If you make a large number of candles at once, you’re seeking a better way to melt and pour your wax. I wouldn’t say I like having to keep an eye on my wax in a double boiler because I’m afraid it’ll become too hot. For melting my wax, I use specialized melters.
You may easily select a temperature for your wax and leave it there while preparing all of your containers. It’s less stressful for me, and I’m sure you agree if you’re reading this. Continue reading to find out how to operate a wax melter.
What is a Wax Melter?
It is a mechanism or vessel used to melt any wax. Many include a spout to make pouring your melted wax simpler. You may purchase pots with fixtures designed to be used with a heat source, or you can purchase one that incorporates a heat source. They typically contain a temperature control, allowing you to melt various waxes effortlessly.
For example, to add scent, you want your soy wax to be approximately 180 degrees, and various varieties of wax have varied melting temperatures. If you’ve been making candles for a while, you should be familiar with all of the temps.
Candles vs Wax Melts
So, what are the main distinctions between candles and scented wax melts? The key distinction is how they appear and how they are used. Candles can be lighted for two to four hours and then extinguished. On the other hand, Wax melts must be heated slowly with a melt warmer, also known as a burner.
These are available in two varieties: electric or light tea burners. The primary advantage of employing them is that they are typically safer to use. An electric burner does not have a bare flame, and most tea lights will burn out within four hours.
Plug-in Wax Melt
Plug-in wax melters are available and are ideal for smaller candle manufacturers or amateurs. Much bigger may be purchased; however, these commercial models are typically impracticable for smaller volumes. I like electric versions since they include temperature control, which means I don’t have to worry about scorching my wax as much.
How to Clean a Wax Melter
They are pretty simple to clean, no more complex than a standard pouring pot. You have to make sure it is heated and wipe away any excess liquid wax using a paper towel. With a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol, you may wipe off any residue that remains after your pot cools.
To clean the fixture, run boiling soapy water through the open valve. You should be able to disassemble the valve and use a rolled-up paper towel soaked in more rubbing alcohol to rinse everything out. Remember to fully clean up before changing colors or smells to avoid contamination in your next batch of wax. Most melters include a covering to make cleaning them simpler.
The majority of the items you’ll need for this guide are standard candle-making tools. If you’ve been making candles before, you probably already have all of them on hand.
- Melting Pot
- Candle Molds or Containers
- Wicks with Tabs
- Wick Stickers
- Stirring Stick
- Fragrance Oil
- Warning Stickers
Your melter will determine what you require. Elevate your melter to pour the wax into your containers if a spigot is on the base. You might accomplish this by placing it along the edge of the counter or table. I prefer to use a solid box to raise it so that I don’t have to risk jarring my candle jars and pouring hot wax everywhere.
You should ensure that your melter can manage the temperature at which your wax will melt. Although I prefer soy and beeswax, other types may be melted in a standard wax melter. You could use paraffin type, but I wouldn’t recommend it, and Paraffin type is a hazardous petroleum byproduct. You can use whatever type of container or mold you like to produce your candles.
Feel free to be innovative! Just make sure you can quickly fill them. If you’re using a tall jar, you’ll need plenty of space under your spigot. I enjoy reusing old candle canisters. Wicks should be chosen in accordance with your wax and container. I occasionally use homemade wicks, so feel free to do the same.
They might be an excellent means of saving money. Wick stickers are used to secure your wick tab. You may use stickers designed for this purpose, super glue, hot glue, or even melted wax. All you need is for your wick to remain centered as you pour in your wax. For scented candles, fragrance oil is your best bet.
Essential oils can be utilized; however, they will not have the same results. Also, make sure you use candle colors. Some people claim that you can use food coloring to make candles, but it will most likely not mix with the wax and may be harmful.
How to Use a Wax Warmer
You should turn on your melter and set the temperature right now. Make sure you understand the flashpoint and how hot your wax has to melt. In general, you want to utilize a temperature between warm and 200 degrees, which should work with soy wax. Keep an eye on it since it will melt quickly, and use your thermometer.
Pour Your Wax
You’re ready to pour after your wax has melted. You may blend your scent and colors right into the pot, although this makes cleaning up a little more difficult afterward. This method proposes putting your wax into a different pouring container to add scent and color. This also aids in cooling your wax to the proper temperature for pouring into your candles.
Clean Out Your Melter
It is relatively simple to clean out your wax melter. Pour out all of the wax and wipe away any residue with a paper towel. A decent melter will have a covering that makes it simple to clean. Now your wax melter is ready for the next candle you want to make!
As you can see, a melter can make melting large volumes of wax much easier. I like how simple it is to use for manufacturing larger candles. Just keep an eye on the temperature since it may be damaged if it gets too hot.