THERE ARE SOME THINGS TO KNOW NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR CANDLE!
Prior to the first use, if your candle wick was not trimmed, cotton wicks should be trimmed to 1/4″ and wood wicks to 1/8″. We suggest using a wick trimmer, but scissors or even nail clippers will work.
The surface you use to burn your candle is also important. You want to find a place that is not only resistant to heat, but away from pets, children, things that like fire, such as curtains, and candles public enemy #1: drafts.
Candles, or more specifically wax, has a memory. Ideally you want to burn your candle the first time long enough to achieve a full melt pool to the side of the jar. If, for example, you have a jar with a 3-inch diameter: You burn for just one hour. The pool is only 1 inch from center. The next time you burn, it will go no further than the previous burn. This is what creates the tunneled “feature” of a candle. It’s a feature you can do without.
Never burn a candle longer than 4 hours. It increases risks of fire danger, glass breakage and frankly, the jar gets really hot.
The closer to the bottom of your jar, the hotter the flame burns. As such, the hotter the candle jar will get. Let it cool before touching it.
Finally, when your candle reaches about 1/2″, it is time to stop using that one. Glass breakage is more likely if you were to continue trying to burn so close to the bottom.