How to fix candle tunneling

The only bad thing about scented candles is that they don’t last forever! Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your favorite candles and burn them down to the very last drop of wax. One simple tip is to learn how to fix candle tunneling. This useful guide will help ensure that you know how to prevent your richly scented candles from tunneling and, if they do, what you can do about it.

Candle tunneling happens when the flame of your candle only melts the central portions of the candle surrounding the wick, leaving behind a stubborn ring of wax. Basically, the wick burns through the wax column like a tunnel-boring machine, leaving a hollow interior with plenty of perfectly good wax that is now out of reach to the flame. You bought that candle because you loved the scent, and you should be able to burn it the whole way through!

With this problem, prevention really is the best medicine, but there are a few things you can do if you’ve already found yourself halfway through a tunneled candle. First, scrape the excess ring of wax from the sides of the candle closer to the wick so that it can burn evenly with the rest of the candle. You could also use a hair dryer or another heating tool to melt the wax down until it’s within reach of the flame. Another option is to try placing the candle inside of a vase or another container to help enclose heat and melt the excess wax around the top.

The great thing about candle wax is that it’s extremely adaptable and forgiving, so you can probably get it back to a good place with a little bit of crafty manipulation.

How to Prevent Candle Funneling

As previously mentioned, the best way to handle tunneling is to learn how to prevent it. Most of us simply light a candle without thinking, assuming it will burn properly and evenly. But there are a few tips you should know so your candles are less tunnel-prone as you burn them.

  • Make sure you melt the entire top portion of the candle on the first burn. Burn it in one sitting for as long as it takes to burn through the top layer. Don’t blow the candle out until that entire top layer is melted, or the candle may tunnel for good.
  • Only use clean-burning candles made with premium wax and cotton wicks.
  • Stick to two- or three-wick candles that create a more even, leveled burn.
  • Be sure to burn your candles only in non-breezy, enclosed areas. Any wind or moving air can feed the flame and cause the candle to burn quickly and unevenly.
We know you love your candles, so why not make them last? These helpful tips will ensure that you enjoy the entire thing from the initial burn to that teeny, tiny last bit of wax!