Archive for July, 2011

Wick Trimming 101

Every candle warning label states “keep wick trimmed”.  First and foremost wicks need to be kept trimmed for safety.  Never forget you have an open flame in your home. The larger the flame the greater the risk.  With jar candles, an untrimmed wick can overheat the jar and cause it to bust.  A pillar candle can exceed the melt point and cause a hole to blow out the side.  If either of these events occur there for certain will be a mess and the potential for your home to catch fire.  The failure to trim wicks will also lead to black smoke/soot.  When trimming the wick do not leave the trimmings in the candle.  The flame you want burning can also catch the trimmings on fire which can cause overheating and the same results as if you never trimmed at all! This is also true of any matches used to light your candles – do not throw them in the candle.  Not trimming can also impact the quality of the burn of your candle and shorten the burn time. Never trim a candle that is burning: extinguish flame, trim, remove trimmings, then relight. The wick trimmers we offer have an angle design allowing you to trim any size jar with ease – even large ones that are close to being done.  http://www.countrycandler.com/wt.html

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Candle Soot/Excessive Smoke

When a burning candle has excessive smoke or soot it is an indication you need to trim your wick.  No one wants black soot to be on their ceiling and walls.  The higher the scent load (amount of fragrance) the greater the chance for smoking to occur.  It is imperative to keep the wick trimmed as short as possible to avoid this from happening.  See smoke – trim!  But of course there are a few of you - I call you “candle abusers” who exceed the manufacturer’s recommended burn times and refuse to trim your wicks.  If you are in this category, then invest in a soot blocker.  The soot blocker fits over a jar and captures the soot protecting your walls and ceilings.  Ours sell for $11.95 - very inexpensive compared to repainting! Available in two finishes   http://www.countrycandler.com/jars.html

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Apparently I just HAVE to have a blog. I must admit I don’t understand why. How much can I tell you about candles that you really want to know? I can go on for hours of course about how they are made and how strong my fragrances are and how long my burn time is and how many scents I carry and how many different formats my products are available in- but how long before your eyes glaze over? I suspect this will spiral into something other then candle talk very quickly. Since this is my first blog ever, I’m not going to worry too much about what I say as I doubt anyone will ever see it. Personally, there is only one blog I read and that is Kurt Sutter’s. Now if anyone actually does see this – before you go searching for sutterink, I need to warn you if you are easily offended – stay away!!! Sutter is a genius and hilarious, but he has very colorful language. So that is the extent of my knowledge of blogs. So who knows what this will turn into or if it will ever be seen. But I am doing as I’ve been instructed by Tami of Aries Marketing as she is the professional and me well I’m just a candle maker.

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