Most candlemakers ship their products with care cards or other such informational material that tell customers not to burn candles for more than 4 hours at a time, not to leave candles unattended, etc. Still, stories of cracked (or worse, exploding) jars abound. A chandler’s worst nightmare is hearing from a customer that their candle caused a fire.
Is there any way to protect against that? Proper wicking, of course… but most candles are tested under ideal conditions and following burn recommendations. And sometimes that slightly-larger wick is a bit too much for a vessel, but also throws amazingly and fills the room in an instant.
Less fragile materials (such as tin and concrete) are also popular. These materials have less of a tendency to crack or explode under extreme changes in heat, but they also just don’t have the same look that a glass jar does.
To help candlemakers decide if a vessel is safe or not, I abuse my vessels with over-wicked power burns and check to see how they hold up under intentional stresses beyond what a reasonable candlemaker would do. Here’s my latest power burn in the Marilyn vessel.
Notice how deep the melt pool is (1.5 inches–I measured). The outside of the thick vessel “only” reads 160F even though the inside is over 200F. The thickness of the vessel means that even under extreme burn conditions, this vessel will hold in all that hot wax and flame. Perfect if your customers like to burn their candles way beyond what their care cards say!
Hooray, our loan on Kiva has been fully funded! Thank you to every one who contributed and have supported us! This loan is only a small fraction of the funding needed to launch a vessel supply store, but it is vital and without it we would not be able to launch with the number of vessels we will be launching with.
In celebration, we are giving out an unprecedented 30% discount to EVERYONE who uses code THANKSKIVAF4 before the end of 2020. It is highly unlikely this high a discount will ever come again!
THANK YOU for your support, and I look forward to shipping all these vessels!
My manufacturer has finished stuffing the last boxes into the container and they are loading it onto a ship right now. I’ve filled customs power-of-attorney paperwork with my customs broker. The quicker that ship sails, the sooner vessels are distributed!
Right now, 26,000 vessels within this container (all Shadowfire and Marilyn vessels) are estimated to arrive, be sorted/checked in, and shipped in about:
(Above information accurate as of January 12, 2021.)
When I founded Februaryfour Trading, I promised not to take pre-orders and make you wait months for vessels. However, at this point it’s only a matter of weeks, and some of you have requested that I begin reservations for these vessels. This company was made to serve you, the candle-making community, so your wish is my command. To assuage my conscience, orders will only be charged when they are about to ship.
If you are comfortable with an estimated ship date in January 2021, then please pre-order to reserve yours before supplies run out! I tend to over-communicate, and I will post updates on the ship’s progress as I get it. If you have any questions, as always please feel free to contact me!
Welcome to Februaryfour Trading! We have been working since June to get to this point, but we can now launch with some of our vessels ready to ship right here from Highlands Ranch, Denver, Colorado. Please bear with us while the site is still under construction but ALL orders will be fulfilled immediately as soon as we see it!
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