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Can somebody please put me straight on the correct way to test a candle.

Do you have to burn 3 hours at a time, or only the first burn for 3 hours? Does it matter if i don't get a full melt pool the first burn? Will it catch up on the 2nd? How long do you leave between burns? When do you do a marathon burn? Or is that just for containers?

*takes a deep breath* :D


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Test Burning:

  • Test burn a candle for a minimum of 3-4 hours each time.
  • The candle should sit 4-5 hours between lightings.
  • Repeat 4-5 times, or to the end of the candle, before deciding which wick is best.
    • NOTE: Getting a candle to burn to the edge in the first 3-4 hours is not always the best way to judge how good a wick is. Too big a wick can lead to a poor burning candle that may smoke.

    [*]Once the wick is narrowed down to the “right” size, several more candles should be produced under the same test conditions as before and then burned to their entirety.

    [*]Be sure to test the chosen wick in several different colors and scents.

    [*]Quite often, it may be necessary to chose more than one wick per candle type based on color and fragrance content.


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ooh thats good :)

can I butt in and ask one question please if anyone can answer' date=' I hope Anjie won't mind.

How far from the edge should a good performing wick burn?[/quote']


I just went into the Search engine and posted the threads that had the most responses, for the most part. I thought that we could get more diverse questions and answers putting them all in one area. I like to research and read!

Hope this helped you out!

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Our Sample Kits are a great way to test new sizes & types of wicks without having to buy a whole bag of each size! We strongly recommend this for beginners! Each sample kit include 5 of each size pre-tabbed wick available for that wick type.

flickerflame.gif Wick Testing Tips: When test burning, be sure to trim your wick to 1/4" before lighting, and make note of the time it was lit. Burn candles for 1 hour for each inch of their diameter (ie: 2 hrs for a 2" diameter jar). You want to achieve a full side-to-side melt pool, no deeper than about 1/2". If you do not feel the wick is burning properly for that candle, extinguish the wick and allow candle to fully cool. With a pair of pliers, pull the wick out of the candle and discard it. Choose another size or type of wick and cut off the tab, then drop the wick down into the hole in the wax and re-test burn. You can continue to do this until you feel you've found the right wick for the candle. Just be careful not to burn it down too close to the bottom of the jar as the wick is no longer anchored and may fall over or float, causing the jar to get too hot! Never sell a candle without the wick properly anchored to the bottom of the container! This is for testing purposes only!


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I was just curious to know if there is a recommended time I should wait to test burn my container candles. I usually wait a day...should I wait longer? Or can I burn them as soon as they are cold to the touch?


Cure time with all soy wax candles is a very interesting question that needs to be answered on two levels: 1. the functional level for your processing/packaging cure cycle and then 2. a scientific level for total cure time.

Container candles cure so that they are ready to move off of a production table and even package within a few hours. With containers, the larger the container, the longer the wax cure time. This can range from an hour for a small container to 8 hours for a large apothecary jar. Votive candles cure to the point that they can be extracted from a mold in about 45 minutes. Pillars can be extracted from molds in several hours. The larger the mold, the longer the cure time for mold extraction. Do not rush mold extraction or you can damage your candle and make it more difficult to clean your mold with residue wax adhesion.

After a day you can be confident that the surface and appearance of all soy candles would be stable enough to package and ship.

Robin's question about cure time to carry out burn tests brings us to the scientific level of cure time of the Phytowax/Soyawax products. Lipid vegetable oils such as the all natural components in Phytowax products require 72 hours to settle back into a permanent molecular structure at room temperature after the heating and processing of the wax. For this reason, I would not put a candle out for retail sale and customer burning or carry out burn tests until this full 72 hour cycle of structural change is complete with the component vegetable oils.

Best regards; Mike Richards, The Chandler Guild technical advisor


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That was awesome FHG!!!

That was the next thing on my must search list!

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That was awesome FHG!!!

That was the next thing on my must search list!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

lol! Now that made you happy. I'm glad!

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