Candle tunneling is a common issue that can affect the performance and aesthetic appeal of your Yankee Candles. Here’s what you need to know about tunneling and how to prevent it:

1. What is Tunneling?: Tunneling occurs when a candle burns down the center, leaving wax along the edges untouched. This results in wasted wax and reduces the overall burn time of the candle.

2. Causes of Tunneling: Factors such as improper wick trimming, burning the candle for insufficient time during each use, or placing the candle in a drafty area can contribute to tunneling.

3. How to Prevent Tunneling:

  • First Burn: Allow the candle to burn long enough during the first use to melt the wax to the edges of the jar. This sets the “memory” of the candle, preventing tunneling in subsequent burns.
  • Trim the Wick: Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4 inch before each use to promote an even burn.
  • Avoid Drafts: Place the candle away from drafts or air vents, which can cause uneven burning.

4. Corrective Measures: If tunneling has already occurred, there are ways to correct it. Use a candle warmer or carefully melt the wax around the edges with a hairdryer to even out the surface.

5. Regular Maintenance: By following these preventive measures and maintaining proper candle care habits, you can enjoy your Yankee Candles without worrying about tunneling issues.

Understanding the causes of tunneling and implementing preventive measures can help you get the most out of your Yankee Candles.

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