So, you’ve got your eye on an amazing candle set that you think will be the perfect addition to your home. However, you’re considering if it’s worth the cost, and some questions have popped up. How long will the candles last? What’s the typical burn time of a candle? Will the candles’ scents fade over time? Luckily, we’re here to answer all your burning candle queries (pun intended). So let’s get started!
The burn time of candles in a candle set tends to depend on a few factors.
The type of wax your candle is made of can impact how long it burns.
Wicks are small, braided strings of cotton that you light to burn a candle. Wick length can play a big factor in a candle’s burn time: the longer the wick, the quicker the candle will burn. Candle makers will typically recommend that you keep your candle wick length to ¼ of an inch. This ensures that your candle will burn properly, and for a longer amount of time. Trimming your candle’s wick also ensures that no mushrooming occurs: mushrooming is when the wick of a candle bends over into a mushroom cap shape after burning. This means the wick to candle ratio is off, and needs to be trimmed.
Candle size is also a key factor in how long the candles in a candle set will last. Typically, candles that are under 12 ounces burn from four to seven hours per ounce of wax. So let’s say you have an 8.5 ounce candle: if properly cared for, it would likely have a total burn time of over 50 hours. Larger candles over 12 ounces tend to burn slightly longer, around five to eight hours per ounce of wax. For instance, if you had an extra large coffee table candle that’s around 50 ounces, it would likely have a total burn time of over 200 hours. That’s a whole lot of candle to burn!
The longer you keep a candle, the more its scent will fade over time. Even when not being burned, candles are emitting fragrance molecules to the air by means of evaporation. With that, it’s good to burn your candles within a few months of getting them, so you get the best scent possible. The longer you wait to burn your candle, the more likely it is for the scent to weaken.
There are a number of things you can do to keep your candle in proper shape so it can last a good, long time.
Getting a candle set is a great way to spruce up your home with a new scent. With that, it’s important to take care of your candles, so they can burn for longer and maintain their scent and color for as long as possible. What kind of candle scents are your favorite?