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4 Tips to Avoid Candle Tunneling

4 Tips to Avoid Candle Tunneling

Candle tunneling isn't just a quirky term for candle enthusiasts—it's a real issue that can significantly reduce the lifespan of your favorite candles. When a candle tunnels, it burns down the middle, leaving a ring of hard wax around the edges. This not only wastes your candle but also diminishes its ability to emit its full fragrance. To help you get the most out of your candles, here are four tips to prevent candle tunneling, ensuring a longer-lasting, more enjoyable experience.

First, the initial burn is crucial. When lighting a new candle, allow it to burn long enough so the wax melts across the entire surface, all the way to the edges of the container. This usually means letting it burn for about one hour for every inch in diameter of the candle. Failing to do so can result in tunneling right from the start, as the wax memory ensures it will continue to burn down this path in future uses.

Second, avoid placing candles near drafts, fans, or air conditioning units. Moving air can disrupt the flame, causing uneven burning and potential tunneling. Keep your candle in a stable environment for even heat distribution.

Third, keep your wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch. A longer wick can cause an uneven burn, contributing to tunneling. Before each burn, trim the wick to help control the flame size and encourage a more even melt pool.

Fourth, consider using a candle warmer if you notice your candle has begun to tunnel. Candle warmers gently heat the entire candle, allowing the tunneled wax to melt and level out without the need for an open flame. This can be a great way to salvage a candle that has already started to tunnel.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your candles to their fullest potential, ensuring a full melt pool and preventing the frustration of tunneling. Not only will your candles last longer, but you'll also benefit from their complete aromatic experience. Happy burning!