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The Importance of the First Burn: Preventing Tunneling for a Perfect Candle Experience


In this blog, we will shed light on the significance of the first burn and its impact on your candle's performance. Join us as we explore how wax has a memory and why ensuring a fully level melt pool is crucial in preventing tunneling. Discover practical tips to correct tunneling and unlock the full potential of your candles.

1. Wax's Memory: Understanding the Science Wax has a remarkable memory, meaning it remembers the burn pattern from its previous use. During the first burn, the wax's memory is established, setting the foundation for subsequent burns. It's essential to create an optimal burn pattern right from the start to avoid potential issues like tunneling.

2. The Dangers of Tunneling: A Candle Lover's Nightmare Tunneling occurs when the candle's wax does not melt evenly across the entire diameter, leaving a "tunnel" of unburned wax around the wick. This can hinder the candle's performance, waste valuable wax, and diminish the overall aesthetic appeal. Tunneling not only affects the visual aspect but also hampers the scent throw and may shorten the candle's overall burn time.

3. Correcting Tunneling: Steps to Salvage Your Candle a. The Rescue Mission: Ensure a Proper First Burn To prevent tunneling, allow your candle to burn long enough during the first burn to achieve a fully level melt pool across the entire surface. Aim for approximately 1 hour per inch in diameter. This allows the wax to melt to the edges, erasing any memory of previous burn patterns.

b. Trim the Wick: The Key to Balanced Burning Trim the wick to approximately ¼ inch before each subsequent burn. This promotes a controlled flame and helps prevent the wick from creating excess heat, which can contribute to uneven melting and tunneling.

c. Patience is a Virtue: Extend Burn Times Ensure your candle has sufficient burning time during each session. Avoid extinguishing the flame prematurely, especially if a full melt pool has not been achieved. This allows the wax to evenly melt, discouraging tunneling and ensuring a clean and efficient burn.

d. Embrace the Long Burn: Enjoy Your Candle Fully To prevent tunneling, make sure to enjoy longer burning sessions. Allow your candle to burn for at least 2-3 hours each time or until a fully level melt pool is achieved. This allows the wax to melt evenly, eliminating the risk of tunneling and maximizing your candle's longevity.


As you now understand the importance of the first burn and the potential consequences of tunneling, you are equipped with the knowledge to ensure a perfect candle experience. Remember, a well-burning candle brings joy, warmth, and enchantment to any space. By following the steps outlined above and taking the time to establish a fully level melt pool during the first burn, you can prevent tunneling and enjoy the full potential of your candles. Embrace the art of candle care, and let our handcrafted creations fill your world with captivating scents and a radiant glow.

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