I have one of those scented “Yankee Candle” style candles in the glass jar. It keeps giving off black smoke, which is in turn leaving a black spot on the ceiling above. I have heard about trimming the wick and so forth but this doesn’t seem to have helped. Any tips on proper candle burning that can stop this and help me get the most out of my candle?
Keep your wick at 1/8in-1/4in. Keeping your candle out of areas with fans on or with drafts also helps. Yankee Candle sells Illumalids http://www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/listing.jsp?category=%2fRetail%2fCandle+Accessories%2fIlluma-Lid%26reg%3b+%26amp%3b+Toppers they sit on the top of the jar while your candle burns and they reduce the soot and smoke–they also help so that you don’t get the wax build-up on the sides of the jar. I have one and it works great!
Yankee Candle has a new line of soy candles that burn cleaner than regular wax candles. http://www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/freestyle.jsp?category=%2FRetail%2FCandles%2FNew%20Beanswax%26%23153%3B
btw, Yankee Candle does not recommend using warmers with their candles, the glass wasn’t made for that purpose and isn’t thick enough–it could shatter.