Mastering Candle Care: How to Prevent and Fix Candle Tunneling

Mastering Candle Care: How to Prevent and Fix Candle Tunneling

There's something magical about the soft glow and comforting scent of a burning candle. However, nothing can put a damper on that cozy atmosphere quite like candle tunneling. If you've ever experienced the frustration of a candle burning down the center while leaving untouched wax along the edges, fear not! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can prevent tunneling and salvage your beloved candles. Let's dive in.

What is Candle Tunneling?
Candle tunneling is a common issue where a candle burns straight down the center, leaving a tunnel of wax along the edges. This not only wastes precious wax but also shortens the lifespan of your candle and diminishes its fragrance throw.

Prevention Tips:
1. Trim the Wick: Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. Our Gold Wick Trimmer does this job perfectly and is pretty too! But in a pinch a good pair of scissors will do. A longer wick can create a larger flame, leading to uneven melting and tunneling. Trimming your wick before each burn also prevents that black, sooty flame.

2. Allow for Proper Burn Time: Ensure your candle burns for a sufficient amount of time during each use. Aim for at least 1 hour per inch of candle diameter to allow the wax to melt evenly across the entire surface. This is especially important for your first burn. It prevents tunneling from starting to begin with.Β 

3. Avoid Drafts: Drafts can disrupt the candle's flame and cause uneven burning. Keep your candles away from windows, fans, or air vents to maintain a steady burn.

4. Use a Candle Snuffer: Extinguish your candles with a snuffer instead of blowing them out. Blowing can cause wax splatter and disturb the wax pool, leading to tunneling in future burns.

5. Rotate the Candle: If you notice tunneling starting to occur, try rotating the candle periodically while it's burning. This can encourage the wax to melt evenly and prevent further tunneling.

Fixing Tunneling:
If tunneling has already begun, don't despair! One popular method for fixing tunneling involves using tin foil. Here's how:

1. Tear off a piece of tin foil long enough to wrap around the circumference of the candle and tall enough to cover the entire wax pool.

2. Gently wrap the tin foil around the candle, leaving a small opening at the top to allow air and heat to escape.

3. Light the candle and let it burn for a couple of hours. The tin foil will help reflect heat back onto the edges of the candle, encouraging the wax to melt evenly.

4. After a few hours, carefully remove the tin foil and extinguish the candle. You should notice that the wax pool has leveled out, and the tunneling has been remedied.

By following these simple tips for prevention and using the tin foil method for fixing tunneling, you can enjoy your candles to the fullest without the frustration of wasted wax. Remember to always practice candle safety and never leave a burning candle unattended. Happy candle burning!