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How do I melt my candle wax at home

As a seasoned candle maker with over 10 years of experience, I understand the intricacies of candle making and the importance of having the right tools for the job. While expensive candle making equipment may seem appealing, especially with the promise of increased efficiency and precision, the truth is that using a simple pan for candle making can be just as effective, if not more so, in certain situations.

One of the key advantages of using a simple pan like this one below for candle making is its accessibility and affordability. Unlike specialised candle making equipment, which often comes with a hefty price tag, a basic pan can be found in virtually any kitchen and is typically much more budget-friendly. I always feel if you have these huge outlays at the start of your candle making journey one of your first thoughts is ‘I need to make because I have bought all this equipment’ and therefore taking the pleasure away.

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Additionally, using a simple pan allows for greater flexibility and experimentation in the candle making process. Plus with specialised equipment you are having to learn how to use it. This means that you can easily customise your candle recipes, try out new techniques without being constrained by the limitations of specific equipment, for instance, do I add fragrance to the boiler or after I drain it out? what do I do if I have wax left in the boiler? How do I clean it out? What is the correct temperature to set it to?

Furthermore, a pan offers greater control over the candle making process, allowing you to monitor and adjust the temperature more precisely. While specialised equipment may come with built-in temperature controls or other features designed to streamline the process, a basic pan allows you to rely on your own skills and intuition as a candle maker. With practice and experience, you can learn to gauge the temperature, texture, and consistency of your wax mixture, ensuring that each candle is crafted to perfection in the beginning. I was pouring hundreds of candles for the Fairmont Hotel on my kitchen table with a pan, metal jug or Pyrex Jug and stove top!

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Many experienced candle makers like myself still find joy in the simplicity of the process, embracing the hands-on approach and the opportunity to connect with their craft on a deeper level. Whether you’re melting wax on the stovetop or carefully pouring it into molds, there’s a sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing that each candle is crafted with care and attention to detail.

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From its accessibility and affordability to its flexibility and control, a basic pan like this one can be a valuable tool in your candle making arsenal, allowing you to unleash your creativity and bring your artistic vision to life.


I invested in one of these wax boilers after I was at absolute capacity after 2 years of manufacturing.

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