Candles/Dust/Yankee vs. others
Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:27 PM
So, wondering 2 things: I used to use the Yankee jars with Illuma-Lids and am contemplating returning to those, since I am wondering if there really is something to those lids in terms of keeping the candle burning soot to a minimum. I always love how still the wick is using this method and I wonder if that translates to less dust. Second, I'm re-visiting the whole paraffin vs. soy debate in terms of limiting the dust/soot. I know soy can have 'white soot' too I guess. Anyway, thoughts?
Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:51 PM
Something else that was a happy accident is that one of the main spots that I burn candles is very near a smoke detector. So if I neglect the wick and a candle gets out of control, the smoke detector goes off and lets me know soot is getting in the air.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:42 PM
I could be remembering all this wrong, but I do definitely remember that the sort of paraffin used in candles (at least the sort we candle fanatics would be interested in burning) is food grade quality and just wouldn't put out toxins and pollutants the way some people promoting soy products claim.
I would say that any black smoke released from untrimmed wicks could be a genuine indoor pollution problem, but I'm wondering if your dust might be something other than candle related? I know where I live we are having incredible drought, and therefore lots of dust. It doesn't help that we have pets, too. Are you in a drought area or part of the country affected by forest fires?
We ended up getting our central heating and airconditioning lines cleaned out by Coit, and have hardly had any dust floating around since. (And I know it's not cause I haven't been burning lots of candles!) If you do have central air, it might be a good idea to check/replace your filter or get your system cleaned. Good luck, and happy candle burning!
Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:44 PM