Read Below for Answers to the Most Frequent Questions we get about Church Oil Candles
Folks call them oil candles, liquid candles or fuel candles, but they are the same thing, candles that burn a liquid.
Here is our 2" diameter oil candle shell shown with the metal or clear pvc canister. And here is the same candle with the addition of a decorative follower on top and a candle socket on the bottom.
Here is our 3-1/2"" diameter oil candle shell shown with the 70 hour metal or clear pvc canister.
Beautiful Nylon Construction
Our candle shells are made of indestructible nylon. They can survive drops on concrete floors (we've skipped them across our warehouse floor) and look just like real beeswax candles.
The biggest difference is in the quality of the shell material (we use nylon which is super tough and looks exactly like a real 51% beeswax candle, this is not the cheap PVC look that some oil candles have) and the quality of the fuel (we use 99.96 percent liquid paraffin which is safe, clean, odorless and smokeless).
NOTE: The term "shells" is used to distinguish the type of candle that uses a replaceable canister, from the refillable style candles.
Shells use drop-in canisters. Canisters are available are either prefilled and disposable, or with a screw off top so they can be refilled.
Shells can be easily refilled when they are in the sanctuary, on the candlesticks. There's no need to remove the candles and take them back to the sacristy to fill them with the oil. Simply remove the empty canister from the candle, drop in a new one and you're ready to go.
About the Cannisters
Refillable canisters are made of metal and have a screw off brass top with a replaceable wick.
Prefilled disposable canisters are offered in either clear see-through PVC plastic, so you can see how much oil is left, or in metal disposable Canisters.
We have three sizes of canisters available: 25 hour, 45 hour, and 70 hour.
- 25 hour fits the 1-7/8 and 2 inch diameter candles
- 45 hour canister fits the 2 5/8 inch
- 70 hour canister fits the 3 1/2 inch and larger diameters
Our standard canisters (25hr, 45hr, 70 hr, 80hr, are the same height: (5-1/4")
regardless of whether they are refillable or disposable
regardless of the number of hours of burn time
regardless of the candle height...
...because the chamber or reservoir in the top of the candle is the same depth, regardless of how tall the candle is.
We have TALL canisters available in the 30,60 and 90 hour sizes which are 6-1/2" tall. If you plan on using these with Lux Mundi Brand candles, please let us know as your candles will need to be drilled out an extra inch to accomodate the taller cartridge.
Attaching Oil Candles to your church's candlesticks.
Are all of our candle shells have a threaded hole in the bottom of them to enable them to screw directly to your candlestick. Several different size adapters are included to fit different size candlesticks. You can simply unscrew the socket on your candlestick and thread the candle directly in its place to the candlestick for a semi-permanent attachment.
You can also simply drop the oil candle into the candlestick socket, just as you would with a wax candle. Of course the oil candle needs to be the same size as your socket.
We sell sockets to fit our oil candles. You can replace your existing sockets with new Lux Mundi sockets if you want to use a different size oil candle than your existing sockets will accomodate.
Our candles can also be custom made to fit your existing sockets at no additional charge. This usually requires you to either measure your existing sockets with extreme precision, or to send us one of your sockets to use as a guide.
Followers & Tops
Followers are not needed with candle shells (unlike refillable candles where the follower is an integral part of the candle), but they are offered as a decorative accessory. Followers simply slip over the top of the shell, just as with a wax candle.
If you do not wish to use followers, don't worry. The tops of the candle shells are finished off with a nylon ring or doughnut that rests on the canister to give the shell a finished appearance.
Do Oil Candles Help With Drafts?
Absolutely. If you are currently experiencing problems with your wax candles, switching to il candles should solve your problem. In extreme situations, such as with heavy HVAC currents blowing on candles, we have Draft followers available, but they are usually not needed with oil candles.
Wicks can come preset from the factory with a small flame for maximum burn time. You can increase the size of the flame by simply pulling the wick out of the shell or canister a little bit however this does reduce your burn. Wicks are made of nylon and are replaceable. Most wicks should last six months to year and they are easily replaced.
Lux Mundi wicks are about 4-1/2" long and feature a small brass fitting on the top. This fitting is threaded on the outside and is used to screw the wick into the top of the canister or follower.
Lux Mundi wicks WILL NOT WORK with other brands of oil candles.
Custom Liquid Paraffin Oil Candles
Lux Mundi™ offers a wide variety of candle diameters and heights. We can make candles to just about any size you require. Please call or email us for a no obligation quote.