Candles

Candles burning - Why won't my candles burn evenly?
@minxy67 (2708)
January 17, 2007 1:51pm CST
I love burning candles, some scented, some not, but the question I have is does anybody know how do I get a candle to burn evenly? I always end up with it burning down one side or just the middle burning.
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10 responses
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Are you burning these candles in a room that is free of drafts? A ceiling fan can wreak havoc on a candle too. Also, if they are pillar candles you should hug(push in towards the center) the soft wax after burning them for a while. This will help them to burn evenly.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
yes, even a very soft breeze, like from your heating vents, can cause a candle to burn unevenly. Also, some candles are not made as well as others so it is possible that they won't really even burn quite right.
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@minxy67 (2708)
17 Jan 07
Thank you for your advice on pillar candles, I never knew that, I will remember to do that in future. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my discussion. :)
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I enjoy the smell of burning candles and when it is dark, the way it lights up the room! If you don't have any thing contributing to the way it is burning, such as a ceiling fan, or vent, then it might just be the candle or the way the wick was placed inside. And if you just want the smell of the candle around the house you could try on of those candle warmers!! :D
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@minxy67 (2708)
17 Jan 07
I love candle light it gives a room a much softer look and candle light seems to warm the air as well. I have never heard of a candle warmer, I am a bit out of touch I think. LOL Thank you for your response. :)
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Some candles will not burn evenly because of their poor quality materials. It is not an insult...really! I have candles like that. That is why there is Candle Lit candles and a few others that do burn evenly. Also, some people make a mistake of not burning them long enough. When the candle is not burned long enough, it will not melt evenly. But also the flip side of burning too long. LOL Or if there is a ceiling fan that mayb be effecting the direction of the flame. If you really want to get a candle that burns evenly, you will need to buy the candles that promotes an even burn. But other than that...I will just be happy burning my candles. I love candles!!!
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@minxy67 (2708)
17 Jan 07
I think that I have drafts everywhere because all my candles burn unevenly. LOL They are probably poor quality, I get them from all different places and I usually but them because I like the smell, I also love candles, I even sometimes lay in the bathroom with just candles for lighting, it is very relaxing. Thank you for your response to my discussion. :)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I do too. My favor scent is vanilla. I have found something better than candles they are called tarts you might have hard of them. Much cleaner and easier to use.
@minxy67 (2708)
17 Jan 07
I think that vanilla is also my favourite candle scent, I have never heard of tarts, can you let me know what they are? they sound good. Thank you for your response. :)
@rainbow (6763)
17 Jan 07
I tend to turn mine round regularly so that any drafts from people walking past etc are evenly distributed and I still cannot stop the one side melt, although it is ok for a while. I think the quality of the candle wax and the correct positioning of the wick may have something to do with it. Fat ones seem to just go in the middle, my vanilla one in the lounge has now got a hole in the side and I tried really hard to get it to burn evenly.
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@minxy67 (2708)
17 Jan 07
That is what I usually do turn them round, but yesterday I bought 2 big scented candles and when I went to light them earlier this evening they had both burned down to half a candle on the inside, but the outside still looked nearly new. grrrr and because now they have burnt so low it is difficult to light them. Thank you for your response. :)
• United States
23 Jan 07
you're not buying good candles if they aren't buring evenly. If you need a good place to buy great candles from, let me know.
@minxy67 (2708)
24 Jan 07
Thank you for your response to my discussion, I have now found some candles that burn in jars they burn a lot better for me, I think it may have been that my house is draughty, also my candles are usually not very expensive ones. :)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yea, i had that problem with the dollar store candles too. They smell good, but dont burn well at all.
@minxy67 (2708)
24 Jan 07
Most of mine I pick up at the pound store, so it is similar place( I am from UK), its the smells I love, vanillas and white musk are some of my favourites. :)
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
3 Apr 13
I also like candles and I try to burn candles while the power is off and also when I wanted to save electricity. I have not seen any scented candles, but would like to know more about it and would love to use one.
• India
25 Mar 13
Thanks for this discussion, i have never heard about candles that emit some odor, do they add some scent to the wax or the wick, we have incense sticks that produce sweet smell. You must not burn candles under a fan or near window.
• United States
4 Apr 07
I have always heard to hug the candle, push it in on the sides if it is a 3 wick candle. Me personally, I sell candles that burn evenly. These are the best I have truly found. Yankee candles burn to quickly. It is like you light them a couple of times and BOOM they are gone. I found this company and have fallen in love with it. It is called Diamond Creek Candles. Please feel free to visit my website... www.diamondcreekcandles.com/c111 These candles are wonderful. They burn cool, not hot. They are soot free, which is a plus for me with a baby. They last longer than anyother candle I have had in a long time.
@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I bought one of those plug in candle burners where the candle basically turns to liquid from the bottom. I like it because if you lose the candle wick, you can find it. Plus it makes it burn evenly as opposed to lighting it.