We're quite fond of large tealights in our apartment, in fact we burn them most nights...Whitney claims it helps one sleep better. At any rate, there's always a couple of millimeters of wax wasted at the end. I thought it would be a great idea to melt the wax and pour it into another tealight; the wicks are long enough. I proceeded to place two candles on our electric stove and when the wax started melting I congratulated myself on a brilliant plan. Little did I know...
I left the kitchen for a moment and when I looked back to my surprise I saw the wax had spontaneously ignited and there were flames on my stovetop! After knocking the candles off the stove (electricity and fire seemed dangerous to me) with a towel that may or may not have briefly caught on fire (I can't remember) and spilling hot wax all over, I decided that water might be an effective solution. I can't remember if this was the point where I took a minute to open windows and send a quick email to the sister I was chatting with, or it was after the water caused a higher flame and a puff of smoke that I mentioned I had a minor emergency. Since the water didn't seem to be the greatest solution I figured I'd just let the flame burn out. It couldn't last that long, there wasn't that much wax. I was thinking maybe I could clean it all up and conveniently forget to mention this diaster to anyone, but the wax I left burning caused a huge blister in my countertop and a couple of burn marks on the type countertop one usually find in apartments...Oops.
Like Whitney said...there goes backup plan: Recycled Candles by Montoya
If only I had had the presence of mind to take a picture while it was burning!