The Candle Throw

You know the type of candle that stands out from the rest, that aroma that seems to fill entire rooms. Well, Burch Jones Candle Company knows this type of candle all too well. The strength of a candles aroma is commonly referred to as “throw”. The distance and amount of fragrance oil being released into the air is determined by a number of factors. Let me explain a few factors so that you can get the most out of your soy wax candle.

Factors that determine the throw of a candle include the size of the wax pool around the wick, the size and temperature of the room the candle is burning in, if there is a draft in the room, and the quality of your fragrance oil.

Burch Jones Candle Company uses premium high-quality fragrance oils and pure essential oils in all of our candles. The fragrance oil quality can vary from several providers and determining which oils work best for you requires a lot of trial and error. Oils that we have found very effective commonly come from producers such as Candle Science and P & J Trading Company.

The more area a fragrance has to cover, the less powerful the scent will appear. Therefore, burning candles in less open spaces will have much better results. The best temperature to burn a soy wax candle is at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Burning a candle in a drafty room will reduce the overall strength of a candle and could be very dangerous due to an increase in flame activity. We highly recommend never burn a candle in a drafty place. Also, the more active a flame is, the more black smoke it will release.

When a candle is burning the flame itself is not releasing the fragrance oil from the candle. The warm wax around the flame is what releases fragrance oils into the air. Burch Jones Candle Company has conducted a series of experiments to determine the effectiveness of different wick sizes and the number of wicks in a single soy wax candle. The hypothesis stated that the higher the temperature of a flame, the size of the wax pool surrounding the wick would increase, thus increasing the throw of a candle. This hypothesis proved correct after we burned three of the same sized candles of the same fragrance in the same room but each with a different wick size. The wick sizes were our eco-6, eco- 8, and eco-12 cotton wicks. The problem however was that the increase of wick size resulted in an increase of temperature and significantly reduced the overall burn time of the candle. As we continued our experiment, we changed our number of wicks from one to two of the same wick in one candle. The result was that two eco-6 wicks performed a better throw than one eco-12 wick and resulted in a burn time that was equivalent to burning one eco-12. Our conclusion was that two eco-6 cotton wicks could create a much larger wax pool around the wicks at a lower temperature. As a result of our findings we will be using two eco-6 wicks in our 12oz candles and one eco-12 wick in our 6oz candles.

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