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What is the difference between a tart plate warmer and a regular candle tart warmer?

Updated on April 14, 2015
Plate Warmer
Plate Warmer
Plate Warmer to Melt Candle Jars
Plate Warmer to Melt Candle Jars
Plug Wax warmer
Plug Wax warmer
Candle Warmer for Fragrance Oils or Small Amounts of wax
Candle Warmer for Fragrance Oils or Small Amounts of wax
Candle Warmer for Fragrance Oils or Small Amounts of wax
Candle Warmer for Fragrance Oils or Small Amounts of wax
Potpourri Crock - For Potpourri or Fragrance Oil
Potpourri Crock - For Potpourri or Fragrance Oil

Plate Warmers vs. Regular Warmers

To most people they just put their tarts in their warmer and let it melt and move on. To the home conoseour the differences goes beyond what their warmer looks like. The main difference is that a plate warmer is two pieces. The top piece holds the wax and can be removed, making it easier to clean. Plate warmers are good if you want to be able to place your already melted and now non fragrance wax in the freezer to be able to pop it out of the warmer more easily. They come in two pieces and you can even use your plate warmer to use a ceramic mug to warm your fragrances or a heat safe candle. Plate warmers are a heated flat disc you plug in.

A regular warmer is either a plug in or a tea light candle warmer. They are usually one piece.

Both types of warmers come in various shapes, sizes and colours. You should always be able to find one that fits your home's d├ęcor and your own style. Warmers are great as accent pieces in your home, as they add dimension to the colour and fragrance of your room and home.

Another good option is a potpourri cock. It is one piece usually that comes with a lid. It is a bowl that warms up but isn't flat on the bottom. I put water in mine halfway then add 20 drops of fragrance oils into it. It throws scent really good and most are decorative. Since it isn't flat on the bottom I don't suggest putting wax of any kind in it, it would be too difficult to clean out. The opening is also much smaller. Once the oil is released from the water you add more oil of either the same scent or of another. These are easy to change the water and clean. You can also put water potpourri in it and release scent from that but it isn't as clean and easy to remove from the warmer.

Plate warmers work great when you have a drowned candle and cannot get to the wick but there is still wax in the holder. You place the candle ON the disc and as it heats up the wax in the candle melts, throwing scent. This BTW is the cheapest option and you don't have to scoop out the wax or waste it.

Candle warmers that have a small dish above it are usually for fragrance oils. You can use a small amount of wax on them but they are so small that the scent won't last very long. Put some water on the small dish and add about 10 drops of fragrance oil, light the candle and off you go.

What is a tart? Tarts are just small scented pieces of wax without a wick. There is also tart bricks that you break off and melt. These are IMHO best with a plug in burner. They is different watts of lights that get warm enough for the ceramic to heat up and melt the soft wax. There are also tart warmers that use a tea light candle rather than the bulb to create the heat. (oil burners often use tea lights...BBW and Yankee Candle have tons) You may find lots of other companies that make tarts (Yankee Candle, Pittsburgh Soap, etc).

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