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How to Make Pillar Candles Last Longer

Updated on March 13, 2011

There is nothing more impressive than a display of pillar candles in your home. A group of lighted pillar candles can brighten up the darkest corner and a single lighted pillar with its dancing flames can add a subtle yet unmistakable sense of drama to any setting.

Pillar candles can range in size from smaller candles that have two or three wicks to absolutely gigantic pieces with as many as six wicks. While these types of candles are a favorite among homeowners everywhere, the one drawback is that they burn down unevenly and sometimes need to be thrown out before they are completely used up.

There are a few things you can do to make sure that your pillared beauties last as long as possible. One of the things you can do is to learn the right way to burn these candles so that they do not have to be thrown out before their time.

Choose Candles with Evenly-spaced Wicks

Multi-wick candles can bathe any room with a soft, romantic glow. However, when the wicks are too close together, they could cause the wax between them to melt too fast, causing the candle to cave in. When buying pillar candles, make sure the wicks are evenly spaced out throughout the candle.

Trim the Wicks

If the wicks are too long, trim them down to about ¼ to 3/4th of an inch in length. Do this before you light the wicks the first time and repeat the process each time you burn the candle. Keeping the wick trimmed is one of the most effective ways to extend the life of your pillar candles. Additionally, shorter wicks emit less smoke and ensure more even flickering.

Keep the Candle Away from Drafts

Drafts cause the flame to flicker excessively, which will result in uneven heating and melting, causing the candle to melt faster.

Limit the Burn Time

The ideal burn time for a pillar candle is until a pool of melted wax is close to the rim of the pillar without breaking through. This could be between two to four hours; smaller candles may melt much faster.

Pillar candles make stunningly beautiful decorative accents. Taking the time to learn how to make them last longer will allow you bask in their beauty and aroma for many hours.


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