Guntapol Sripairoj/ShutterstockLight bulbs have never really been your thing. Sure, Tesla coils seem like a cool concept and all, but you’ve always had this love of the old school. You’ve always been a candle guy, so much so that you changed your name to John Wick. (Did you ever wonder how much it costs to light the Eiffel Tower? This is the monument’s daily electric bill.)
But your passion can’t protect you from an error you’ve been making your whole life; you’ve been burning candles all wrong. But you can turn it all around with a few simple steps, courtesy of Insider.
The first step to making sure that your candle doesn’t end up looking like a nasty, hollow shell of its true potential is to take a pair of scissors to the wick. Trim the wick so that it’s about a third of its original length. This will give you a more tame, brighter burn and will prevent those nasty black smoke marks from developing along the top of candle jar.
The next step of the process might take a while, so be sure to clear your trapper keeper of all major events for the next few hours. You don’t want your desire to have a well-burnt candle turn into regret because you have a well-burnt house. Light your candle, and then allow the top layer of the wax to melt all the way across. Afraid of getting candle wax on your table? Here’s how to remove candle wax from any surface in your home.
Letting the wax melt across the top surface area of the candle prevents the process of tunneling, which happens when just the wax within the direct radius of the wick melts, and the wick slowly but surely sinks deeper and deeper into the candle. This process will end up wasting plenty of perfectly good wax that will go unused and will also make the wick exponentially harder to light as time wears on.
And the final bit of advice is to only burn your candle in a vacuum. If a perfect vacuum is not available to you, just make sure the candle isn’t near any sources of moving air; fans, storybook wolves, air conditioning units, what have you. A perpetually moving flame will cause an irregular burn and higher likelihood of a smoke-marked candle jar.