Do you love to relax outside by the pool or on the patio with a lit candle? Maybe you are planning an outdoor wedding and want candles to set a fantastic atmosphere for your guests? Candles can provide a soothing ambiance, but sometimes they can be frustrating because they always seem to blow out in the wind. This blog post will share some tips to help keep your candles burning bright, even outdoors!
As a general rule, you want to use pillar candles as they have a broader base preventing them from blowing over. You will also want to purchase or make a wind protector for your candle. Ensure that your wicks are 1/4 of an inch long and are placed in an area sheltered from the wind.
You can do a few things to keep your candles burning bright, even when a breeze is blowing. We will explore them in more detail below.
Types of candles for the outdoors
When choosing a candle to use outdoors, it is essential to consider the candle’s type of wax. For example, beeswax candles are known for their ability to withstand windy conditions better than other wax candles. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, soy candles are also suitable for outdoor use or a hybrid of the two. Just be sure to avoid candles made with paraffin wax, as they tend to extinguish more quickly in windy conditions.
One option is to use pillar candles instead of tapers. Pillar candles are thicker and have a broader base, making them less likely to tip over in the wind. If you are using taper candles, try weighting them down with a pebble or place them in sand at the bottom of your container. You can also use citronella candles, which are made to repel insects. These candles often come in taper or pillar form and can be found at most stores that sell candles. The added benefit of insect repellant is also a great addition on those long summer nights.
Containers for your candles
One of the simplest things you can do is to use a lantern. Lanterns are designed to keep candles burning in the wind, so they’re a great option if you’re looking for an easy solution. If you don’t have a lantern, you can also try weighing down your candle with something heavy. This will help keep it from blowing over in the wind.
Another way to keep your candles from blowing out in the wind is to use a hurricane lantern. Hurricane lanterns are designed to hold candles burning in the wind. They have a glass or metal enclosure protecting the candle from the wind.
Another option is to create a windbreak for your candle. You can surround it with things that block the wind, like rocks or other heavy objects. If you’re using a candle in a jar, you can even try filling the jar with sand before adding the candle. This will help keep the candle from tipping over in the wind.
When it comes to choosing a candle holder, it is also essential to consider the weight of the holder. Heavy candle holders are less likely to tip over in the wind than lighter ones. If you’re using a glass holder, be sure to choose one that is thick and sturdy enough to withstand wind gusts.
If you’re using candles in lanterns, ensure the lantern is secured, so it doesn’t tip over in the wind and start a fire. You can place the lantern on a flat surface or hang it from a hook or nail.
Make your own candle lantern from a wine bottle.
One way to keep your candles from blowing out in the wind is to make your own candle holder. You can use a variety of materials, such as:
Choose a heavy material that will not blow away in the wind. If you are using a glass holder, make sure it is thick and sturdy. You can also use stones or rocks to weigh down the holder.
One of the most straightforward DIY candle holders is to use a glass wine bottle. You can do this by purchasing a wine bottle cutter and following the steps below.
- Place the wine bottle onto the bottle cutter and rotate the bottle.
- Place the bands from the wine cutter kit on either side of the incision that you have just made.
- Pour boiling water onto the incision between the bands.
- Continue to pour hot water until the bottom of the bottle comes loose.
- Use sandpaper to smooth the edge of the bottle case.
- Polish the glass and add any decoration to the wine bottle.
You have your wine bottle candle case to shelter your candle from the outdoors!
Wick management for the outdoors
Make sure you trim your wicks before each use. Longer wicks can cause your candles to burn faster and make them more likely to blow out in the wind. By keeping your wicks trimmed, you can help prevent your candles from going out in the breeze.
Candle Outdoor Placement
As for where to place your candles, it is best to avoid placing them directly on surfaces that can be easily blown over, such as tables or ledges. Instead, try to put them in areas where they will be sheltered from the wind, like on a porch or garden.
Ensure that your candles are not placed in areas that attract the wind. This includes open spaces that have no shelter from the wind. When the wind becomes extreme, make sure to bring your candles into a more sheltered area. Even the best lantern cannot withstand a hurricane – that is for sure!
Frequently Asked Questions – Outdoor Candles
Do candles work outside?
Candles work outside, but they may not stay lit for very long. If you’re using candles outdoors, you can do a few things to keep them from blowing out in the wind. You also want to protect them from the elements, including extreme temperatures, rain, and wind.
Can outdoor candles get wet?
If it’s a stormy day, you may want to consider moving your candles indoors. If you can’t do that, here are a few things steps you can do to keep your candles from getting wet:
- Cover them with a glass jar or lantern.
- Put them under an awning or porch.
- Place them on a plate or tray.
Can I use battery-operated candles outside?
Battery-operated candles are an excellent option for using outside. Here are a few tips:
- Choose LED candles, as they will last longer than traditional candles.
- Pick a candle that is the right size for your lantern or holder.
- Consider using rechargeable batteries to save money in the long run.
Candles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but sometimes they can be frustrating when they keep blowing out. You can help keep your candles burning bright, even when a breeze blows, by following these tips. So grab a lantern and some pillar candles, and enjoy the outdoors!
Do you have any tips for keeping candles burning in the wind? Please share them in the comments below!