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How To Burn A Candle Without A Jar?

Oct. 14, 2022

Whenever you buy candles, you will find them usually in glass jars. The wick and wax are properly sealed inside the candle, so many people usually just light the candle in the jar. But what if you don't want to light the candle inside the jar? You can simply use several types of candles that will burn without a jar. For example, pillar candles are one of our most popular choices.


A pillar candle is simply a candle that you can easily light without having to place it in any type of holder. These are usually placed on a shelf, or you can simply place them on a tray. The candles from Boye will stand upright without any problems and burn very smoothly.

Frosted Candle Jars

 Frosted Candle Jars     


You can simply use several different methods to burn the candles, which will ensure an even melt and help you get the desired results. If you want to light a candle without a jar, then the best and most efficient way is to buy a pillar candle and use it. However, you must know that, like all candles, the wax will melt in the container and you need to make sure that you burn it in the right way.


There are many steps you can simply use to ensure that the candle burns effectively. Here are some steps that you can simply use to burn pillar candles effectively, without even using a jar.


3 easy ways to light candles without a jar

1. Trim the wick to 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 high before each use

The first step is to trim the wick for you. Whenever you want to burn a candle, you need to be sure to trim the wick effectively to a height of 1/8 or even 1/4 inch. There are many different tools that can simply be used to trim the wick, for example, a pair of scissors or even a nail clipper.

Candle Jar and Scented Candles

 Candle Jar and Scented Candles   


There are also specially manufactured wick trimmers on the market that you can use. The reason you want to trim the wick is that it will provide you with a clearer and brighter burn in the long run. An untrimmed wick will cause the flame to mushroom on the lid, which will eventually dull the flame on the fire.


More importantly, untrimmed wicks also leave those awful smoke stains around the candle itself. By trimming the wick, you will be able to control the flame and ultimately prevent stains from appearing around the body of the candle.


2. Burn the candle for a maximum of 3 to 4 hours

Use a lighter. You must let a pillar candle burn for at least one hour per inch of diameter during the early burn period. For example, if you have a 3 to 4-inch pillar candle, you should allow it to burn for at least 3 to 4 hours during the early burn.


This will ensure that the candle continues to burn in an even manner and prevent the wick from being submerged in melted candle wax during each subsequent burn.

You need to make sure that the top layer of candle wax has melted during the burn. This can take several hours, so if you don't have enough time for it to burn longer, you can't light the candle. If you are unable to melt it completely, it will only contribute to the process known as the tunneling effect.

Amber Glass Candle Jar

 Amber Glass Candle Jar     


The candle holder may continue to tunnel deeper into the melted candle wax, creating some sort of tunnel. Eventually, the tunnel will sink into a point that makes it difficult for you to light the candle in the first place. This may take a lot of patience, but a good burn will ensure that the candle lasts longer and can easily be lit again whenever you want.


3. Use a tray to keep the candle burning smoothly

Make sure you only use a pillar candle until it is an inch high. If you leave the candle burning less than an inch, it may start a fire. For the most effective results, it is recommended that you use a tray to keep the candle burning smoothly. All the melted candle wax will collect on the tray.

When you burn a pillar candle the right way, it will melt from the center, while the outer part of the candle will remain solid. If you also want to use the exterior candle wax and make sure to use all of the candle wax, you should consider squeezing the wax more to allow it to burn as well while it remains relatively warm.


This will develop a folding effect that will help move the edges to the center and merge the edges while the candle continues to burn. There are only a few important safety hazards you need to consider to ensure that the candle burns safely and efficiently.


For example, if you use matches to light your candles, you must make sure that the used wick stays on the edge. All discarded matches and burning wicks should be kept away from each other. In addition, you must stay in the same room as the burning candle. Never leave a burning candle unattended, as it can lead to a serious fire hazard.

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