How important is it I follow burn time instructions for the first burn?
Very important. The first burn time is important because it sets the stage for positive subsequent lightings. The initial burn time is based on 1 hour for every inch of the vessel. Thus our large vessel approximate 3-4 hour initial burn time; mid-size vessel 2-3 hours; and votive an hour.
How do I prevent my candle from tunneling?
Tunneling is when a candle “burns down the middle”, or more specifically, when the wax does not melt all the way to the edge. In order to prevent tunneling, you should burn your candle for one hour per inch of container diameter when you first light it. For example if container is 3 inches in diameter then candle needs to burn 3 hours the first time. If not, the wax will never melt past the first wax pool and thereby cause tunneling.
How do I make my soy candles last longer?
Soy wax candles burn longer as long as wick trimmed appropriately to ¼ inch before burning and candle is allowed to burn until the melted wax reaches the edge of the container. .
How do I maintain my wick?
Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ inch each time you use candle to prevent mushrooming from the previous burning.
How do I clean the empty vessel?
Soy candles are easy to clean for reuse or repurposing of the vessel. When the candle is finished burning it can be placed in the freezer for a short time allowing the wax to harden. After taking the candle out you can gently take the remaining wax out with a utensil. Lastly rinse the vessel in warm soapy water until clean and your vessel is ready for reuse.