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    An Arizona-based candle maker who is try to start a business selling his creations. I make container candles of parasoy and pillars with paraffin. I currently use four different containers.
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  1. All FOs need testing as to how how % you need to add and (as you said) room size will be a factor as well as the type of warmer but 8% will fill a large room and more. To know how much the wax will hold, testing is the only way to know for sure.
  2. 4625 FO load is listed as 6%, I make my melts and candles at between 7% and 8%. For me it's a happy place in terms of the CT, HT, and the wick. Adding more gives me bigger mushrooms and would force me to find a larger or hotter wick. So, my blend can easily support that load. Melts, of course, don't need a wick so going higher may be possible but the soy wax that I use supports 6% to 9% so I'd have to make even more changes to go higher.
  3. I might as well join in too, I use 4624 and soy container wax 50/50. Great HT and spent wax comes out of the bowls with just a little coercion. The cubes release from the clam-shell very easily.
  4. If those are 4 inch diameters, you could try 2 CD5 wicks.
  5. Don't go for a FMP on the first burn, by the end of the candle you will have a hot and sooty mess. As for wicks I use a variety as dictated by the container size and the FO. These wicks are HTP, ECO, and CD. Many people use zinc with great success but I have not tried them.
  6. I use 4630 and rub into slightly sunken tops only with larger diameter containers. While it's supposed to be a single pour wax, it does shrink a little. Why yours are behaving as they are I can't explain. I heat to 185, add cold FO, heat to 180, stir, and pour at 175 into cold containers. The containers are nestled on a cork mat and left to cool. I am not a believer in curing but do wait a week to test burn. Not all FOs will work in all waxes. To test if it is the wax or your system, make some melts and test those. If you get good HT, then your system is not optimized and, most likely, you need to find a different wick. I find that a weaker burn works better than a more vigorous one.
  7. Feel free to use any of it. Yes, the topic is complex and there seems to be no easy answers. Being "green" is more complex than people realize.
  8. I can add some info to this since I am a molecular biologist and have done extensive research into GMOs (making them). The above PCR analysis is valid to a limited extent and is frequently used in schools to teach PCR but you need soy flour. PCR is a technique that amplifies small quantities of DNA into larger amounts which can then be studied. The first problem here is that the 35S promoter is not the only one in use; second is that the DNA is required to do the test and the fact that soy oil is purified and then chemically processed to become soy wax, the likelihood of DNA being present is slim. Third, what people are concerned about is not the DNA but the proteins that are made from the DNA, this is what people are potentially allergic too. None of those will be present in soy wax because the what I stated above, soy wax is a refined and processed material. In other words, none of the markers that we can use to tell us if the soy wax is GMO or not are not present in soy wax. A negative result does not eliminate the possibility that the wax came from GMO soy. If a wax producer uses 100% USDA certified Organic Soy, then they may be able to claim non-GMO, that is provided the crop is not contaminated with GMO soy from a neighboring farm or other slip ups in the supply chain such as in grain storage.
  9. All true but what we really mean is paraffin wax, around here the "wax" is implied when we type paraffin. It is also true that both paraffin wax and soy wax are fully hydrogenated oils, the exact chemical structure of the two waxes is most likely different.
  10. Here's another fun fact for you, the oil (petroleum) that comes from the ground is a natural product. We didn't make it, we just harvest and refine it. It also 100% GMO free. Soy beans can cause deforestation, the use of pesticides, the use of synthetic fertilizers, soil salinization due to irrigation, soil destruction due to modern mechanized farming techniques and probably other items but you get my point. I'm not sure soy is grown "Organic" in enough abundance to supply all the the food and non-food demand. While it may be true that soy wax is sourced from US farmers, we still import and lot of soy that is not from organic farmers or produced in a sustainable manner. And, what happens to the soy meal after the oil is removed? Animal feed or is it treated with hexane for the extraction of soy protein? It is not as simple as some people would lead you to believe. In the end, buy a quality soy wax and make candles that make you happy. You are not destroying the world but you are not saving it either.
  11. What the heck does "locally grown" mean? How many local folks have the equipment to press soybeans and extract the oil and then hydrogenate it to turn it into wax? People will say anything to sell something. No wonder paraffin isn't sold the same way, "made from domestic petroleum from oil wells in the Great State of Texas". Buyer beware.
  12. Having worked in the Ag business I can tell you that most farmers are using GMO and it all gets mixed together as the crops are collected. Unless the soy is sourced from a particular grower (which I doubt), the odds are in favor that your wax will be derived from GMO soy. Since we are not eating the resulting wax I don't see an issue but if you just hate Monsanto and GMOs then that's another story. Nothing about candles are "green" whether they are paraffin or veggie, so using non-GMO doesn't address that issue.
  13. Did a small craft show this weekend, not one person asked me what my candles were made from. They were just concerned with the smell. Sold out of Frankincense and Myrrh BTW, a FO that the person sitting next to me said wouldn't sell.
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