Having decided on the material the candles are made from you are then faced with further choices:
What diameter candles would you like?
For they come in a variety of diameters (imperial or metric) ranging from 1/2" through to 4" in old money (13 - 100mm in new) .
How long would you like it?
No, I don't mean the burning time (but this is a consideration) but the length of the blessed thing!
They come in a variety of lengths ranging from 6" through to 42" (150 - 1060mm).
Just when you thought you had it all squared away some clever soul will ask you, 'How long would you like them to burn?" The answer is simple in that I don't want to be changing them during the service!
But this is a good question because some candles burn slower than others and so last longer and present a bit of economic consideration because if the cost a little more and last a lot longer then the burn per hour per pence factor comes into play (Yes, I was bitten by a real candle anorak).
If your candle is 1 1/2" (30mm) x 12" (300mm) and it burns for 21 hours at £1.98 and another burns for 13hrs @ £1.79 then you're paying 9.42 pence per hour for the more expensive candle versus 13.77 for what appeared at first glance to be the cheaper second option.
Now although this really is anorak world stuff there are some serious issues her in that a church with three services on a Sunday may well clock up 240 minutes of use on a Sunday which means you're getting through a pair of candles (assuming you're not in Pugin of course) every five weeks on the 'expensive' candles and every three weeks with the cheaper! So putting cost aside where are you going to store all the candles you'll need (24 expensive would last a year of 'normal Sundays whilst you're going to need 36 of the cheaper) and they all take up space!
And then one of the smart people in the DCC/PCC pipes up with, 'I went to a church last weekend and they had really nice plastic candles what worked off of oil and . . . '
But that's for another day.
|St George's, Whittington all ready to celebrate St Thomas|
(12 candles in all - 3 different sizes!)
As a postscript:
The same applies to tealights but without the diameter issue (but would you like them in foil, red or blue plastic, clear casing or . . . . )
Wilkinsons do 100 for £2 with a rated burn time of 3.5 hours which is great value as the last lot I purchased from a 'proper church suppliers) around £9.50 (with delivery) for the same number of them in the box and I bought them in bulk (five boxes - what a mug I was then) :-)