Hints and Tips to Achieve the Best Burn Time

There are a few simple rules that will keep your candles looking lovely and get the best burn time.

  • The most important rule is for the very first time you light your Glenfinnan Candle. On first burn, always let the candle burn to the outside edge,  If the wax is not allowed to melt from edge to edge it will create a hole in the centre of the candle. If this is not done the wick will continue to tunnel and burn that way for the life of the candle
  • Each time you burn your Glenfinnan Candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax and you’ll get the best scent possible.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to about a centimetre at all times. If the flame is too high, trim the wick, if it is too low pour off some wax (not down the drain).
  • Keep the cut wick out of the wax as this can affect the burn.
  • Candles should not be burned for more than about 3 hours at a time, it is recommended that after this time, the candle is extinguished, allowed to cool for 2 hours, and then trimmed before relighting.
  • Use a candle snuffer to prevent wicks from drifting off centre and to avoid wax splash, failing that gently blow to extinguish without disturbing the wick.
  • If the candle flame ever starts to smoke, extinguish it and trim the wick to 0.5-1cm and relight.
  • It is part of a candle wicks design to form a small carbon ball at it’s tip. This generates that little extra heat so that the candle melts to it’s outer edge. The ball should always be trimmed before re-using the Candle, it is actually better to trim the wick after you have extinguished the candle, while it is still warm, removing any waste wick deposits from the liquid wax (I use tweezers).
  • If your candle is in a draught you may notice it burning off centre where the liquid wax is closer to one side. There are 2 ways to overcome this. Either turn your candle before each lighting, or using anything non-flammable (a trusty little screwdriver) touch the wick gently away from the side it is closest to, towards the centre.
  • Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, such as a spotlight. Candles will fade if they are exposed to bright light for an extended period of time.


Safety Tips

  • Always burn candles in a suitable holder.
  • Always burn well away from draughts, other heat sources and anything flammable.
  • Make sure burning candles are ALWAYS out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Always place your candle on a heat resistant surface.


Burning Soy wax candles in Glass jars

  • Sometimes you may notice air bubbles in your soy candles between the sides of the glass jar and the wax. Soy wax is more sensitive to temperature change than other types of wax and will sometimes shrink resulting in air bubbles. This is not a fault and will not affect the way the candle burns.
  • Extinguish your candle when 1cm of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. By following this instruction, the glass will not get too hot.
  • Avoid burning candles in any glass item not specifically designed for candles. Glass candleholders are specifically manufactured to withstand the temperature changes that occur when burning candles.


Burning Anti-midge Candle in tins

  • You may see a little frosting on the top of the candle in the tin. This is usual and does not affect the way the candle burns. Once you have burned the candle for the first time, the frosting will disappear.
  • Be aware that the tin can get very hot to touch. Make sure you use a suitable holder.


Handy tip for your bespoke candle

Most people do not wish to burn their celebration candle as it holds a special memory of perhaps a birth, a wedding or that special occasion.

  1. All you need to do is to light the wick for between 1-1½ hours then extinguish.
  2. Get an empty metal cup from a tea-light, turn it rim down and gently press into the softened wax around the wick.
  3. Scoop out the inner circle of wax with a small screwdriver.
  4. Repeat this 2 or 3 times, the remaining hole is now a perfect fit for a tea-light.
  5. Only use tea-lights, and your special candle will always be pristine.