Burning down the house

@sulsisels (1685)
United States
July 24, 2012 11:54pm CST
At least that is what it seems like that. I bought all kinds of candles because we are in the hurricane season down here now until the end Of October and if you don't have candles if and when one comes, your dead in the water, so to speak.Anyway, I lit a couple of them tonight and OMG, they produced these huge flames and burned so fast that the good size candle was gone in about 15 minutes..See ya....Does anybody know any tricks to getting candles to burn slower or am I dreaming? You could never walk away and leave these things unattended cause they could catch something on fire real quick..They have to chill out...Anybody?
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
25 Jul 12
The ideas of freezing and buying a larger candle sounds like a good idea, but I also think it has to do with what kind of wax is used. I am surprised, though, that in your area there are not "special" candles just for the purpose of in case a hurricane comes through. Also, have you considered battery powered lanterns? We had a couple years ago and they were wonderful when we got hit with the remnants of hurricane Ike.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
25 Jul 12
Hi Carm...I can't say I've ever seen any special candles made for hurricanes..However, I shop in the Dollar Store which may be the answer as the quality of the candles..Just love their prices though! I'm telling you, the candle I used last night is big...or was. Freezing is a great idea and I think I'll try that before I count these candles out. I don't have lanterns but my Mom does and she loves them too. I think she got them from Coleman and said they were very inexpensive. I guess I need to go get a few...Something tells me we are going to have a bad storm this year..
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• United States
25 Jul 12
Yes, with the battery powered lanterns, all you have to do is make sure you have enough batteries. I hope the season isn't too bad, but seeing how messed up the weather has been for everyone, who knows??? So stay safe and if you happen to get hit, please try to drop a post to let us know how you are doing..
@Aquitaine24 (11650)
• San Jose, California
25 Sep 12
i AM SO OVER USING CANDLES IF THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY.There are methods that are a lot safer,like flashlights and Tap Lights.There are many different inexpensive lights you can use that use batteries.There are even ones that are solar powered.Sorry--it just seems so old-fashioned to rely on candles.
@Opal26 (17679)
• United States
25 Jul 12
Hi sulsisels! I buy candles in a jar. They burn longer and seem to be safer than burning regular candles. They sell them all over. I know Yankee Candles makes them in all different scents, but they are more expensive than the "no name" brands. I've gotten some great ones in a store called "National Liquidators" for $4.99, but that is just a local store in Yonkers, NY where I live. I know Yankee Candles are sold online and are definitely worth it. You can go online to Bed, Bath & Beyond's site too, but I don't know where they ship to. I would just check out some local stores where you live to see if you can find some candles in jars. I am always afraid I'll knock the candles over or my cats will!
• United States
25 Jul 12
Keep them in the freezer. No I am not joking. They burnt faster due to the type of wick and the fact that the warmth in the area had the wax at an already higher temperature. I used to make candles and I learned a whole bunch of tricks.
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
You should buy a big candle instead of a small one. I found that with a big candle, it is used for longer...One more, you should put a candle in straight, if it is incline, a candle will be burned faster than normal.