Candle Wick Very Thin and Flame Struggling

I bought a large "Kathy Ireland" home baked jar candle yesterday. I paid more than I normally would for a candle. But it was so pretty and smelled so good. I burned it yesterday for about three hours.

This morning I re-lit it and it's been burning for another two hours. The wax is about one quarter inch melted, but the wicks are as thin as a hair and the flame is "struggling" to burn. I don't know why they would use such cheap, thin wicks in such an expensive candle. I know once I blow it out, it will not relight or burn again. There is still at least six inches of un-melted candle left. How can I salvage this?

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By Erika from Tallahassee, FL

January 28, 20100 found this helpful

You might try getting one of those electric candle warmers. I am not sure how to fix the wick. I do know the candle warmers are relatively cheap and can usually be found in dollars stores and stuff. I have been using mine for awhile now and I can't tell a difference.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

If you are that unhappy with the candle, return it. I sympathize with your experience as I notice the same thing happens to me. Sometimes cheap candles burn well, sometimes expensive ones are junk. I have better luck with 3-4 oz. candles in glass. The larger ones with one wick don't burn well IMO.

When I have a dud candle, I melt the unburned portion in a candle warmer as spiderhannah mentioned. I use a device that is supposed to keep a coffee cup warm. I place the glass candle holder on this and it gradually melts and releases the scent. I have created my own candles out of this old wax using purchased wicks from Michael's Crafts, but they don't burn very well.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

I've read that you can use the warmer plate of a coffee maker to warm a candle and spread the scent. This could save you $ from having to buy a separate candle warmer and still provide the same effect.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Return the candle.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Return it.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

When burning a new candle don't burn it longer then 20 to 30 minutes the first time. Also after burning a candle cut or break off the wick so it's not longer then a quarter of an inch. That will keep a pillar candle from melting on the sides and leaking wax from the side. It also stops the wick from falling and drying into the melted wax. When you blow out a candle put your finger in front of the flame and blow. That will prevent melted wax from blowing all over your table.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

I must agree with the concensus of opinion...return it. If it was a cheap candle, I would go to a craft store, such as Michael's, and purchase a new candle wick. Put the jar in a pot of hot water and simmer until the wax melts, then insert the new wick in the melted wax and let the wax harden.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

This truly has nothing to do with expensive or cheap! It has to do with how you are treating the candle and wick :-( I've burned hundreds of candles of many types in my lifetime and when I don't follow the rules of thumb is when they've become ruined :-( Here's a couple of links to explain candle care:

http://everything2.com/title/How+to+take+care+of+candles

http://www.spiralwicks.com/101.html

Please be kind and don't saddle the store you purchased it from with a monetary loss because of a mistake you made by returning it :-( Doing that is one of the reasons prices keep rising because the stores have to recoup these types of losses somehow :-(

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

You figured it out yourself. Cheap, thin wick. Always look for nice thick wick. I learned my lesson after throwing away candles with thin wicks that refused to burn. Now I use battery candles. Much safer, especially with pets. If you use wax candles, be sure to trim the wick to 1/4" before lighting it each time.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

I'd also look them up on their website (Google search) and write a polite, positive, but clear letter telling them about your dissatisfaction with their product. Include your address. Often brands/manufacturers/retailers will send a coupon or some other incentive in the name of good customer relations. Good Luck.

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February 3, 20100 found this helpful

I've burned many, many candles, both expensive and cheap. Rule of thumb is 1/4" wick and to burn the candle 1 hour for each inch of width.

Sometimes, for some candles, that just doesn't seem to work. I recently bought an expensive candle with the wooden wick (which was very thin). As much as I loved the scent, I had to keep pouring wax out to keep the candle burning. I never throw wax away as I save it to make new candles. When I had a pot-full of wax and about 1/3 of the candle left, I cut the rest of the wax out and melted it to make new candles. Sometimes that's all you can do. I won't buy that brand ever again.

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