Until I started making candles I had no clue why sometimes my candles would tunnel, smoke and in one instance, break the glass...that was a mess!
|This candle needs about another hour before it has a full melt pool|
Important...When you first burn your new candle, do it when you have plenty of time...
To create a full melt pool, burn the candle for a minimum of one hour for every inch of it's diameter. (Example: mason jars have a 3" diameter. Burn for three hours the first time).
All future burns, no matter how long it is lit, should follow the first one's path and melt fully to the sides of your container. This also allows for a strong and long lasting scent throughout the life of your candle.
You will want to trim your wick to about 1/4" before each lighting to keep it from burning too hot. Although we use heat-safe glass, an improperly trimmed wick can create a high flame and temperature forming a deep melt pool and fatigue the glass causing a break.