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4 Key Terms You Didn’t Know About Candles

Have you ever wondered about some of the characteristics unique to candles? Let us walk you through four key terms.

Have you ever wondered about some of the characteristics unique to candles? While you enjoy your Brooklyn Candle Studio items, let us walk you through four key terms:

Burn:

Burn rate is the amount of wax a candle consumes per hour, measured in ounces. Burn time is the length of time it takes to completely consume the wax. Brooklyn Candle Studios candles have a burn rate of six to eight hours per ounce and usually offer 36 to 48 hours of burn before full melt, depending on size. Soy wax candles like those sold by Brooklyn Candle Studios melt more slowly and can be enjoyed much longer than those made of paraffin.

Throw:

There are two different kinds of throw: cold throw is the scent the wax gives off when the candle has never been lit, while hot throw describes the aroma of the candle when the wick is lit or the wax melt is heated.

Brooklyn Candle Studios candles with superlative hot throw include Fern + Moss, Brooklyn, Sunday Morning and Italia.

Melt:

The melt point is the temperature at which the wax in a candle will begin to liquefy. Usually this is about 115 to 119 degrees. The liquified wax which accumulates as a candle burns is called the melt pool.

Wick:

The wick is the material which delivers fuel to the flame in a candle — Brooklyn Candle Studio wicks are lead-free and made from cotton. Wick bars are sometimes used to stabilize the wick at the top of a candle, while wick pins (or clothes pins) are used when pouring votive or pillar candles. They are removed when the candle has cooled and replaced with a regular wick. A wick tab is a flat, metal disc with a small hole in its center which holds the wick at the bottom of the candle.

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