My previous blogs show that I love beeswax! and of course beeswax candles. But have you ever had a batch that just won't burn? (flame in rear of photo). You'd never buy a batch like that from us, but if a friend hands you some it just could be a 'no-burn' wax, read on..
We recommend you test a batch before before you start making your candles.
Dig a hole with a skewer and pop in a piece of wick:
If not, and the flame is struggling then you need to FIX the wax.
The filtering needs to be fine. In the second photo you can see the fine material that has moved into the wick and choked it. No wax can move up the wick to the flame.
We were shocked the first time we tested wax that did not burn. A few customers had told me of their plight with wax directly from the hive. We were quite astonished to stumble on a batch ourselves. It looked clean and absolutely gorgeous with a strong gold colour that is so admired by candle makers. There was no indication of the fine black particles held in suspension or the presence of the honey and pollen.