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How To Burn a Candle

We offer alot of great candles here at The Funeral Program Site. We are the only place you can get these candles because we manufacture them ourselves and our artwork oftne matches that of our popular template backgrounds. For wax burning candles, we do recommend you follow some guidelines to ensure an even burn so it preserves the artwork around the candle.

These tips and guidelines are not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Please use common sensememorial candles when burning any candle. We hope you enjoy your candle as much as we enjoyed making it for you! 

It is a good idea to educate yourself on the best practices for candle burning in order to get the best effective use of your memorial candle. You can also choose not to burn your candle and just use it as a display or memorial piece. They are a great accompaniment to the funeral service programs.

If you following these general guidelines, your candle will burn evenly and safely.

General Candle Burning Tips:

  • Never leave any candle burning unattended.
  • Make sure to place candles in a draft-free area.
  • Keep burning or lit candles away from children and pets.
  • Never leave wick trimmings, matches, or any other material in the wax pool as these can create a fire hazard.
  • Dispose of all packing materials or foreign matter before lighting the candle.
  • Be careful to make sure that decoration items do not come in contact with the flame of the candle.
  • Keep your burning candles away from any flammable objects.
  • When the wick becomes too short, the resulting flame will give unsatisfactory burning. To correct this, extinguish the flame and carefully pour off the liquid wax. Relight the candle; allow it to burn for about one hour. If the flame is still too small repeat process until the flame is able to continue to burn the wax it has melted with a normal flame size.
  • Direct sunlight and strong ultraviolet light will fade the color of your candle. Avoid areas where the candle can come in contact with direct sunlight or prolonged exposure to strong lighting.
  • Prolonged exposure of candles to temperature below 40 degrees F. could cause the wax to crack. Prolonged exposure of candles to temperatures above 80 degrees F. will cause the wax to soften which will warp tapers and cause candles to lose their original shape.
  • To maximize the burning of pillar candles allow enough burning time for melted wax to reach within 1/4 inch of the edge. Continuous short burning times will cause the candle to tunnel resulting in a drowned wick and wasted wax. Caution: When liquid wax reaches the edge of the candle the wax at the edge becomes soft. Continuous burning at this point could result in liquid wax running down the side. If this happens the flame will continue to melt wax faster and continue the erosion of wax along the side of the candle in a straight line that makes the candle appear to have a crack. The resulting spilled wax runs out over the holder and onto furniture, tablecloths, and carpet causing a lot of unpleasantness. If someone responsible is not going to be around to care for a candle with liquid wax close to the edge, it is better to extinguish the candle for re-lighting at a later time.

  • Votive candles turn to liquid and must be burned in a container. To maximize burning time always burn a votive and refills inside of containers approximately the same size of the candle. Remove any unused wax tabs and other debris from votive cup before placing new votive into cup. Keep the flame from getting too close to the container. The heat from the flame could cause the container to crack. Trim the wick after every use to avoid a long wick and overburning.
  • For candles in a container: Always place the candle on a heat resistant holder. When the candle burns down to the bottom of the container there could be enough heat to damage the furniture on which the candle is sitting. Keep the flame from getting too close to the container. The heat from the flame could cause the container to crack. Handle burning container candles with care. The melted wax and flame can cause the containers to be too hot to handle. To be additionally safe, when the wax level is from 1/4 to 1/2 from the bottom of container, you should discontinue use and avoid the possibility of the container cracking.
  • Glass containers are particularly fragile and heat concentrated in one area could cause the glass to break. Special care should be taken to protect surface and surrounding areas from hot broken glass and melted wax.
  • When the candle is extinguished the black part of wick is fragile. Sometimes when cleaning or moving, wick may get broken. This will affect the burning of the candle. When the wick is too short the liquid level may drown the flame. If this happens you will need to carefully pour off the liquid wax after you extinguish the flame. You may need to do this more than once until you get the proper size flame.

  • Make sure to keep any debris out of candle, such as match parts or trimmed wick.

  • For best results use a candlesnuffer.
  • Be careful that clothing or hair does not come too close to flame. Remember to never lean too close over a burning candle. Be careful not to spill or force liquid wax onto surrounding area.
  • For best and safest burning of your candle, keep wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch above the wax surface. Avoid placing candle in a draft. A draft will cause the flame to melt one side of candle more than the opposite side, which could result in melted wax running over the edge. A draft will also cause the flame to flicker which produces soot. When your candle is in a draft- free area check to see if the top part of the flame flickers and dances. When this does occur, you will probably also notice short bursts of soot. This is an indication that the wick is too long.

We know you will enjoy any of the memorial candles we offer. They are unique and beautiful and our families love them. Purchase them as cherished keepsakes and can be a source of comfort through the mourning process and beyond. `