How to Fix Candle Tunneling

There’s nothing worse than when one of your favorite candles starts tunnelling. This means that the candle is not burning evenly, and often that it only burns in the wax area directly surrounding the wick, not all the way to the edge of the candle vessel. It’s frustrating, it’s unsightly, and it means that you’re not getting your money’s worth out of your candle! It can also mean that your candle won’t burn for its full burn time. If you’re a candle fan, you no doubt want to banish candle tunneling for good. Here is what you need to know about candle tunneling, how to fix it, and how to prevent it from happening altogether. 


Why Does Candle Tunneling Happen?

It’s no mystery that candle tunneling is frustrating, but the reasoning behind why a candle may tunnel can be somewhat of a mystery if you’re not familiar with the process of candle making. While candle tunneling can happen in any type or size of candle, regardless of quality, it is more often found in a candle that is cheaper or made with low-quality materials. It may also happen if the wick of the candle is not the right size for the candle. If a wick is too small for the candle size and the vessel, tunneling can occur. The most common culprit for candle tunneling is the timing of the first time you burn the candle. You should be strategic about how long you burn the candle when you first light it, ensuring that you can check in on the burn every 30 minutes or so. So, make sure you load up on high quality candles made with proper wicks, and ensure that you have ample time to monitor your first burn.


How to Fix Candle Tunneling

Even though you can’t go back in time to buy a different candle or have a different experience when you first burn the candle, you can still fix the tunneling. If the tunneling hasn’t gotten that severe, you may be able to use a hairdryer to melt the wax back into an even layer. If things have progressed, you can try using the tin foil method. Create a small aluminum foil tent to place over the candle, then poke a hole in the top for smoke to escape. The foil will reflect heat back into the candle, ensuring that wax all the way to the edge is melted. 


How to Prevent Candle Tunneling

In order to make sure you never have to deal with candle tunneling again, you can prevent it.

  1. The first way to prevent it is of course by buying excellent handmade soy candles with the best quality wicks, like NaturalAnnie Essentials natural soy candles.
  2. You can also be strategic with the first burn of your candle, checking it to make sure it burns evenly and not blowing it out until the first layer has been melted completely. Remember that wax will melt the same way each time , so that first burn is integral. 

 How to Fix Candle Tunneling


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