For anyone who has had a candle tunnel, you know how much pain and work goes into trying to save it. From using a knife to take out chunks of wax to burn as tarts to pouring out melted wax (or using cotton balls to soak it up), I’ve tried it all!
The best method, in my opinion, is the foil hat. Pictured above is my tunneling Frosty Air with a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil wrapped tightly around the top with a quarter-sized hole cut out. The trick is to insulate the inside of the jar without extinguishing the flame.
Burn the candle as normal: at least 2-4 hours. THEN: when you blow out the flame, push down any tunneling wax with your fingers so that it is even with the middle. Do this immediately after you blow out the flame and only touch solid wax (the solid wax will be warm, not hot, so you will not get burned). This method has saved me a lot of burn time, frustration, and $$$.
Here are a few tips to remember to help reduce/prevent tunneling:
1) Always burn a jar for a long enough time to create a full wax pool (2-5 hours on average, depending on the candle). Especially true for the first time you burn it!
2) Use an Illumalid. They really help and are cheap right now!
3) Trim your wick to 1/4 an inch, but do not cut it any smaller than this!
4) Burn the candle away from open windows or drafts, as they may cause uneven burning.
5) Know that some candles will tunnel no matter what (Peppermint Cocoa, for example). YC has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can take it back for an exchange!
Meanwhile: I decided to try 1 cube of the BH&G Frankincense and Myrrh wax cubes. WOW is this one strong. One cube overtook my ENTIRE apartment. It overpowered everything! It is a very masculine scent and smells like cologne. Personally, I like Midsummer’s Night by YC better, but this one was surprisingly pleasant. If you like incredibly strong throws, pick up this one! If you can find it, it’s only 50 cents at Walmart right now!