Do Gel Candles Explode?
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Are gel candles safe? I've heard
that they can explode!
What is gel made of?
What is the difference between low,
medium, and high density gel?
How do you ship ?
Are gel candles safe?
Gel candles are just as safe as any
other type of candle. While you should never add flammable items to
any candle, the gel itself has no explosive properties. There is a
popular internet rumor that is spread by email that begins, "A
friend of mine's secretary bought a gel candle and..." Penreco
representatives have long since stopped trying to locate the source
of this popular urban legend. As long as you use sturdy glassware
and do not add flammable materials, then they should work just fine. One
word of warning - keep your candles free of dust! Dust, whether you
realized it or not, can burn, and if you allow a layer of dust to
collect on the top of you candle, this dust can become saturated
with wet wax and burn. Store/display candles with lids on them
or carefully wipe the exposed wax clean with a rag that has been
soaked in mineral oil.
What is gel made of?
Gel wax is made from mineral oil and
a special resin that gives it the solid property. This is a
great thing to remember when you are thinking about adding items to
your candles - you know you could put glass, sand, and shells in hot
oil but you wouldn't dare add silk flowers. While the gel wax should
never get as hot as the oil you fry French fries in, it's a handy
rule of thumb to go by. If you wouldn't try to fry it, don't put it
in a candle!
What is the difference in densities?
The most specific difference is the
amount of resin in the formulation. The higher the density, the
greater the "throw" of the scent. Low density can handle
some lighter embeds, medium density is excellent for scent and
embedding, and high density is the thickest gel of all. Penreco
has some excellent FAQs on the different types of gel and scent
How do you ship?
We ship via UPS for domestic orders and US Mail for
those who live in Alaska, HI., and other locations outside of the
continental US and request this service.