How to Melt Paraffin Wax for Candles

How to Melt Paraffin Wax for Candles

Melting Paraffin wax is usually the first step to make candles? How to melt paraffin wax at home? Depending on different scales, we can use double boiler or wax melting pot to melt paraffin wax slabs. Learn more here.

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Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons. As time goes, paraffin has many new applications in medical, packaging and food industry. But candles still consumes most of paraffin wax. For many kinds of candles, we need to melt paraffin wax first.

How to Melt Wax for Candles at Home

refined paraffin waxes_副本.jpgMost candle makers start in the kitchen or a storage space of your home. Then how to melt wax with limited space and cost? Here you need a double boiler. Before melting, you should have a knowledge of the flash and melting point of the wax you buy.

Paraffin wax is a common choice for making candles. Paraffin wax melts above 37 ℃ and has a flash point of 199.0 ℃ without additives and 249.0 ℃ with additives. Break up your wax into a bowl if you buy a paraffin wax slab. Heat the wax on 160 to 171℃ for 10-15 minutes.

This is also known as medium-low heat, or 3 to 5 on a numerical element scale. Keep an eye on the temperature using a cooking thermometer and adjust the heat accordingly. Stir the wax using a wooden spoon every 1 minute or so. Break up any large chunks of wax with your spoon.

How to Melt Wax for Candles for Business

wax melting pot.jpgIf you have started candle making business, you need to a wax melting pot.The industrial wax melter consists of three layers: inner stainless steel, heat-conducting oil layer and insulation layer. It can be equipped with 380V or 220V power supply according to user needs.

The wax melter make use of the electric heating tubes to heat the heat-conducting oil, then melting paraffin wax. The wax melting pot is equipped with a temperature controller, and indicator light, an AC contactor and a paraffin temperature probe to achieve automatic temperature control.

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