These standard-sized paraffin taper candles have a 7/8" base and are available in a few different lengths. Thave a unique Spun Finish - a distinct linen-like visual texture. These terrific burning taper candles are hand-made by craftsmen in Massachusetts.
Fire can be beautiful, and fire can be ugly.
6 Simple Steps to Candle Safety (From The National Candle Association)
1) Don’t walk away Never leave a burning candle unattended. Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
2) Secure the Area Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper and flammable decorations. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
3) Keep from Kids and Pets Make sure children and pets cannot reach burning candles. Do not place lit candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
4) Avoid Drafts and Vents Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting and excessive dripping.
5) Don’t Touch or Move Never touch or move a candle wile it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
6) Keep Candles 3" Apart Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly
How to Burn a Candle Safely (From The National Fire Protection Association)
Before Lighting: • Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring. • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times. • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Burn candles in a well-ventilated room: • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping. • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting. • When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
While Burning: • Never leave a candle unattended. • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else. • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied. • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle. • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly. • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting. • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep. • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
When Extinguishing a Candle: • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering. • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container. • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room. • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled. • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
No candle is dripless without proper attention. Begin with a well designed candle, avoid drafts, keep the wick trimmed, and allow for heat dissipation. When burning a pillar candle, keep the wick centered and burn it long enough for the well to approach the sides without losing the shell that retains the pool of wax; let the candle cool when the shell thins below a quarter-inch in thickness. If the pool of melted wax has an uneven shell retaining the wax, it is a sign of either the presence of a draft, uneven ambient temperature, or a wick that is not properly centered. The last step is to provide a means to catch any spilt wax, just in case.
It is quite easy to identify signs of an improperly burning candle and take corrective action before serious dripping begins: The shape, size and movement of the flame, as well as the shape of the well of melted wax, are keys. If the flame is tall, the wick likely needs to be trimmed (trim to one-fourth inch) or there is excessive heat being retained around the candle. If there is evidence of smoke, a sign of incomplete combustion, or the flame begins to dance, there is likely to be a problem draft or the wick needs to be trimmed. An uneven shell flags a condition of uneven heat distribution.
Taper candles can be designed to be more drip resistant by using special waxes, special additives, appropriate wicking, and a final overlaying dip of harder wax. Dyes and pigments used to color the wax must not cause clogging of the wicking. Most tapers are made with a base of paraffin wax. Stearin wax, refined from animal fat; palm wax from a fruit of palm trees; and beeswax from bees, are the most common alternative taper candle waxes, each with benefits and sacrifices (soy wax is too malleable for taper candles and marginal for pillar candles). The burning quality of a candle cannot be readily identified from its appearance, so one must rely on past experience, professional advice or personal testing. Most Western European-, Canadian- and American-made candles are of reasonably good quality because that is demanded by the customers. In our opinion, once a candle reaches a relatively high quality, the marginal benefit of further improvements can no longer justify the increase of cost except for very formal events.
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