How to Fix Candle Tunneling

How to Fix Candle Tunneling

So you're having candle problems. Namely, candle tunneling, which happens when a candle burns down its center, leaving hard wax around the outside.

Not only does it look ugly, but it also means you're missing out on the full burning and scent potential of your candle—yikes!

We've already talked best candle practices, but sometimes mistakes happen. Here's how to fix candle tunneling like a pro.

  • Use a Blow Dryer To Fix Minor Tunneling

If you forgot to let the wax pool reach the edge on the first burn, you're probably going to be left with a less-than-ideal memory ring (AKA the precursor to tunneling). 

Luckily, if you catch it early enough, there's a quick fix.

Blast the top of the candle with a hair dryer on high heat.

Simply hold the airflow over the top of the candle until the top layer of wax has melted and smoothed.

  • Try The Foil Method For More Serious Holes

If your candle is showing more serious signs of tunneling, it's time to whip out the tin foil and get to work.

It's a relatively easy method, but proceed with caution—that foil can get hot. First, light your candle.

Then, carefully wrap a layer of foil around the top of the candle, making a domed lip with a hole in the top.

This will allow the heat to stay concentrated within the candle and melt the rim of hard wax on the sides.

After about an hour or so, carefully remove the foil and you should have an even wax pool.

  • If All Else Fails, Meet Your New Best Friend, The Candle Warmer

Blow dryer and foil not doing it for you?

Your candle might be too far gone. But there's still a way to enjoy your HLC.

Pick up a candle warmer—it'll melt the candle's wax and release the scent without the need for a flame.

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