Glowstone User Guide - Please read carefully!
CAUTION: Shouldn’t need to say this, but just like a regular candle (or anything that has an open flame) NEVER LEAVE A LIT/BURNING GLOWSTONE CANDLE UNATTENDED! Also, never light your Glowstone in, on, or around anything else that is flammable! Cool? Cool!
It’s important to remember, you’re in possession of a product made from minerals that can have sharp edges or elements to its composition which might damage a surface it is placed upon if it is tipped, dropped, mishandled, etc…so please, be mindful of this.
The other important reminder is that the fuel (paraffin oil) used can stain wood and possibly other surfaces if it is spilled. It is the owner’s sole responsibility to provide or not provide a protective barrier between the Glowstone Candle and any fine surfaces it is set on in the event of an accidental oil spill.
FILLING THE OIL RESERVOIR: Remove wick holder and wick as one piece from the top of your Glowstone. Place the provided funnel in the hole, and then dispense oil from the provided measuring cup into the funnel slowly. Because oil can continue to draw up the wick when not burning (possibly pooling oil on the surface), it is recommended to only add the approximate amount of oil equivalent to the quantity of time you wish to keep your Glowstone lit. Reservoir sizes vary, but a general rule on burn time with a low flame (wick slightly below glass collar) is 1 hour burn time per 5ml of paraffin oil. In the event of overfilling, have a paper towel nearby to clean up any excess oil.
FOR INDOOR USE: The higher or lower the wick, the higher or lower the flame (also the shorter or longer the burn time!)…however, if the flame is too high, the oil will wick out at a rate faster than it can burn efficiently, causing the potential for smoke or sooting from the flame especially in an environment where ambient air is in motion from a fan, central air conditioning, open window, etc. Remember: if you see smoke from the flame, lower the wick! While a highly refined pure paraffin lamp oil is generally odorless, it can be combined with pure plant essential oils to give off a light scent. Some people simply blend the essential oil together with their paraffin oil; what we do is add drops directly into the candle before refilling, so that you can change up scents on each refill if wanted. Realize that not all essential oils blend well (especially if not pure extracts), and not all types give off a strong enough scent to be very noticeable…trial and error is necessary. Some of my favorite scents: Lemon, Bergamot, Sage, Cedar, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Rosemary, Lavender
FOR OUTDOOR USE: Raising the wick higher will increase its resistance to blowing out in wind, at the expense of smoke/sooting from the flame. A few important things to remember here: if the flame is so large that wind can cause it to contact the physical surface of your Glowstone, you run the risk of permanently discoloring it! While some minerals are more resistant, others can be very porous and absorb any sooting from the flame coming in contact with it. A way to prevent this, is to use the “fishbowl” trick: decorate your glowstone inside a spherical glass container (like a fishbowl for instance) which will help to buffet the wind and allow a much lower flame without burning out. Secondly, don’t leave it outside uncovered from the elements (rain, snow, etc.)...if water gets inside the wick hole, it's highly unlikely it will light or stay lit until the internal reservoir is completely dried out. Lastly, prolonged UV radiation (sunlight) can fade the color of certain minerals (amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, flourite are examples), keep that in mind leaving your Glowstone outside or on a window sill and protect accordingly if this is a concern to you.
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