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  1. #1
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    Default Candle dimensions engineering

    The goal: Produce candles with a 3/4" base and enough length to burn 3 hours.
    I currently use a 3"x3/4" candle "not" made of beeswax. With lots of wax stored up I am ready to pour or dip my own this winter...but am wondering if beeswax burns slower/faster than non-beeswax candles. I haven't seen any molds of this size, so dipping may be my option.
    Anyone have any thoughts on how I can produce my own 3 hour candle with a 3/4" base?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    Test, test test
    Beeswax burns 2-3 times longer than a parrifin candle of the same size

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    I suspected that I might have to employ the "trial and error" method! Did not realize that beeswax burned longer. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    Barry, I am curious, why the 3 hour timeing?
    Did you specifically want a simple taper shape or would a more detailed mold work as well? The reason I ask is that we recently tested a small slender pine cone "taper" from a poly mold that if I am remembering correctly burned for three hours. I am in California right now but can check with my assistant if you are interested. We have 3/4" tapers that burn a little over an inch an hour but they are thinner at the top.
    Whatever shape you go with, test with different wicking to get the optimum burn. Especially with small diameter candles, a smaller wick might burn just as well but prolong the burn time.
    Sheri

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    These will be sabbath candles for Friday evenings. For years I've bought them....now want to make my own. They need to burn at least 3 hours. The store bought, non-beeswax, candles made for this purpose usually burn out at 3hours and 20-30 minutes.
    Just a simple, straight or taper is what I want to end up with, but haven't seen smaller molds for them that I think will give a 3 hour burn time.
    Thanks for the hints!

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    Is there any reason not to use a regular taper mold, but only pour to the height I want? Perhaps I am over complicating it. Perhaps I could just experiment with the depth of the pour into the mold to get desire burn time. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Candle dimensions engineering

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Tolson View Post
    These will be sabbath candles for Friday evenings. For years I've bought them....now want to make my own. They need to burn at least 3 hours. The store bought, non-beeswax, candles made for this purpose usually burn out at 3hours and 20-30 minutes.
    Just a simple, straight or taper is what I want to end up with, but haven't seen smaller molds for them that I think will give a 3 hour burn time.
    Thanks for the hints!
    I make Shabbat candles for a few ladies in New York. If you can't figure out or don't want to make them yourself, let me know. I would be happy to make the candles for you.

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