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« on: 15/03/2007 07:24:31 »
I love candles, only last night i was sat with my scented candles giving off a lovely glow and smell.

After a few hours, not only had the smell gone  :( but so had my candle!  >:(

Where did the candle (wax) go?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 15/03/2007 07:41:51 »
SOOT and carbons into the air and your lungs!!! That be my guess! LOL No expert though but me loves scented candles too! I have often thought about that very question and after much pondering and holding things over my candle and seeing the carbon build up very quickly upon said item, that is me guess!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 15/03/2007 07:43:28 »
OH yes and I must say I notice after sitting close by a nice scented candle for a couple hours, when I blow my nose I get black carbon goodness in the tissue.. Yuckkk!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/03/2007 08:33:01 »
If the candle is burning cleanly there shouldn't be much soot. If it is a paraffin wax candle it is a hydrocarbon eg:
CH3CH2CH2CH2CH2CH3
The carbon will burn to Carbon dioxide and the Hydrogen to water
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/03/2007 09:44:37 »
I don't get it?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 15/03/2007 11:53:38 »
Sorry, candle wax is mostly made of Carbon and hydrogen, and depending on the candle some oxygen. Some are made of hydrocarbons - similar to petrol/gasoline but slightly larger molecules, so it will be a long chain of carbons with some hydrogens attached.

CH3CH2CH2CH2CH2CH3
When you burn the candle it reacts with oxygen O2
 
to form carbon-dioxide CO2
C + O2 → CO2
 and the hydrogens will react with oxygen 
4H + O2 → 2H2O
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« Reply #6 on: 15/03/2007 18:22:24 »
paul........I have a spare candle if you need it !
 

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« Reply #7 on: 15/03/2007 19:06:17 »
paul........I have a spare candle if you need it !

ah, thanks.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 15/03/2007 19:23:44 »
Sorry, candle wax is mostly made of Carbon and hydrogen, and depending on the candle some oxygen. Some are made of hydrocarbons - similar to petrol/gasoline but slightly larger molecules, so it will be a long chain of carbons with some hydrogens attached.

CH3CH2CH2CH2CH2CH3
When you burn the candle it reacts with oxygen O2
 
to form carbon-dioxide CO2
C + O2 → CO2
 and the hydrogens will react with oxygen 
4H + O2 → 2H2O


Which means we probably should be paying carbon tax on them.

If you go for the greenhouse theory, then you should not be burning anything unnecessarily.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 16/03/2007 02:43:02 »
So does it or does it not turn to carbon? Are you saying a mixture of carbon and water.. Yikes I am very Lost here. I do not understand the whole chain thing.. Is there another way to explain in more layman terms cause I am a ditz?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 16/03/2007 05:50:45 »

Which means we probably should be paying carbon tax on them.

If you go for the greenhouse theory, then you should not be burning anything unnecessarily.

This deserves a great big  ;D ,well spotted George.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 16/03/2007 08:13:13 »
So does it or does it not turn to carbon? Are you saying a mixture of carbon and water.. Yikes I am very Lost here. I do not understand the whole chain thing.. Is there another way to explain in more layman terms cause I am a ditz?
If the candle is burning cleanly it will turn into just carbon-dioxide and water. If there isn't enough oxygen, or it is cooled down before it finishes burnign, there will be some carbon left over which forms soot, but this will be only a small part of the total carbon.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 16/03/2007 14:52:19 »
ahhh THANKYOU SO MUCH... I HAVE IT NOW!! Sorry bout the caps!
 

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