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Does a candle temperature affect its burning rate?
Question Date: 2012-10-16
Answer 1:

It sure does, but that depends on what you mean by the "temperature" of the candle. The way a candle works is by burning off wax: because a candle flame is hot, the wax around the flame melts and becomes liquid. This liquid wax is absorbed into wick, where it's burned and creates the flame.

So, if the candle flame is hotter (or bigger), it'll melt wax at a faster rate, so the candle will be used up at a faster rate.

However, the temperature of the wax throughout the candle is less important, since the flame is so much hotter than the rest of the candle: it's really the flame temperatures that matters the most.

Answer 2:

Yes, higher temperatures will mean faster burning.

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