Using Your Candle

Filling and Lighting Your Candle

Before You Light Your Firelight Glass Oil Candle…

Thank you for your selection of one of our extensive line of hand-blown glass sculptures. Each is the proud work of highly skilled American artisans who use only the highest quality crystal-clear glass. With the same reasonable care you would give any glass object, your Firelight Glass oil candle will grace your home for years to come… and become a treasure worthy of passing on.

To Fill Your Candle…

Remove the wick and insert the funnel provided, holding it loosely in the candle so air can escape as you pour lamp oil through the funnel. Fill oil reservoir to no more than 3/4 full for all oil candles and lamps. Gently place the wick back into the candle. IMPORTANT: allow about 30 minutes (for candles with reservoirs under 9 inches tall) to 2 hours (for candles with reservoirs taller than 9 inches) so the wick can absorb sufficient oil before lighting.

Wicks and Wick Adjustment

The Trick -o-the-Wick

Although the wick was properly adjusted before your candle was shipped, you should check it before use. Our wicks typically never need to be replaced because they are composed of fiberglass strands, enclosed in a glass tube. So the wick itself does not burn, but draws up oil through the reservoir so only the oil burns off the top.

Please be aware that when you change types of fuel - and sometimes even brands of lamp oil - damage to your lifetime wick may result. It might then be necessary to replace your wick because the fiberglass strands can gum together and no longer absorb the oil efficiently.

The tops of the fiberglass strands should be exactly even with the top of the glass tube. If too low, gently push them up if the wick is 5 inches or less. For longer wicks, pull the fibers up very slightly with tweezers. DO NOT pull the fiberglass strands from their tube.

Lamp Oils and Burning

Lamp Oil...

We recommend our own brands of lamp oil because they're pure liquid paraffin, custom formulated for optimal performance in our candles, and we know they burn safely and cleanly (producing virtually no smoke or odor). Choose between Firelight Glass Lamp Oil (clear only) or Stargazer Lamp Oils (clear plus five jewel-toned colors).

If you have trouble finding our oil...

If you have difficulty finding our lamp oils locally, please call our Customer hotline at 1-800-654-8705 for a listing of the dealer nearest you. If you choose another brand, just be sure you use a high quality liquid paraffin. Avoid inexpensive lamp oils because they tend to smoke and emit a stronger odor. Never use kerosene, alcohol, gasoline, paint thinner or acetone because they are unsafe.

If You Encounter Problems...

If you have any problems or questions whatsoever, about the safe use, filling or general care of your candle - or if you'd like a reference to the store nearest you where you can purchase candles or oil lamps - please call our Customer Hotline at 1-800-654-8705, or fax us at 1-800-452-8348, or E-mail us at

Cleaning Your Candle

To Clean The Outside:

  • Simply dust as needed.
  • Occasionally wipe with any glass cleaner.

To Clean The Inside:

  • Remove wick.
  • Pour remaining oil into an empty bottle with a screw on cap for proper disposal.
    Do not pour the oil down a sink or toilet.
  • Pour a small quantity (1/4 tsp.) of high quality granular automatic dishwasher soap Into the candle. Fill candle almost to the top with very warm water. Allow to set overnight.
  • The next day, pour out the soap solution and thoroughly rinse the inside with clean water from your tap. Repeat this rinsing process enough times to make certain all the soap solution has been removed and only clear water remains.
    If possible, use mineral free bottled water to rinse. Remember, the soap solution on your hands and outside surface may make your candle slippery, so hold carefully.
  • Remove as much water as possible from your candle. Put the candle upright on a cookie sheet and set in a moderately hot (325o) oven for about 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, turn the oven off but do not remove the candle. Allow the oven and candle to completely cool before removing the candle.
    You should be able to take the candle out of the oven in 1-2 hours (after it's been turned off). If there's any moisture left in the candle, repeat the "baking" step (#5 & 6).
  • After cleaning the inside, and before refilling with lamp oil, spray a soft cloth with a high quality glass cleaner and clean the outside of the candle. If you avoid spraying directly onto the candle, there'll be less chance of the spray being misdirected in the inside of the candle through the wick hole.
  • Fill your candle with fresh lamp oil to the prescribed level - and enjoy your sparkling candle! Remember, if you're also replacing the wick at this time, you may have to allow time (see instruction sheet) for the oil to be drawn up to the top of the wick.

Oil Candle Environments

"Candlelight" Your Home with Mood and Imagination

You don't have to wait for the electricity to go out to remember how magical candlelight can be. For entertaining -- or just for your own private enjoyment -- Firelight Glass oil candles grace any setting with the crystalline beauty of glass turned to sculpture.

Plus, to appeal to the practical side of every hostess, they're virtually hassle-free. Simply replenish with oil occasionally and keep them dusted. No need to change the lifetime fiberglass wick before the next dinner party. No more ruined table linens from dripping wax candles!

Above all, be imaginative in your use of Firelight glass candles. Of course, they make exceptional gifts for any occasion. The kind you like to give - exquisite, memorable, affordable. (Guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind). But, they also create an ever ready centerpiece of light for your own home - extending well beyond the dining room table.

A Few Suggestions...

  • Create a stunning Candelabra with a cluster of tapers of varying heights.
  • Lay a path of our Sonata Table-light candles to accent the curve of a staircase.
  • Launch a flotilla of miniature Omni Table-lights in a clear bowl for an oasis of candlelight. Set larger Table-lights afloat in a pool for romantic party lighting.
  • Create an intimate sphere of candlelight for each dinner guest with a cluster of Place Setting Votives.
  • Arrange assorted shapes and sizes in a fireplace when you want the glow of flame without the mess of a wood fire or wax candles.
  • Trace a garden path with our Floating Moon chimney lamps for contemporary luminaria.
  • For an impromptu escape (just you two), there's no more welcome "third party" than our dramatic Obelisk.
  • Be your own designer! Firelight Glass candles are best displayed in clusters for architectural drama. Surround the largest Round with the smallest Triangles. Intersperse Prisms with Diamonds. Combine curved shapes with linear. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination!