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Old 02-10-2005, 07:48 PM   #1
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What makes candles lose their wax.. like you light a candle, then an hour later you have this big puddle of wax.. what makes the wax evaporate or whatever? I am curious if I could make a candle that burns forever.. but first I need to know what makes them lose their wax.


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Basically, burning anything is a reaction with oxygen.

Stuff will *always* get consumed
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It burns.
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The wax cooks off when you burn a candle. I suppose that you could make a candle that burns forever. You would just need a lot of wax and a reeeally long wick.
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or a permanant wick that never ends...
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So, basically it exceeds the evaporation temp of the wax.. thus evaporating the wax, correct? The wick thing isn't a problem. Never have I had a wick burn out on me.. until the wax level drops, thus burning the wick further and further down.. until it'* gone.


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TINSTAAFL:

There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
you're trying to make a perpetual motion machine. which violates at least all of the laws of the world

Its not the wick that burns, its the wax. the wax is the fuel.
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Correct, but any wick will eventually deteriorate from the heat and have to be replaced.
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Correct, but any wick will eventually deteriorate from the heat and have to be replaced.
Correct.
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yep, but that rate is usually slower than the rate of the wax that'* burning. hence the wick seems to burn at the same speed as the wax. The maximum length of the wick is the capillary rise of the wax
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