Preparation Careful preparation will contribute significantly to the performance of your Marklin candle. As you set up your candle, keep these guidelines in mind.
- Make sure that your candle is sitting straight in its holder by looking at it from all sides. A leaning candle will bend over time.
- Trim the wick to no less than 3/4". Candles with a large diameter will require a longer wick; use up to 1" for a 4" to 5" diameter candle.
- Make sure the wick is standing straight up. A bent wick will cause the candle top to melt unevenly.
- Position the candle in a draft-free location. Drafts cause the flame to move, resulting in uneven melting.
- We strongly recommend using a follower with beeswax candles. Followers control candle melting rates, prevent dripping wax, and aid in minimizing drafts.
Lighting Although lighting candles is a common task, sometimes important steps are overlooked.
- Light a candle by touching the flame near the base of the candle wick. Then wait until the flame transfers to the wick.
- Take care not to touch the wick with anything other than the flame. You do not want to bend the wick.
- Never discard an extinguished match or any other debris into the top of the candle. This can cause 'double burn'. (See picture at left.)
Performance As your candle burns, here are some things to watch out for:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Each time you light your candle, allow it to burn long enough for the pool of melted wax to approach the inside edge of the follower. For small diameter candles, it will reach right up to the follower, for larger diameters, it may reach within 1/16" of the follower. If this rule is not followed, your candle will develop a problem known as 'cratering', or burning down the center. (See picture.)
Use the chart below for appropriate burn times:
| Candle Diameter
||Minimum Burn Time
|1-15/16" to 2-3/16"
||45 - 60 minutes
|2-3/8" to 2-1/2"
||1.5 - 2.25 hours
||1.75 - 2.5 hours
2.25 - 3.5 hours