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Topic: How can I recycle a jar candle?

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Subject: How can I recycle a jar candle?
Date Posted: 2/9/2008 8:51 PM ET
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We have a couple of nice scented jar candles that have reached the end of their wicks,  Unfortunately, the jars are still half full of wax  surrounding the center hole.  I can get new wicks at the local craft store, but how can I safely melt the remaining wax to once again fill the jar, without cracking the glass?

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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I take a metal skewer, heat it over another candle, poke a hole in the leftover cander and insert a slender birthday candle.  Works really well.


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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2007
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They sell all sorts of what used to be coffee warmers. You just set your jar on it and turn it on !!!  It is the only way they let a person in a nursing home have a candle !!  I bought several at garage sales for less than a $.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 11:05 PM ET
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An easy way to melt the wax is to put the jar candle UPSIDE DOWN (so the wax can melt out) inside of a pan large enough to hold it.  Put it in the oven and turn the oven to 200 degrees (NO hotter or the fragrance oils or wax can catch fire!), the wax should melt out of the jar EASILY after about 5 minutes. 

Then make sure the jar is clean, and secure your wick to the bottom of the jar using either wick-stickums or a hot glue gun, etc.  Then put the wax into a small metal pot of any kind.  Fill a larger pot with about 1-2" of water, then place the pot with wax inside that pot (commonly called a "double-boiler" method), heat the water on medium-high heat until the wax in the inside pot is completely melted (use a candy thermometer to make sure it doesn't go above 200 degrees F if it's a hard wax - I do not recommend doing this with gel wax AT ALL as it isn't really meant to be recycled and can get hot very very fast!). 

Once it's melted (you can mix up wax from other 'dead' candles also), pour it into your prepared jar and voila' - recycled candle.

With that being said, I recommend using google to look up safe candlemaking practices so you know how to be safe while doing it!

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:06 PM ET
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If you can find a votive candle the same scent and color as your jar candle, just insert the votive in the hole and enjoy your 'new' candle!

And to keep from getting a hole in the center of any candle, don't extinguish it until the entire top surface is melted from the heat of the flame.  Larger diameter candles need to burn for several hours at a time in order to burn down evenly.