If you make a lot of candles at once, you are probably looking for a better solution to help you melt and pour your wax. I hate having to watch my wax in a double boiler because I’m worried it’s going to get too hot. Personally, I like dedicated wax melters for melting my wax.
You can easily set a temperature for your wax to reach and let it stay there while you get all your containers ready. It’s a bit less stressful for me, and I’m assuming you feel the same if you’re reading this. Read on to learn how to use a wax melter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Wax Melter?
A wax melter is an appliance or vessel meant to melt any wax you like. Many come with a spout to make it easier to pour your melted wax. You can buy pots with spigots meant to be used with a heat source, or buy one that includes a heat source.
They frequently include a temperature control so you can easily melt different waxes. For instance, you want your soy wax to be around 185 degrees to add fragrance. Other types of wax have different melting temperatures. If you’ve been making candles already, you should know all your temperatures already.
They make it a bit easier to melt larger batches of wax. They tend to look pretty similar to rice cookers or other electric pots on the market. While you can use these for wax in models that offer temperature control, they can be a bit hard to use since they don’t have a spout to make pouring easier and neater. You could try pouring into a pouring pitcher, but I tend to spill when I have tried similar things in the past.
Plug in wax melter?
You can buy wax melters that plug in. These work great for smaller candle makers or hobbyists. You can buy much larger melters, but these commercial models are frequently impractical for smaller batches. I like the electric models since many come with temperature control so I don’t need to worry about overheating my wax as much.
How to Clean a Wax Melter
Wax melters are pretty easy to clean, no worse than a typical pouring pot. All you need to do is make sure your wax is warm and wipe the liquid wax out with a paper towel. You can clean up any residue left when your pot cools with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.
As for the spigot, just use very hot soapy water and let it run through the open valve. You should be able to take apart the valve so you can use a rolled-up paper towel with more rubbing alcohol to help clean everything out.
Remember, you need to clean up thoroughly when you plan to change colors or scents so you don’t end up with any contamination in your next batch of wax. Most melters do have a coating to make cleaning them out easier.
Most of the supplies you will be using for this tutorial are pretty standard tools used in candlemaking. If you have already been making candles, then you likely have all of these on hand already.
- Wax Melter
- Wax of Choice
- Pouring Pot
- Candle Molds or Containers
- Wicks with Tabs
- Wick Stickers
- Stirring Stick
- Fragrance Oil
- Warning Stickers
Your wax melter will decide on what you will need. If you have one with a spigot on the bottom, you will want your wax melter elevated so you can pour the wax into your containers. You could do this by positioning it at the edge of the counter or table. I personally prefer using a sturdy box to lift it up so I don’t need to risk jostling my candle jars as much and risk sloshing hot wax around.
You should make sure your melter can handle the temperature your wax will melt at. I prefer soy and beeswax, but technically you can melt most waxes in a typical wax melter. You can use paraffin wax, but I wouldn’t suggest it. Paraffin wax is toxic and derived from petroleum.
You can use any kind of container or mold you like to make your candles. Feel free to get creative! Just make sure you can fill them easily. You will need plenty of room under your spigot if you are using a tall jar. I like recycling old containers for candles.
Wicks should be picked based on your wax and container. I do use handmade wicks sometimes, so feel free to use them as well. They can be a great way to save money.
Wick stickers are for sticking down your wick tab. You can use stickers meant for this or superglue as well as hot glue or even a bit of melted wax. You just want your wick to stay centered as your pour in your wax.
Fragrance oil is your best bet for scenting candles. Essential oils can technically be used, but you won’t get as good of a result with them.
Also, be sure you use coloring meant for candles. Some people claim you can use food coloring for candles, but it likely won’t mix with your wax and may be hazardous.
How to Use a Wax Warmer
This tutorial is for a popular type of wax melter. So long as your wax melter looks like this, this tutorial should work regardless of brand.
Step 1. Plug in Your Wax Melter
You should plug in your wax melter and set your temperature now. Make sure you know how hot your wax needs to be to melt as well as the flashpoint. Generally, you want to use a setting just between warm and 200 degrees. This should work for soy wax. Be sure to watch it since it will melt fast and you should use your thermometer.
Pro-tip: The flashpoint is the temperature at which anything will light on fire. Your wax should have this noted somewhere on the package. Things like fragrance oil and coloring will also have this noted on the packaging.
Step 2. Pour Your Wax
Once your wax is melted, you are ready to pour. You can mix your fragrance and coloring directly into the pot, but this does make it a bit more involved to clean later. This tutorial suggests dispensing your wax into a separate pouring pitcher to add fragrance and coloring. This also helps you cool your wax to the right temperature for pouring into your candles.
Pro-tip: You can do two things to make measuring your wax easier. One idea is to take a scale, zero it out, and keep this on as you pour your wax and measure it. The other is to mark inside your pouring pitcher to show how much wax is a pound for instance. This can save you time.
Step 3. Clean Out Your Melter
Once you need to clean out your wax melter, it is pretty simple. Just pour out all the wax and use a paper towel to wipe up any residue. A good wax melter will have a coating so it is easy to clean out. Now your wax melter is ready for whatever candle you plan on making next!
Pro-tip: If you won’t be changing waxes or scents, you can just let your wax resolidify right in the pot. Once you’re ready to make candles again, you can just heat it up again. Just use the lid to keep lint and debris out of your wax.
As you can see, a wax melter can really help make melting big batches of wax nice and simple. I love how easy it is to use for making larger candles. Just make sure you watch the temperature since wax can be ruined if it gets too hot.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you did, be sure to share it with your friends! Also, if you have any thoughts or helpful tips, be sure to leave a comment!