5 Common Candle Burning Mistakes

5 Common Candle Burning Mistakes

5 Common Candle Burning Mistakes

Dnd Candles can enhance the atmosphere and create a soothing ambiance in any space, and especially help set create an immersive experience for role playing games. I mean, dragons are known for fire breathing, so you might as well introduce fire into your gaming space.

However, there are a few common mistakes people make when burning candles that can pose safety risks or diminish their effectiveness. To ensure a safe and enjoyable candle experience, here are five common candle burning mistakes you should avoid:

Leaving Candles Unattended

Never leave a burning candle unattended as this can be a fire risk. Always make sure to extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed--they should always be burned within your sight! This sort of advice might seem intuitive, but every year thousands of improperly used candles result in damages.

Blow out your candles before leaving for dungeons and dragons!

Placing Candles Near Flammable Objects

Keep candles away from curtains, papers, or any flammable materials that could catch fire. Make sure there is sufficient clearance around the candle to prevent accidents, so clean up your gaming table when burning a candle! Character sheets should only be burned when they die in adventures!

Never mind the style--this is a recipe for disaster.

Not Establishing a Good Wax "Memory"

The first time you burn a candle, you create a 'memory' in the wax. This is the pool of melted wax that forms around the wick. You should always keep a candle lit long enough for the complete top layer to liquify--this is called 'setting the memory' of the candle. From then on, this previously melted pool of wax will always melt, and provide you with the strongest scent throw possible.

Ignoring the burn time

Each candle has a recommended burn time. Ignoring this can lead to overheating and uneven burning, shortening the lifespan of the candle. Follow the instructions on the candle's packaging for optimal burn time. It can be easy to get caught up in your adventures, but we recommend a maximum burn time of 4 hours for our candles.

Burning a candle too long will shorten its life span.

Neglecting to trim the wick

Trim the wick to around ¼ inch before lighting the candle. A long wick can create excess soot, an uneven burn, and increase the risk of the flame becoming too large. Regularly trim the wick to ensure a clean and controlled burn. Make sure to bring your wick trimmers to game night!

An improperly trimmed wick will limit your candle's life span.


By avoiding these common candle burning mistakes, you can enjoy the cozy and tranquil atmosphere candles provide while keeping your surroundings safe. Remember to prioritize safety! Got any other tips for how to best burn a candle? Send an email to support@gameplaycandles.com.

Don't let this sort of thing happen to you!  It looks like the work of dragons!