Are your candles smoking?
We are at the end of our craft show season, and once again the most common question people come up to me and ask is “Why do my candles smoke so much?”
I’d love to cast blame on paraffin or on low-quality fragrances manufacturers use – but that is not the truth. All candles – anything you burn – casts off a small amount of soot (smoke). However, an excessive amount of smoke is a sign of an unhappy candle.
I cannot say it enough, and no I am not yelling at you, but…
KEEP YOUR WICKS TRIMMED!!!
As you can see from our picture, our candles burn lovely, with minimal smoking (when blown out), because we keep the wicks trimmed. We create high quality candles with premium wax and fragrances, which also reduces the amount of soot.
So why oh why do even my candles soot sometimes? I will be totally honest: I leave my candles burning for too long. I walked into our bathroom yesterday and was disgusted at the sight of a blackened votive jar. It was 9 pm. I had lit the candle that morning, at 7 am and let it burn until it burned out. The candle wasn’t to blame. It was user error.
Large burn pool in a small votive = soot.
Low quality wax or low quality fragrance, high fragrance load, drafts that you may not notice, … these can contribute to excessive smoking too.
The best cure for smoking candles is to keep your wicks trimmed. The second way to prevent any smoking when you blow out your candle is to get yourself a wick dipper and dip that sweet little wick down into the wax, then straighten it up again. Once the wax pool has hardened, trim it. CleanCut used to have a wonderful set of both trimmer & dipper, but they sold their company to someone else, and I can no longer get deals when I buy them (or I would pass that on to you).
I will never give up on candles. They are incomparably lovely. But… dare I say it again… let’s keep our wicks trimmed.