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  1. Coffee House from FC isn't half bad.
  2. This post is probably going to help me more than any other post I've ever read because it clears up a lot of misconceptions and expectations that I've "learned" are necessary to indicate that a candle is properly wicked.
  3. Turns out that was pretty much the final burn. I lit them this morning and they burned for about 5 minutes later. There was still quite a bit of wax on the bottom so I popped out the wick pin and wow, it was twice as long as the wick pins I see on pre-wicked wicks. Not sure how they get a full burn on the bottom with a wick pin that tall. Regardless, I can't complain about their customer service. I contacted them this morning through their Facebook page and they were very apologetic and said they would send replacement candles. I'll update this post when I see how the new candles burn.
  4. "Our Own Candle Company" $5.95 Hi guys. I've been away for awhile but still been plugging away. I got frustrated with tins so moved away from them a awhile. This weekend I went and purchased a couple of commercial 8 oz tins so I could see what a successful burn would actually look like . I'm assuming this ain't it. I'm wondering if the sides will melt down eventually but even if they do (and I don't have a lot of faith that they will with the burn time that's probably left and how much hang up there is on the side). If the sides do melt down before the candle burns out would you consider this a successful burn? Should this be what I expect to see or am I, in my inexperience, looking for something that's not going to happen with a tin?
  5. It's a conspiracy I tell you. I am *surrounded* by Candle Supply stores. All of them right at 4 hours away. I will be spending a week in Pigeon Forge over the Christmas Holiday so that will put me right at Aztec. Might have to stock up while I'm in the area and save on some of those shipping charges.
  6. That sorted itself out after they sat for a couple of days. Now I'm messing around with wicks. FC's wick recommendation for PB600 was Premiers but I get absolutely no HT. I put a candle in our bathroom that was wicked with a premier and asked wife to rate the scent strength from 1-10. She gave it a zero. Same candle with an ECO wick she gave a 7. Trying zinc vs Eco at the moment.
  7. That Coffee House is just awesome!
  8. Do you typically use the same percentage of F.O. in your melts and tarts as you do your candles or do you find that you end up using more/less? Thanks!
  9. Hey all. Anyone out there with ProBlend 600 experience? I just started playing with it and love everything about it but, wow, is it soft. I cored a candle I made a couple of days ago to take a look through the middle to see if there were any air bubbles, etc. What I found is that the wax in the center of the candle was the consistency of thick peanut butter. The surface of the candle is somewhat firm but you can still make an impression with a bit, but not a lot, of effort. Is this something that will firm up somewhat as the candle ages? Are you having to use Vybar or Stearic or some other additive? Or is it one of those out of sight, out of mind, don't worry about it things. Just concerns me how it's going to hold up in warmer weather if it remains that soft
  10. I started playing with that ProBlend 600 that I had laying around. So far, I really like it. It's very early in the testing process but the pour was great. No wet spots to speak of and the flame is just perfect. No issues with HT, at least with this scent (FC Apple Cinnamon @ 6.5%). Crossing my fingers that it nothing falls apart a few burns in.
  11. Thanks for the info all. I had a couple that I felt were getting warm but I don't think they were anywhere near 140 and certainly not near 170. I'd say they were equivalent to a very hot cup of coffee. Not hot enough that you couldn't hold them but hot enough that you certainly noticed it. I didn't have my temp gun with me and didn't think about it before I blew it out but I'll start checking them more closely.
  12. Container candles heat up quite a bit as the wax gets lower and lower in the container. I've searched around and I can't find an answer to a simple question: How hot is too hot?
  13. Look what I found. A thread discussing what we've been discussing. Pic is of a CD16 in an 8 oz tin with 6.5% of Frasier Fir from FC. You really can't even tell the difference in the MP between a CD10, 12, 14, and 16. The only difference is how well it cleans up when it gets down to the bottom. The only test that I've had that didn't leave a lot of wax in the corners of the bottom of the tin was straight 6006 with a CD16. I'm going to have to move away from trying to use 6006 in tins I guess. I can get it to work in smaller glass containers but tins just aren't working no matter what combination of wick series or size for any of the at least 10 different scents I've tried.
  14. I told her yesterday that she needs to just slow it down some. Not even considering the candle making process there has to be a business plan. Not only does haste make waste it also causes mistakes and some of those mistakes can get right costly. I shared the experiences you guys have had and she seems to have settled down somewhat. I basically told her that while I've made candles that we burn around the house what I've actually accomplished so far is getting a fairly decent grip of how the making and testing process should go but the mainly I've learned how much I don't know.
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