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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Candles
What types of candles are there?
They come in a variety of types and styles to suit all your decorating needs:
- Flameless - Flameless ones are battery-powered. They flicker just like real ones but don't have the smoke or heat and won't burn down. They can be programmable and can work with a remote.
- Candle pots - These come in a pot, glass or jar. Since they are already inset into the pot, you don't have to find a candle container. Votives are often scented.
- Tapers - Tapers are timelessly elegant in all settings. They are perfect for dinners and will burn for a long time. Tapers need a taper holder because they are long and narrow and cannot stand on their own.
- Tea lights - These cute little items are perfect for any type of gathering, especially when paired with a decorated tealight candle holder. They are best for short amounts of time as they only burn for about two hours, even if the tealight candle holder is taller than the tea light.
- Votives - Votives are bigger than tea lights but are still small. They should be in a container before they are lit. They do not give off smoke and will last for a long time.
- Pillars - Pillars do not need a holder, are smokeless and burn for a long time. They come in different sizes and even can have multiple wicks.
What types of candle holders are there?
Just as there are different types of candles, there are different types of candle holders, some of which include the following:
- Taper holders
- Votive holders
- Tealight candle holders
- Hurricane lamps
Are they safe to use?
They are safe to use if you follow certain safety rules. Never leave a burning one unattended or go to sleep with one still burning. Keep them out of reach of children and pets, place them on a stable, heat-resistant surface, and set them away from drafts and fans. Place them three inches or more apart, trim the wicks to one fourth of an inch before lighting and don't burn it all the way down.
How do you remove wax from a candle container?
One way to remove wax from a glass candle holder is to cut slits in the hardened wax, fill the container with boiling water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the wax by hand, fill with warm water for a few minutes and then wipe off the remaining wax.