Why Is My Candle Flame So High

A candle flame is a reflection of the heat and light generated by the burning process. The height of a candle flame can indicate how well it is burning and how much energy it has. If your candle flame is too high, you may need to trim the wick or change out the wax for a less viscous variety.

On average, there should be at least one inch between the top of your candle’s flames and its wax pool. Read below to know more about why your candle flame is so high and what steps you can take to prevent it.

Why Is My Candle Flame So High

Reasons Why Is Your Candle Flame So High:

1. The Wick Is Too Long:

Have you ever tried to light up a candle, and it just won’t work? You keep trying, but the flame never seems to catch, or if it does, the candle puts itself out after only burning for seconds. This issue is due to an overly tall wick. Taller wicks allow for more oxygen to reach the flame, which results in a brighter, higher flame. To fix this problem, cut your wick shorter once you have lit the candle and allowed it to burn for a minute or two.

2. Wax Is Too Thick:

Have you ever noticed that candles with thicker wax take longer to get going? Thicker wax is more viscous and therefore has a harder time finding its own level. If you notice that your candle isn’t starting, this might be the problem. Try using a less viscous type of candle wax for better results.

3. Vibrations:

Vibrations may cause your candle flame to be higher than normal as it can cause the flame to flicker – which increases surface area and oxygen flow. Vibrations can come from various sources such as air conditioners, ceiling fans, even vibrations transmitted through your floor via a foundation or slab. If you want your candle flames to burn lower, try placing them on a non-vibration surface like stone or glass.

4. Drafts:

If you have your candles in drafty areas, the flame will need to work harder to stay lit and thus burn higher. There are various types of drafts, and however, with most drafty situations, you will typically notice a cold or cool breeze blowing either directly on your candles or near them. To prevent this, place your candle on a non-drafty surface, and it should help lower the flame.

5. Type of Wax:

The type of wax you use can greatly affect how well your candle burns. If you happen to notice that your candle isn’t burning as well as it should be, try switching out your wax for something less viscous.

6. Container:

If you use a glass container to hold your candle, the sides of the glass will prevent any airflow, resulting in an unnatural higher than normal flame. Place your candle in a non-glass holder such as on a plate or shelf to lower this flame. 

7. Temperature:

The ideal temperature for a candle’s wax to burn is 120 degrees F. A thermometer should be placed on the top of your candle holders. If you notice that the temperature is too high, you may need to move your candles away from extreme heat sources.

8. Age:

If you’ve had your candles for a long time, they may be burning at an unnatural height. As a candle burns, it will shrink, and the wax pool will rise. If placed in a holder with less depth (such as on top of a flat plate).

9. Wind:

If you live in a windy area or have an open window nearby, the strong winds can blow out your candles. This can cause your candle flames to be less than normal and even blow your wax onto furniture and other surfaces. To resolve this issue, try keeping your windows closed while burning candles, as well as placing them on a stable surface.

the strong winds can blow out your candles

10.Not Enough Oxygen:

Sometimes a flame that is higher than normal is caused by not enough oxygen reaching the wax. If you notice lots of carbon black pieces and soot surrounding your candle, this may mean that too much carbon dioxide was created. To resolve this problem, blow out your candles periodically to release any buildup of CO2.

12 Ways to Prevent High Flame Candle:

1. Use the Correct Candle Size –

if you use a tall, skinny candle in a short holder, it will be more likely to tip over, causing excessive flame.

2. Center the Wick Properly –

if you center the wick correctly, your chances of having that “high flame” will diminish by quite a bit.

3. Always Trim Your Wicks –

if you have an extremely long wick, it will flare up and cause an excessive flame.

4. Avoid Excessive Heat Sources Around Your Candles –

This one is simple. The more heat generated near your candle, the higher the flame will rise from your candle. Excessive heat can be caused by sitting candles too close to other heat sources, like fireplaces or air vents.

5. Allow Candles to Burn Long Enough to Melt the Entire Top Layer of Wax –

If you don’t allow your candle to burn completely down before extinguishing it, the wick will be too short and unstable for a nice flame. Also, when you extinguish your candle, make sure that the wick is all the way down in the wax and not sticking up into a pool of melted wax. Again, this will cause your candle to have an unstable flame.

6. Never Touch or Move a Lit Candle –

If you blow out your candle by fanning it with your hand or try to move it while it’s still burning, you’ll reduce the amount of time that your candle will burn with a nice high flame.

7. Keep Your Wicks Trimmed –

As stated above, if your wick is too long, it will throw off the stability of your flame and cause it to be taller than usual.

8. Use a Good Quality Candle Wax –

If you use low-quality wax, your candle will have a higher flame because the top layer of the candle will be too thin to support the wick when it’s burned down.

9. Use Quality Glass Containers –

If you use cheap plastic containers, they won’t hold up against excessive heat, and your candle may tip over.

excessive heat, candle may tip over.

10. Keep Candles Away From Drafts or Vents –

As stated before, the more heat you generate around your candle will cause an excessively high flame.

11. Use a Candle Snuffer and Never Blow Out Candles –

I know that many people use fanning or blowing out their candles to avoid creating soot on the top of the candle (or the ceiling). But, as was mentioned above, this will cause your candle to have a higher flame.

12. Never Burn Paraffin Candles in Containers –

Paraffin is the most common type of wax used in candles. It can actually melt or catch fire if you place a paraffin candle into an appropriate container for another kind of wax (i.e., soy). So if you’re burning your candles in containers, make sure they are made for a paraffin candle.

Some Tips and Tricks To Flame Your Candle:

1. If you are starting, use a candle taller than 2″ high (example: 4″, 8″, 12″). This will help to get the wick burning faster.

2. When lighting your candle for the first time, place it in an area where no draft or breeze can touch the flame. The airflow will alter the flame and can cause it to go out or not burn straight.

3. Make sure your wick is centered in the container. The wick should contact the side of the candle every quarter inch around the circumference of your container. This will ensure that you have enough wick touching the wax to develop a flame.

4. Trim your wick to 1/8th of an inch before lighting and 1/16th of an inch once it has been burning for a few hours. This will give your candle the ability to deposit the best amount of fragrance without causing excess soot on the wick or container.

5. If you notice unsightly black soot forming on your candle, trimming the wick to 1/8th of an inch should eliminate this issue. Be sure that you do not burn the candle for long durations at a time. If your candle is burning 8 hours or more a day, it will not keep up with the amount of wax vaporization.


To make sure the flame is at a safe height, you need to ensure that your wick size fits the size of your candle. If it’s too small for the candle, then there will not be enough fuel which means less heat and, as a result, no flames! To avoid this problem altogether, measure out what size of candles you want first before purchasing them, so they fit perfectly into place.

You’ll also want to pay attention to how close any flammable objects are from your lit candle; anything over 6 inches away should do fine, but if it gets closer than that (or starts getting hot), then please blow out or move it immediately. But, again, it’s better to be safe than sorry in situations like this. We hope this article has helped you to give the reasons why is your candle flame so high. Let us know your thoughts!

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