Candle Care

How to get the Most out of your Black Arrow Candle (and general candle saftey)

Our wood wicks are self trimming, please do not touch or trim. They can be fragile after burning and may break if touched - which will make your candles very hard to re-light! The level of crackle will also vary from wick to wick as they are a natural product with no added chemicals.

Minimum burn time - until the wax melt pool reaches the edge of the glass. The time this takes can vary depending on room conditions, it if is cold it will take longer. Please store above 15 deg C to prevent cracking of the wax. Keep out of direct sun.

Maximum burn time - Darts 2hrs - Broadheads 3hrs.

Our wood wicks have metal holders which protect the glass from direct flame. They also provide a natural barrier to protect your candle from ‘running dry’ you will see it start to protrude through the meltpool as it burns. To get as much burn time as possible, ensure that there is wax above the holder for your last burn session, if the wax is below the level of the metal holder you may find that the wick will not relight. This varies on every candle.

Glass cleaning - each tab is connected to its glass by a very small bead of glue. This is easily removable by placing a small amount of isoprobyl alcohol to soften the glue. Once it and most of the residual wax is removed, it is safe for cleaning and even use in the dishwasher.

For General Saftey (from the National Candle Association of America)

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.
  • Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.
  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.  The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.