Dripless candles do they really exist? Typically the term dripless is attached to taper candles. We have all seen the old movies where the candle burning on the night stand has wax pouring down the sides and filling the candle holder. One thing to keep in mind is the term used for dripless candles is “drip-less” not “drip-proof”. There is always the chance that a liquid will drip, when you heat wax it becomes liquid. You can knock over a cup of water and it will go everywhere, while the job of the cup was to keep the water from “dripping” there was an element added which caused the cup to fail – your elbow. That being said there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping around for dripless candles;
1. They may still drip. If they were truly made to be a dripless candle then you should not have the problem in the scenario with the candle on the night stand. You may still get a small, occasional run.
2. You have SOME control on whether the “dripless” candle fails or not. Two major things you can do are make sure your candles are standing as straight as you can get them and try to keep them away from a constant draft. Do what you can to keep the candle flame centered, not heating oneside of the candle more than the other.
3. Buy candles made right here in the United States. Don’t get the cheap imports, there is a reason they are cheap.
Being the candle maker in the family I was in charge of setting up the candelabras in the church. It was not an easy task to get the taper candles to stand up straight, I think the candelabras had seen better days so that didn’t help any either.
That being said we make a dripless taper candle that we’ve been making for years and haven’t had any complaints yet about them dripping.