July 19, 2021

Why Is My Candle Smoking?

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Why Is My Candle Smoking?🔥

Unfortunately, with improper candle care smoking (soot) can occur. But no worries, we are candle experts and here to help you prevent this from happening with any candle.


First, I’ll explain what causes soot to occur... 


Constant flickering and smoking occur when the teardrop shape of the flame is interrupted, this allows small amounts of unburned carbon particles, or soot, to escape from the flame as a wisp of smoke. Any debris will add more fuel to the candle. 


If Too Much/ Too Little Air Reaches The Flame:

It will disturb the flame’s teardrop shape, causing it to create soot. To avoid this, always burn your candles in a well-ventilated room, away from drafts, vents or strong air currents.


Wick Trimming:

Sometimes the wicks can use a little extra trimming to keep the soot from appearing. For example; you may need to trim your wick, light the wick, blow it out after about 60 seconds, trim and light it again. Anytime a carbon ball forms (the black ball on top of the wick that kinda looks like a black piece of popcorn) it needs to be trimmed off, but don’t leave the debris in the candle, dump it out. 


Burn Time:

Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to “mushroom.” The wick becomes unstable and produces a dangerously large flame and your candle will start to smoke and release soot. It is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.


Now that you are a candle expert it’s time to stock up, with confidence! You know what you’re doing, now do your thing and fill that cart up! As we all know experts could still use some helpful tools to ensure the job gets done with efficiency, if you’re that expert grab a Stainless Steel Wick Trimmer to ensure your candle remains debris free. You got this!!! 

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