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Forum topic by dunk posted 12-02-2010 12:32 AM 699 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dunk

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12-02-2010 12:32 AM

I’m not sure if this is the proper forum for this but.

A friend of mine asked on another forum.

I’m in the process of designing a candle holder for my wife for Christmas (shhhhh) and am curious if there’s a rule of thumb regarding the distance of the candle flame to the wood? I’ve seen sconces and such and I haven’t heard of any issues with these. I’d like to make her something that can accommodate both tea lights and larger candles.

I contacted the local fire dept. They told me there is no code for candle clearance, just be very careful with open flames and perhaps try some testing on my own. I see alot of candle sconces with minimal clearance.

What say you about safe clearance for an open candle flame?

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 12:40 AM

If in doubt use a glass insert to keep the tea candles away from the wood. You can find them at most any accessories store Michaels, Hobby Lobby etc. Even a piece of metal cup to fit will work too.

Erwin, Jacksonville, fL

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 01:03 AM

A couple of inches should be enough clearance for most candles. The real heat will be above the flame with much less toward the sides.

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