If you have ever tried burning candles with an open flame from a jar, you will agree that they are not always that safe. The reason for this is mainly because many candles are poorly made, either badly designed by amateur crafters or produced in poor quality caps, which result in an unstable wax burning at a very high temperature.
When you use a jar candle, you are in a position where the burning of the candle can be regulated in various ways, depending on the candle design and the individual taste of the candle maker. For example, some jar candles are available in different sizes, some have open flame support, some have built-in candleholders and a good number of them have a jar design, which has a built-in flame arrestor.
One of the main advantages of jars over other candle types is their safety aspect. As the name implies, a jar candle is usually a wick and wax in a simple container topped with a lid. As they burn, you do not need any special type of candleholder to put them upright and you can easily reposition and store them when they are burning completely.
This is one of the main advantages of jars over other candle types. Secondly, you can also find candle designs that incorporate jars, especially with a base made of terracotta, marble, or other natural materials. Thirdly, they are economical compared to other candle types because the wick is cut into very short lengths, so less of it is used, resulting in less wax created and therefore less wax to produce.
Some of the disadvantages of using jar candles are that they can be brittle and require a lot of effort to burn, and they burn slowly. In addition, because there is only a small area for the wick to burn, the flames can sometimes escape and create a trail of unstable material. In addition, if you let a candle burn too long, some of the wicks might melt, causing the candle to go out.
Jar candles also tend to have a shorter life span than some other types of cheap candles, which can last from only a few hours up to several days. However, this is not always the case, as people can make very elaborate and attractive candle designs, including those with flowers and ribbon, and they can last well into the night.
There are some cons that jar candles also have, although they tend to be fewer than the advantages. For starters, jar candles are usually cheaper than other candle types, but this may not be a disadvantage if you do not want the candle to last very long. Secondly, they can also be difficult to make yourself, since you need to cut the wicks very precisely, and then probably wrap them individually. This can be very time-consuming, though it is not impossible.
If you try to use pre-lit or prepared candles, then the pros outweigh the cons in most cases. In addition, it can be difficult to find jar candles that are the right size, which may be an important factor if you want to display the candle on a shelf or similar item.
There are some disadvantages to jar candles, but the most important is that you must keep them well lit to burn properly. Since there is only a small opening for the wick to burn, the flames can sometimes escape and create a trail of unstable material. Also, if you let a candle burn too long, some of the wax may melt, causing the candle to go out.
Finally, because the candle is so short, it is harder to control the flame. If you try to get the flame to go to the desired point, then you can tip the candle over, resulting in a fire. Also, some candle enthusiasts say that pillar candles are better alternatives because pillar candles allow the flame to spread across the surface of the candle, which can result in even heating for the candle.