The luxury of electric lights are nice, but most people forget that they are just that: a luxury.
When SHTF, odds are you’ll have to rely on candles for some type of light source. The inherent problem with candles is they don’t burn indefinitely.
Here are seven tips to keep your candles burning brighter and longer:
Tip #7 – Keep Wick Trim
Long wicks can actually make a candle burn too quickly. Trim the wick about 1/4 inch before each lighting.
Tip #6 – Prevent The Tunnel
You have probably seen a “tunnel” form at the base of the wick. This can actually be prevented by burning your candle to the “time of its diameter.” This means that if your candle is three inches in diameter, you should burn it for about three hours.
Tip #5 – Look For Teardrop
If your candle’s flame doesn’t burn in a teardrop shape, but rather flickers or smokes – put it out and relight.
Tip #4 – Avoid Wind
Wind and drafts can affect the way your candle’s flame burns, causing wicks to burn unevenly. Keep candles out of wind for the best success.
Tip #3 – Get a Candle Warmer
Candle warmers act as their name suggests by heating up a candle as opposed to actually lighting it. This method is used primarily for scented candles in order to benefit from their aromatherapy properties.
Tip #2 – Correct Storage
Keep your candles away from light and away from extreme heat or cold. Never set them on anything but a flat surface to avoid warping. Your candles will treat you as well as you treat them!
Tip #1 – The First Burn Sets The Pace
The first burn is ultimately the most important. To ensure that your candle burns consistent and clean, do not extinguish your candle until a wax pool forms close to the wick and just about touches the outer edge of the candle.