Wax Melter for Candle Making

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There are two main ways to melt wax for candle making and in this article we'll show you a few examples of our favorite ones. There's a choice on manual melting pots to go on your stove and electric melters.

Stove Melters

EricX Light Candle Making Pouring Pot
Holds up to 4 pounds of melted wax. 8-inch-tall by 5.5 inch in diameter. Excellent heat conductivity helps the wax to cool down really quickly. Nonstick and easy to wash with soap and water. You'll need to set it on top of a stove or heating plate

Electric Wax Melting Pot

Wax Melter for Candle Making
Melts up to approximately 6 Qts of wax. The electric tank is manufactured with a durable non-stick surface for easy cleaning. Comes with a large and quick pouring tap. Suitable for beeswax and soy wax

Hot plate

Countertop Electric Hot Burner
This hot plate is for cooking but is perfect for melting wax for candle makers. Adjustable temperature control with Off, Warm, Low, Med, and High settings. 1000 watts of power for faster wax melting. Suitable for many metal wax melting pots

Budget Wax Melter

Double Boiler Stainless Steel Pot
This is a great size for most hobbyists. Measuring 7.4 x 5.3 x 4.1 inches It's made of 18/8 Stainless steel, Rust Resistant and Sturdy. With a long handle that keeps your hands away from the heat and boiling liquids it has been designed with safety in mind. It has a front hook to prevent sliding away, Double pour spouts both sides

For the serious Hobbyist

Large Wax Melter for Candle Making
One of the biggest wax melters without paying commercial prices. Melts up to approximately 8 Qts of wax. The electric tank is manufactured with a durable non-stick surface for easy cleaning. Comes with a large and quick pouring tap. Suitable for beeswax and soy wax

Buyers Guide

Components of a Quality Wax Melter for Candle Making

If you’re in the market for a high-quality wax melter, there’s a decent chance you’re replacing either a chintzy pouring kettle or an old cooking pot.

Investing in a genuine wax melter means saying goodbye to the uneven heating and frustrating clean-up associated with those items.

When shopping for a wax melter, you can expect to find the following components:

  • Pot with a non-stick surface
  • Legs for elevation
  • Power cable
  • Lid
  • For all but the least expensive models, a spigot for pouring

Common Materials for Wax Melters

Wax melters are similar in design to crock pots. High-quality models are composed of cast iron, brass, steel, or ceramic. Some models will have exterior molding and parts made from plastic or aluminum.

You should have a good non-stick coating like Teflon on your wax melter. The lid should be tempered glass with a heat-insulating handle.

lady making candles for an hobby

As mentioned earlier, cleaning your melter will require less elbow grease than cleaning an old pot or cheap kettle.

Some candle makers just leave unused wax in the melter for their next session! However, you should consider the quality of pot lining and how awkward it may be to lift the melter into a sink for cleaning.

Size and type

A wax melter will also increase the volume of wax you can melt evenly. So, get ready to make a lot of awesome, inspiring candles.

Hobbyist wax melters start at eight pounds’ capacity. This will yield you up to sixteen candles. You can call it the Molly Ringwald size!

The upper limit of recreational wax melters is fifteen to seventeen pounds. If you plan to make thirty candles in one go, that’s the size for you.

If you have managed to turn your candle making hobby into a source of revenue, you may be in the market for a larger melter. You can find melters for twenty pounds or more.

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Power Source

Virtually all wax melters run on outlet power. Most cords plug directly into the melter’s temperature regulator. They are normally 120 volts.

Bear in mind when buying from an international source – for example, on Etsy – that power sources vary between countries.

Some countries have different-voltage outlets. Anyone who’s traveled abroad knows there are various prong configurations. If you’re purchasing internationally, you may need a voltage regulator and adapter.

Cost to Run

As with most electric heaters, the cost to run a wax melter is relatively low. These types of appliances use fewer kilowatt-hours, for example, than a standard light bulb. Depending on where you live in the country and how often you make candles at home, you might see some energy savings when you switch from gas stove heating to an electric melter.

On the East Coast, however, electricity costs are generally higher. Here, you might not notice any appreciable savings.

Regardless of your location, you are unlikely to see an uptick in your cost to melt wax.

Price Range

Pretty much all quality wax melters fall into a price range between $70, for low-volume home melters, and $100, for high-volume. If you’re on a budget and willing to forego a spigot, you can find an economical eight-pound model for around $40.

Those super high-volume models that professionals use are markedly pricier. If you’re looking for a semi-commercial wax melter with a capacity of over fifty pounds, look to spend closer to one thousand dollars.

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Final Thoughts

Let’s face it. Many of us have spent the last year stuck indoors. Working remotely, monitoring kids, and figuring out how to pass the time – our daytime hours have changed dramatically. That hobby you picked up last spring to distract yourself might now be an important part of your life.

With any hobby, you want to have high-quality, reliable equipment. Needlepointers need decent stork scissors. Homebrewers need good carboys. Picklers need well-made mason jars.

So, if you have taken up at-home candle making, now might be the time to invest in a quality wax melter. Just remember to pay attention to the capacity, materials, and component parts of your potential melter.

Then, plug it in and enjoy the next step in your waxworking adventure!