My kitchen smells like heaven today. Focusing on ways to get the best wax pool. We have spent quite some time learning how to properly burn a candle. The initial burn really sets the stage for the life of the candle. It is so important to be sure the wax melts all the way to the edge before extinguishing. Should burn for about 2-3 hours for that first burn. No need to trim wick before initial burn. However, after first burn, always trim wick to about 1/4 inch. Good luck! Enjoy.