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Why Is My Candle Giving Off Black Smoke?

Why Is My Candle Giving Off Black Smoke?

Black smoke emanating from scented candles can be caused by several factors. A too-hot candle, long wick, and dust and debris can all contribute to the production of black smoke.

If the candle is burning at too high a temperature, it can create black soot and emit smoke. Candle wicks that are too long or big can also cause the flame to burn inefficiently and produce black smoke.

Additionally, dust and debris present on the candle can form the same result. The type of candle wax used in the candle can also affect the amount of smoke produced, with some waxes being more prone to emitting black substances than others.

Why is Black Smoke Coming From My Candle?

If you've noticed black smoke coming from your candle, there could be several reasons behind it. Understanding the causes behind this issue can help you enjoy a cleaner, more efficient burning experience, and extend the life of your candles. Let's explore some common reasons why your candle might be producing black smoke.

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Causes of Black Smoke in Candle Burning

Firstly, ensure the wick is trimmed to ¼ inch before lighting the candle. This will prevent the wick from producing excessive smoke and soot.

Secondly, limit the burn time of the candle to four hours at a time to prevent the build-up of candle soot and black smoke. Before lighting the candle, always check for any dust or debris that may have settled on the candle, as this can also contribute to black smoke.

When disposing of wick trimmings, make sure to do so properly to avoid any potential fire hazards. Additionally, it's best to avoid using the candle in high-traffic areas for extended periods, as this can lead to soot buildup.

A smoking candle should be put out right away, safely, with a candle snuffer, whether it's container candles or pillar. If you're unsure you can always contact the candle manufacturers to ask about a steady flame and any tips for your favourite candles.

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Why is My Candle Flame So High?

If you notice that your candle flame is burning exceptionally high, the first thing to do is check the length of the wick. A long wick can cause a flame to burn too high, so it's important to trim it to a quarter of an inch using scissors or a wick trimmer.

If the flame continues to burn excessively high or flicker, it's best to extinguish the candle to prevent an unstable burn that could pose a fire hazard. Once the wick has been trimmed and the flame is at a more appropriate height, you can relight the candle and continue with your spiritual work.

A flickering candle flame can mean it's not the right size and is unstable. This can be down to the type of wax, say paraffin wax and soy candles having different melting points. Well-made candles would have undergone rigorous testing to ensure cleaner burns, less carbon dioxide output and safety. If a candle jar burns too quickly, it's melting the wax - the fuel source - too quickly. This can be a small wick, or the candle container not being the right size so the balance of heat to fuel ratio isn't sufficient.

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What to Do When Your Candle's Glass Turns Black on Top

Allow the candle's cleaner burn to melt the entire top layer to prevent tunnelling, which can lead to uneven burning and more black residue.

Also, the way you light a candle jar can produce a small area of black soot, say if you tip the candle jar to the side. This isn't a hazard and isn't a sign of excess soot, instead just one of the chemical reactions from the flame and the candle glass.

If black residue does accumulate on the candle glass, you can clean it off by using a damp cloth and mild soap. Gently wipe the affected areas to remove the buildup. Alternatively, you can try using a wick trimmer to remove excess carbon buildup. This tool is specifically designed to trim the wick and remove any debris, preventing it from falling back into the candle and causing black residue.

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