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You Will Need
- A candle
- Scissors or nail clippers
- A candle snuffer
Choose a candle
Choose a candle with a regular shape, such as a cylinder or sphere, preferably with multiple wicks. These burn more evenly and waste less wax.
Refrigerate the candle
Refrigerate the candle for at least one hour prior to lighting to slow the heating of the wax.
Place in a draft-free area
Place the candle in a draft-free area to limit uneven melting.
Read any instructions for burning that may have come with your candle.
Trim the wick
Trim the candle’s wick to ¼-inch with scissors or nail clippers prior to each use to reduce smoking and increase oxygen flow to the candle flame
Limit burning time
Limit the amount of time you leave a candle burning. Burn time should be two to four hours depending on the candle size.
Use a snuff
Use a candle snuff to extinguish your candle. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place when not in use.