posted on Apr, 3 2021 @ 06:31 PM
Now, this topic may be a little "feminine" for some here, but trust my loafers are fully weighted. In any case, I like candles. They're very old
school, and I like (and collect) old oil lamps too. As I have noted in the past I'm am very into old west customs (including cast iron for cooking,
At the same time, I can be kind of OCD about things, and one of them is unburnt candles, or candles which burn unevenly. A good balsam candle or
evergreen candle can be a very nice thing in a rustic home, and having them go to waste is, well, a waste. So, what to do?
It's easy enough to make some candles, but I don't. They're far easier to buy, but I like to buy quality woodsy type candles. Here are some tips
for candles (for those interested). If not interested, then no need to reply.
1. Assist a candle to burn evenly to begin with. If it's in a jar, shield the side which is still solid wax to heat it up so the candle burns evenly
across. never let a candle "tunnel" (i.e. make a divot).
2. Always trim the wick before you light a candle. The wick should be short. If it's not, the flame will get too hot and tunnel the candle. Make
sure to trim the wick before you light the candle. Otherwise the carbon wick will wind up in the melted wax and make it smell burnt.
3. Some candles just burn out. Even Yankee candles (reputed to be the best, but I would contest this). When they do, it's time to consider
re-wicking them. This is really easy, and the interwebz will make it seem way harder than it really is. All you have to do is soak some butcher
twine in some olive oil or cooking oil for about 1 minute and then dip the string in some melted wax. Then stick the string into the candle
(sometimes you have to drill a hole).
4. When all else fails, and your candle just won't light anymore, then do this; put your candle in a pot of boiling water and melt the wax. Pull out
all the wicks and try to clean out the wax as much as possible. Then, re-cast the wax in a candle container with a wick (from above)...and you're
good to go! You can do this with multiple old candles, but I try to keep them separate, both in color and scent.
Hope this helps!