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Tips for Wax Burner Outdoor

Looking after your Burner – 10 tips on what to do when….

Tip 1 ….. the flame is difficult to ignite or burns poorly:

As a general remedy we recommend adding liquid wax to the wick (tea candles are good for this) or pouring a little lamp oil onto the wick. You should also check whether the wick has become clogged with soot. This is best done in a cold state. The surface of the wick is then very hard and compacted; the individual wick fibres are stuck together with soot, see Tip 2.

Please also check whether any water is in the wax burner. Water seeps onto the base of the wax burner and interrupts the burning and the melting effect. The hardened wax along with aluminium burner and wick can be loosened from the ceramic crucible by gently shaking. Pour out the water and wipe the crucible and the wax dry. The wax and burner can then be reinserted.

Tip 2 …… the wax burner burns poorly or the flame is too small:

Soot has collected on the wick. This is caused by many hours of burning (wind also does its bit) or by adding low quality wax. Take a sharp object (fork, knife or similar) and scratch away the soot from the wick. The soot is easiest to remove when the wick is warm. There is no problem in applying sufficient force to effect this operation. The glass-fibres that have been baked together by the soot are loosened and residue removed. The fibres of the wick should sit freely again after this treatment and be stringy. The wick is not damaged in the process. Please ensure that the whole wick is not pulled upwards. It must remain at the foot of the aluminium burner so that it can draw up the wax. After removing the soot, pour thick-flowing wax over the wick, for example, a whole tea light, or use a little lamp oil. This reactivates it and the wax burner can be put back into use. In some circumstances the wick may need to be readjusted (see above).

Tip 3 …… too much liquid wax is in the wax burner:

The liquid wax smothers the flame. Please ensure that the liquid wax only reaches up to approximately 2 cm below the wick, as by the initial filling. However, should you accidentally add too much wax, please remove the excess wax. You can always add wax later. In order to remove it, place the wax burner in a baking oven to liquefy the wax. Please exercise caution, set a maximum of 100°C.

Tip 4 ……too little wax is in the wax burner:

The melting effect does not take place quickly enough. The glass-fibre wick is burnt empty without being able to draw up liquid wax. This interrupts the melting cycle. The glass-fibre wick must be filled with liquid wax and, if need be, lamp oil and, at the same time, sufficient wax introduced into the crucible for melting. It should be noted that small cuts of wax melt faster than large lumps.

Tip 5 …… the wax burner cannot be ignited:

In certain circumstances it can happen that no wax remains on the wick after use and extinguishing of the wax burner. Reactivating the wick with liquid wax or a dash of lamp oil and ignite afresh.

Tip 6 ……the wax burner extinguishes after a brief period of burning:

In strong wind or rain it can happen that air or moisture is drawn into the wick. When ignited next time the flame goes out again because the burning cycle has been interrupted. Heat the wax burner in the baking oven (please exercise caution, maximum of 100°C) until the entire wax becomes liquid. This allows air and water to escape. Allow the wax burner to cool down briefly before adding liquid wax or lamp oil to the wick. The wax burner is reactivated.

Tip 7 …… the wax does not completely melt:

Some candles have a higher melting point, e.g. altar candles and all “drip-free” candles. This can be easily remedied by mixing these candle remains with the same amount of standard candles or our wax pastilles. It may also be necessary to readjust the wick (see above).

Tip 8 …… Bees wax is to be used:

Burning bees wax produces a lot of soot that collects on the wick. In this case you must scratch the wick more frequently so that the burning cycle is maintained. We advise against recycling bees wax.

Tip 9 ……the flame goes out in bitter cold:

This only occurs when the temperature outside is minus 5°C and colder. At such minus temperatures it can occur that the melting cycle does not function properly. Please take the wax burner inside for a couple of hours to warm it up. The wax burner can be put back into use once the crucible and wax have been warmed up. However, it could go out after some time – two, three hours – in hard frost and strong wind conditions. The only thing that helps here is to take the wax burner back indoors again or to treat it to a brief break from frost. Please ensure that the wick is not burnt empty before the wax can be drawn up. In this case add liquid wax and/or lamp oil.

The wax burner is permanently resistant to frost. However, should water come into the wax burner it can be destroyed by the ice expansion pressure. The wax burner should therefore always be covered at minus temperatures.

Tip 10 …… if Tip 1 – Tip 9 do not help:

This happens very rarely, yet if it does occur the glass-fibre wick must be renewed. The glass-fibre wick used in the wax burner is a permanent wick and does not burn away. Even so , experience has shown that the wick can be become clogged by soot to varying degrees depending on the quality of the recycled wax used. The fibre of the wick can stick and impair burning. The soot can be removed as described in Tip 2. – Nevertheless, it may be necessary to exchange the wick at this point. We can supply a spare glass-fibre wick as required.

Please do the following: Heat the wax burner in the baking oven (please exercise caution, maximum 100°C setting). Remove it. The wax is now liquid. You can easily pull the used wick out of the aluminium burner and insert the new wick. This is a simple procedure, but please ensure that the new wick is inserted in the aluminium burner so that it closed with its bottom edge. Adjust the wick as described above. Pour liquid wax over the new wick until it is fully covered. Your wax burner is now ready for reuse and will continue to provide you with a pleasurable flame.

Finally, a tip for people who love order and cleanliness. The hardened wax along with aluminium burner and wick can be loosened from the ceramic crucible quite easily. The empty crucible can be desooted by using a cleaning fluid and placing in the dishwasher. Afterwards, adjust the wax to the burner. The wax burner is like new.

Please have a look at the First Aid Video for our Wax Burner Outdoor


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