Candle burning problems
So you got a new candle, and now you're experiencing problems with it. You're starting to see a tunnel in the middle of your candle; the wick won't stay lit, or the flame is too low. Sounds about right? Here are some tips on how to troubleshoot these problems.
- Your candle has a tunnel/crater in the middle. If you are experiencing this, it's because you did not achieve a complete melt pool when you first burned your candle. Meaning, you did not allow the wax to melt across the container. To fix this, use a hairdryer. Hold the hairdryer over the top of the candle until the top layer of wax has melted and smoothed.
- Your candle won't stay lit. If your candle is not lighting at all, scrape off some of the wax around the wood wick and try lighting it again.
- Your candle flame is low. If you have a very low flame, carefully use a napkin to soak up the melted wax when your candle is lit. This is happening because the wax is the fuel to the wick, and there is just too much fuel for the candle to catch. Soaking up melted wax will solve this problem.