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Can You Make Candles Without a Double Boiler?

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If you’re new to candle making, you may be wondering how you melt the wax. A lot of people pour the wax into a pan and place this directly onto a heat source, but this can cause the wax to melt too quickly and creates fire hazard.

The answer: Its not required but makes candle making much easier. In order to create some separation between the heat of the pan and the wax, you can use a double boiler. This is a great method to use but it is not the only option you have to melt your wax and make your own candles.

A double boiler involves boiling water and using the steam that is created to heat the wax. If you want to invest in a fancy double boiler to melt your wax, then go ahead! However, DIY double boilers work just as well. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make your own by placing a large pan onto an element and filling it with water. Add a smaller pot to the centre of the pan and place your wax into this. Make sure to use a non-stick pan and a heat-proof pan or pot such as a Pyrex bowl or a mason jar.

Something that is not recommended is using a silicone double boiler. Silicone is resistant to heat, but can take much longer to transfer the heat than a metal equivalent, making the process a lot longer than it needs to be.

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An alternative option is using the microwave. Make sure to use a microwave-safe container, add your wax, and heat it for one to two minutes at a time, stirring between each interval and keeping a close eye on the mixture the whole time. Wax melts faster in a microwave compared to a double boiler. This is a more time-efficient method, but be careful not to overheat or burn the wax once it liquifies in the microwave.

The double boiler method is arguably a safer method than using a microwave to melt your wax. This is because you can monitor the temperature of the wax throughout the process when using a double boiler, but this is harder to do when using a microwave. A double boiler also stops the wax from getting too hot too quickly, and stops it from sticking to the pan or pot.

Regardless of which method you use, make sure to keep a close eye on your melting wax, so it doesn’t overheat or catch fire – safety first!

A double boiler is one of the best and safest ways you can effectively melt your wax and create some amazing candles, but it is not the only method you can use. Try each method a few times, and find which one works best for you.