Our taper candles are judged to be dripless in normal burning circumstances. All taper
candles will drip if exposed to a draft, burned too close to one another, or
if the wick is permitted to become too long so that the flame becomes over-sized.
If the candles will be used for a special occasion in a public space, such
as a wedding reception, check for potential sources of drafts, such as from
heating ducts, before choosing the style and placement of the candles. If drafts
cannot be avoided, consider using votive candles, floating candles or hurricanes
where the flame can be protected by the container from cross-drafts. Premium
priced taper candles often have a special final over-dip of high melting point
wax that serves to reduce dripping, but this is of little help in strong drafts.
If a taper candle begins to drip, the loss of melted wax can cause additional
wick to become exposed, thereby feeding the flame so as to increase the rate
of dripping. This is of special concern with larger diameter candles, such
as our Root Collenettes, due to the volume of wax available to drip. If a candle
begins to drip, extinguish it long enough to cool, then, if necessary, trim
the wick to about 1/4” before re-lighting. A “dancing” flame
is often the first sign of a draft, and smoking and dripping are likely to follow.
Candelabras that hold multiple candles must keep the individual candles separated
enough so that the heat from one does not cause the neighboring candle to lose
the side of the well holding its pool of melted wax. It is also important for
candles to remain vertical in order to avoid dripping.
Dripping can also result if the candle is burned in an unusually warm circumstance,
such as inside a hurricane where the heat of the flame becomes concentrated.
In choosing a hurricane, the design should permit cool air to enter at the
bottom and freely vent at the top, thereby reducing heat build-up.
Bobeche, the glass rings available on our Website, help catch minor drips
from taper candles, but please take additional precautions to protect surfaces
just in case a candle begins to drip before being noticed. Spilt wax is time
consuming to remove, the dye can stain tabletops and fabric, and a dripping
candle can release soot.
Our premium Colonial of Cape Cod and Mole Hollow taper candles burn a little slower than do
our Economy tapers, and are marginally more drip-resistant. Of course, their
biggest feature is there hand-dipped appearance and depth of color.
In case you have not noticed, we use “taper” to describe a class of candles that do not all have a taper. Within that class are molded candles approximating the diameter of traditional taper candles, usually from 1/4 to 1-1/2 inches. Larger diameters are usually described as pillar or column candles.