Things to keep in mind... burn your candles safely!

We want you to enjoy burning your Candles, but you need to follow everyday common-sense safety rules when you burn your candles.

Make sure you never leave any burning candles unattended. I know we're all guilty of this, but extinguishing your candles when leaving a room for more than a moment is really the best practice.

Even more important is making sure you extinguish all burning candles before going to sleep at night.

Never place burning candles within 2 feet of any flammable materials such as clothing or curtains, books, or placemats on tables, or near boxes.

Keep burning candles away from any drafts, ceiling fans, or moving air currents of any kind.

Trimming the wick to 1/4 inch every time you light your candle not only keeps the flame from getting too big, but it will make your candle burn more efficiently.

Be mindful of whether or not small children or pets can knock over your candle, or touch the flame.

While Lone Star Candles & More does not recommend, nor sell, non-container candles, we do recognize that true candle lovers do enjoy taper and or pillar candles at times. If you choose to use taper or pillar candles, we would recommend that you take extra precaution to make sure your candle holders are very sturdy & stable, placed on heat resistant surfaces. Make sure that the base of those holders is large enough to contain any wax that overflows.

If you want to know more about why we do not recommend non-container candles, please click here to read about Kim's Aunt's house fire.

Make sure that you read and pay attention to all manufacturers' suggestions for the use and safe burning of your candles. Extinguish any candle if:

  • The flame is allowed to burn too close to the bottom of the container
  • The wick falls over, allowing the flame to be in direct contact with the glass, due to your candle burning too long.
  • You're using taper or pillar candles & since their wicks usually go all the way to the bottom, you should extinguish before the flame reaches the candle holder.

Make sure all burning candles are spaced at least 3 to 4 inches from one another.

You should NEVER use a burning candle as a nightlight.

You should not burn your candle for more than four hours at a time.

You may have heard the term, but What is a melt pool?

A full melt pool means the wax in your candle has been burning long enough to reach the edge of the container. A melt pool usually occurs in about 1 hour per inch of diameter. A full melt pool should be 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, which will allow the fragrance to disperse more entirely into the room.

"Mushrooming," the formation of what looks like a black mushroom shape after your candle wick has been burning for a while, is caused by carbon buildup due to the flame drawing more wax than it can burn. "Mushrooming" happens when the wick is slightly too large for the diameter of the candle.

The trimming of your candle wick to 1/4 inch before relighting is always recommended but even more important if mushrooming is occurring. At Lone Star Candles & More, we try to make sure that we use the correctly sized wicks, but not all fragrance and wax combinations burn precisely the same, and we apologize if this is happening to you. Please let us know.


Thursday, January 09, 2020 by Madison James