At our national Convention this year, they put out a display of candles that had been partially burned. If you'll look closely, you can see 3 jars for each comparrison
- one that hasn't been burned
- one that has been burned & proper candle care has been used
- one that has been burned without proper candle care
The one with proper candle care shows a pretty clean jar while the one without is black from soot!
So what's the proper way to burn a candle to avoid the soot?
- use a wick dipper to extinquish the candle
- trim the wicks before burning
- keep out of any drafts
- burn for no more than 4 hours at a time
- ALWAYS extinguish the candle if you can see smoke being put off by the wicks, fix the problem (remove from draft or trim the wicks) and light again