How to Use a Yankee Candle Tealight Burner

Updated February 21, 2017

Michael J. Kittredge of western Massachusetts founded Yankee Candle in the 1960s; it all started when he needed to buy his mother a gift, but didn't have any money. Using pure resourcefulness, he melted some crayons and experimented with scents, creating his first candle, which he sold to a neighbour. Now Yankee Candle is one of the forefront decorative candle manufacturers in the United States, selling jar candles, votive candles, scented bamboo sticks, large flat candle "tarts" and tealight candles. You need to exercise caution and care when using tealight burners.

Remove all the packaging that came with the Yankee tealight burner and throw it away. Remove any flammable materials from the area.

Grip the tealight burner and turn it toward you. Place a tealight candle in the designated area. Position the tealight burner so that it is on a flat, stable surface.

Light your match or flame thrower. Connect the wick of the tealight candle with the flame. Allow the tealight candle to burn no longer than four to six hours.


Keep the wick trimmed to 1/8 inch.


Check to verify that the burner is well ventilated as it burns. If the wick starts to smoke and accumulate carbon, put out the flame and remove the carbon before you relight the candle. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep matches and other fire-starting materials away from children. It's wise to teach all young members of your household the keys to using candles safely.

Things You'll Need

  • Flame thrower or 11-inch matches
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."