Please be aware lighting the wick may become difficult if the pillars walls become too high.
Keep the Wick Trimmed to 1/4"
This is very important for successful burning, trim the wick during or immediately after burning your candle. The wick itself becomes potentially fragile when cooled due to the amount of beeswax still remaining in the wick. Trimming a cold wick may break the wick off, making relighting it difficult.
Properly Extinguish a Beeswax Pillar Candle
The easy and smoke free way to extinguish pillar candles is to gently push the wick into the wax pool until the candle is extinguished and then pull the wick straight. Our candle multi-tool works great for this. Alternatively, you can use a candle snuffer to extinguish the candle flame, though often times the snuffer will dip into the wax pool and make a mess of your snuffer. Avoid handling the wick after it is cooled as it may break.
Fix Too-Thin Pillar Walls
If your pillar does drip or melt through its side, generally due to too large of a flame, extinguish the candle and let it harden before relighting it. Avoid moving the pillar while the beeswax is cooling.
Fix Too-Thick Pillar Walls
If your pillar develops a thick wall, generally due to not burning long enough each burning session, carefully cut the wall down to the level of the wax pool inside. This must be done when the wax pool is hardened. We recommend using a heated craft knife found at most hobby stores. Caution is advised.
How To Relight a Beeswax Pillar
The best way to relight your beeswax pillar candle is to hold the flame to the base of the wick for 5 to 10 seconds (a long BBQ lighter works best). This will ensure all of the hardened beeswax in the wick is melted. This allows the wick to now pull newly melted beeswax from the candle and burn properly.
The Wick Won't Stay Lit
If your pillar doesn't stay lit it could be one of two main causes. First, it may be that the flame you're using to light the wick isn't large enough. Because the wick for a beeswax candle is thicker than most other candles a large flame is needed to melt the wax in and directly around the base of the wick in order to get the wax flow started.
The other possible problem could be that the wick has gotten too short. In this case the solution is to expose fresh wick by melting the wax around the wick and pouring it off, or warming the wick and gently digging wax out from around the wick. Once fresh wick is exposed be sure to burn the candle for an hour per inch in diameter to get it back in balance.