The first burn of a candle is important for several reasons. First, it helps to establish the “memory” of the candle. When a candle is lit for the first time, the wax melts and forms a “memory ring” or a “memory pool” around the edge of the container. This memory ring sets the foundation for how the candle will burn in future uses.
Second, the first burn allows the candle to reach a full melt pool. A melt pool refers to the liquefied wax that forms when a candle burns. It is important for the entire surface of the candle to become a melt pool during the first burn to prevent tunneling, which is when the candle burns straight down in a narrow tunnel, wasting wax and diminishing burn time.
Lastly, the first burn helps to ensure an even and clean burn throughout the life of the candle. By allowing the candle to achieve a full melt pool and establishing a good memory ring, subsequent burns will be more efficient and the candle will burn evenly, reducing the risk of uneven wax buildup or soot.
Taking the time to properly burn a candle during its first use can help maximize its burn time, improve its overall performance, and enhance the overall candle experience.