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Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving are coming soon, and more people make, use, and give candles as gifts then any other time of the year. So I just wanted to urge everyone not to forget safety concerns.
Learn how long to burn soy candles, how to trim the candle wicks each time, and how to prevent tunneling which the candle on the left exhibits. When candle wax burns down to the base of a glass container, there is a risk the glass could shatter from the heat. The spilling wax, and flames could start a fire. (Click here for more safety tips)
When you work with flammable candle wax making candles you must be extremely vigilant, and NEVER get distracted for any reason.
This is just one of the many reasons, I only make candles using soy wax. Although soy candle wax has a higher flash point than paraffin wax, spontaneous combustion will still occur if the wax is allowed to overheat.
Understanding the flash point of every wax you use is very important. Each one can be different. When any wax reaches it’s given flash point it will burst into flames by itself. You must understand the wax may not bubble or smoke, and when it explodes flaming wax can be thrown in every direction.
Avoid this potential catastrophe! Don’t risk burning down your home, or serious injury. Always use a double boiler, or a candle wax melter when you are making your candles, and follow all candle making instructions, and read any instructions from the candle wax manufacturer. A word to the wise – if the wax is smoking it’s too hot .
Never melt wax in a microwave! You cannot control the temperature wax is heated up to, and microwaves vary tremendously in output strength. For example, the butter in my microwave peanut brittle recipe burns in one microwave, and does not finish cooking in another microwave because of lower wattage.
Several soy waxes I’ve looked at recently have flash points between 450°F and 600°F. In comparison, many paraffin waxes list flash points near 395°F. The melting point of soy wax between temperatures of 110°F and 130 °F
Just one more thing. Never burn candles in front of open windows where curtains may be blown towards them from a breeze. Never burn candles where children or pets are, because they will always do the unexpected.
Let’s have a happy, healthy, wealthy, and joyously prosperous holiday season!
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These guidelines are relevant in the United States, and are often reviewed by international regulation authorities and candle organizations worldwide.
Because fires resulting from candles were on the increase,during 1997 the National Candle Association got involved at the request of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to lead the way in pioneering an ASTM subcommittee for the purposeof developing improved candle fireworks safety standards.
Membership on the ASTM subcommittee on candle products includes safety organizations, fire officials, the CPSC, and members of the NCA and other interested parties.
This has resulted in the publication of six ASTM candle standards. Two standards are reference standards.
Cautionary Labeling Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2058
Effective Since: 2000 Revised October 2007
This standard sets forth specifications for the warning label that cautions consumers to always burn a candle within sight; to keep candles away from things that can catch fire; and to keep candles out of the reach of children.
Heat Strength of Glass Containers Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2179
Effective Since: 2002
This safety standard sets specific scratch test and temper specifications for the correct annealing of glass containers used for candles in addition to thermal shock differential requirements.
Candle Accessories Standard
Reference #: ASTM F-2601
Effective Since: May 2007
Specifications are established in this standard for labeling and testing candle accessories for fire-safety manufacture. (Including potpourri burners, candle burners and candle rings. ) It is anticipated by 2008 the standard will be enlarged to include candle holders and other accessories.
Reference title: Standard Specification for the Fire Safety for Candle Accessories
*Please be advised these are only descriptions of the standards to give a basic idea of the material covered. They are not the actual specifications. The actual ASTM standards are copyrighted by ASTM International. As of the date of this article copies of the actual standards may be purchased for download at www.ASTM.org. The charge to purchase each standard is roughly $39 each.
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Soy Candles are sometimes made with a solid core in the candlewick, but in today’s market, the core of the wick can be made from zinc or tin. Recently I saw a post on another blog talking about lead in wicks. I felt it was necessary to post a response to that article, because lead in candlewicks was banned in the US Marketplace in 2003.
Candle manufacturers and their suppliers here in the United States are represented by the National Candle Association (NCA); a major trade association. Purchase your candle wicks from a reputable candle supplier.
Use of lead wicks was voluntarily discontinued during the mid-1970s, and they asked every US candle manufacturer to agree not to use lead wicks and sign a formal pledge to this effect along with all NCA members. However, if you have any doubt about the metal core containing your candle wick, get a white piece of paper and rub the wick on it. A lead core will leave a gray mark. If you have any doubt , dispose of it.
Just be careful when you’re purchasing inexpensive foreign imported candles, as not all countries apply the same quality standards, and you would still be wise to question cheap imported candle wicks.
Remember it is not just what is in the wick being burned, but what candle wax the candle is made from. Paraffin wax candles still give off 11 known carcinogens, so you can still be polluting the air in your hom, whether a lead wick is used or not.
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One of the ladies who purchased my soy candle books, recently emailed me – she had followed my instructions on making soy candle melts, and really loved them, but she had a question…. ” I have made some really wonderful soy candle melts, what is the best way to burn them? Should I use an electric candle wax melter or a candle warmer?”
Do you want to use a traditional candle warmer with candles lit underneath them, or would you like to use an electric candle warmer? Read the rest of this entry »
Can An Additive Make Soy Wax Last Longer?
Help! Is there anything natural, or any type of additive that can be mixed into candle wax to make it last longer? What about a soy blend wax, or palm wax? I do not want to buy a lot of candle wax, because it is so expensive. Will adding fabric softener, lotions, or shampoo increase the volume of the candle wax, and still burn?
Comments will be welcome, but I felt I should make a blog post in response to Shirley’s question posted under the blog comments instead of responding to her via email.
Personally, I would not consider it safe to add any additive to a candle wax product you intend to burn, unless it is approved by the National Candle Association. Read the rest of this entry »