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Any suggestions on candles that don't create black smoke?

Started 1287082029.86 in Candles | Last reply 1289600248.737 by GrannyDea

Last winter, we were without electricity for many days. We used candles at night and didn't realize what yuk they were putting in the air until I cleaned the inside of windows. Oh, it's awful. Since our weather is turning cooler, it reminded me of last winter and wanted to try to find some candles before any icy conditions so we can prepared. We just hope and pray there are no more winters like that one. Are soy candles safe to use when you breathe the smoke? And clean? I didn't check the Candles section here and if I had, I might find my answer. Anyway, I will go ahead and send this hoping someone can help. Thanks in advance.

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catwhisper­er1287082376.6433154 PostsRegistered 12/4/2009So.CA

I used to burn a lot of candles, but the smoke and black soot got to be too much. Soy candles are somewhat better, but since I have cats, for safety purposes, I now only have Candle Impressions flameless candles in my home. I have them in every room and love them.

VCamp27481287083362.8235725 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

I know many people like real candles that burn, but my money's on the flameless, battery-operated candles now. Yes, I know you have to stock batteries, but it sounds like you live where power outages are common so are accustomed to keeping a supply of batteries on hand. Even better, get a recharging unit & just use rechargeable batteries.

Honestly, the flameless candles are safer in case they get knocked over, or if you fall asleep while they're "burning." I hope Mother Nature is kinder to you this winter!

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GrannyDea1287085291.293963 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006OK

Thanks dears. I think the flameless would be the way to go. I'll just need to check to see what brand and best price on that type of "candle". If you or anyone has any suggestions on the best place to shop for this type of candle, I would appreciate it. And I too hope we don't have anymore heavy ice to cause problems this year. And we are in Southern OK. Who would think we'd have that much ice, but it happens. But also who would think we would have an earthquake like we had yesterday either. We didn't feel it but our son called and said things on his desk at work rattled, along with others in his building. And his work is only on the outskirts of town. East side and we are on the west side. But the news last night said that at least 12,000 people felt it from KC, to Dallas. It was about 80 NE of us where it originated from. Too close for comfort. And we are tornado alley not earthquake country. LOL There's been quite a few the last few months though and close to the same area as yesterdays. Sorry, I got off the subject here.

Brabls1287085848.50314740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

Any combustion will produce smoke. A flame is oxidizing the material burned: it has to go somewhere!

winamac1287093765.9719053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana

Yankees are the WORST as far as soot. They all give off soot when they burn, but Yankees, according to my hvac guy , are the worst. He recommends I do not burn them. I don't any longer. Slatkins and Woodwicks are not as bad.

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blahblahva­mpemerblah1287096697.2775972 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/14/2010 winamac said:

Yankees are the WORST as far as soot. They all give off soot when they burn, but Yankees, according to my hvac guy , are the worst. He recommends I do not burn them. I don't any longer. Slatkins and Woodwicks are not as bad.

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I find that they're all bad--especially if you blow them out rather than extinguishing the flame with the lid. At this time of the year, it doesn't really matter because the windows are open a great deal more.

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~John Burroughs

purrmom1287096924.753398 PostsRegistered 5/27/2010Mid-MO

I love the Candle Impressions from QVC with the timers. You will never come home to a dark house & the wick flickers just like a real candle.

onlineshopr1287102668.033710 PostsRegistered 6/12/2005
On 10/14/2010 GrannyDea said:

Thanks dears. I think the flameless would be the way to go. I'll just need to check to see what brand and best price on that type of "candle". If you or anyone has any suggestions on the best place to shop for this type of candle, I would appreciate it..........

GrannyDea--If you want them to be pretty and convenient with the timers, yes, the CandleImpressions are probably your best bet. But, if you are just wanting to find the cheapest ones to use for power outages, I've seen them everywhere I've been lately. CVS, BigLots, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sams Club, they're everywhere! Starting around $3-$4 a piece for the 4" tall ones. There are even local places that you may find the ones with timers. They are becoming increasingly available it seems. HTH!

GrannyDea1287179204.303963 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006OK

Thanks onlineshopr, and all you other "dear friends" who replied. I will look at Wally World the next time I go. I sure would like to be prepared in case we have another winter like last year.

PinkSugar1287247109.04320023 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

Soy = no smoke.

Life is like a snowstorm...you'll meet a lot of flakes.

GrannyDea1287279614.327963 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006OK

Soy doesn't smoke, pinksugar? That's good to know. I would rather have a "real" candle that doesn't take batteries but sure don't want to go through the smoke those created last winter.

autumn221287281951.10795 PostsRegistered 9/6/2005

Another vote for Candle Impressions Battery Candles with timer. Wonderful. And use them every night, it gives the house such a wonderful warm feeling with their glow. I highly recommend them!

BarbB1287503602.363215 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Maryland

Natural wax candles like palm and soy are very low soot. IMO, flameless candles defeat the whole purpose of candles because I love a variety of strong scents, but I also love electric melters and melting discs. I have 7 cats and 2 dogs and don't have any problems with candles (only burn when I'm in room) or melters. My favorites are Mia Bella Gourmet Candles.

Barb

GrannyDea1287525862.26963 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006OK

BarbB, I too would like the flame because of the smell they put out. But I can also use my warmer for that. The flameless would be nice except for having to always have the right size batteris around. But some look so real and wonder if there are any that also have "scents"? Thanks for the candle recommendations (brands) you like.

Jendoo1287526240.04593 PostsRegistered 3/17/2008

Where are you ladies finding the soot? I burn candles a lot, I don't think I've ever seen black stuff around. Is it in your HVAC system (like winamac mentioned)?

GrannyDea1287537211.71963 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006OK

jendoo, you should have seen what came off our dining room windows after burning those candles. It was so black and that's the only thing that could have done it. We had them sitting on our dining room table (only dining area we have) so we could see to eat, and read if we wanted to. I've been reading about the Slatkin but can't find anywhere that is says that are soot free. Does anyone know? Thanks to everyone (so far) that has responded to me.

winamac1287574794.4119053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana

I had TONS of black soot on my windows from using Yankee. There isn't as much black soot on my windows when using Slatkins or Woodwicks, but as others said...you can still get it from any candle that burns.

kelsey 031287589550.35781 PostsRegistered 3/28/2010

yankees are the worst. when u have the heat on it pulls this stuff in and the soot goes all over the place. slatkin does soot some yet not nearly as bad. ive used both and have quite a few slatkins going during xmas season n they do show some darkening of the hvac filter but none of the black from yankee. your air vents will be soot covered too. walmart has single wick candles that are soy made in berea ky that have about as much soot as slatkin. just look at the bottom of the jar. some of their scents rival major manufacturers. their 3 wicks though are soot makers. love the scents of some yankee ones just dont care for the cleanup.. soot gets on everything electronics walls etc..

aggravated1287590639.337497 PostsRegistered 12/9/2009

Candles made of real beeswax do not smoke or produce soot. They are a bit more expensive than soy, or other run-of-the-mill commonly sold candles. There are plenty of sites online for purchasing.

Peri-doe1287593315.67526 PostsRegistered 8/25/2010

What I have found helpful is to keep the wick trimmed real low even if you have to blow the candle out, trim the wick and relight. No soot.

MOMOF2BOYS1287593715.71200 PostsRegistered 2/23/2007

I burn Yankee, WoodWick and Slatkin and they all produce some black smoke. I recently bought some soy candles at Kohls and the black soot from them were horrible. So soy candles do also produce black soot. I have some flameless candle but I enjoy the nice scent so I will continue to burn real candles.

VCamp27481287593962.3935725 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006
On 10/19/2010 Jendoo said:

Where are you ladies finding the soot? I burn candles a lot, I don't think I've ever seen black stuff around. Is it in your HVAC system (like winamac mentioned)?

Jen, the smoke from the flame has to go somewhere. Somewhat similar is cigarette smoke. It seems to dissipate into the air, but go to clean windows & you'll find lots of black stuff. It also gets on the walls & ceiling, but how often do we actually clean those, other than light dusting?

Gloria1287594136.594206 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/14/2010 catwhisperer said:

I used to burn a lot of candles, but the smoke and black soot got to be too much. Soy candles are somewhat better, but since I have cats, for safety purposes, I now only have Candle Impressions flameless candles in my home. I have them in every room and love them.

Same here and I love them. Looking for new ones now for the DR table (Candle Impressions doesn't seem to update that often with new things).

I used to love candles, but with cats I was worried about it. You're also not supposed to leave them unattended. So this was I can have them in my bathrooms, on the mantle, etc. and not worry. I don't miss burning them at all. I love CI and the timers are the best!

Brabls1287594728.89714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 10/14/2010 Brabls said:

Any combustion will produce smoke. A flame is oxidizing the material burned: it has to go somewhere!

I repeat......... the molecules of the burned product have to go somewhere. Energy is released during combustion , but the residue from wax (what ever form of wax) goes into the air in your home. There is no soot free candle.

The point of a catalytic converter is to reduce the equivalent of soot emissions by using a higher heat, to release more energy. But there still are some emission.

namealread­ytaken1287595915.557648 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

When you have burned a candle and have blown it out or snuffed it out, before relighting, cut the wick. That will help in preventing some of the black smoke stuff, and also use soy candles. I find that helps most of all. It is not going to prevent 100% of it, but it sure is better than the wax candles. Of course, best are the flameless candles, but if you are without power for days on end as we were during recent hurricanes and tornadoes, that is also not an option.

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