Candlemaking as a hobby is a popular one among Americans. It’s easy to do and it’s one of those hobbies that can quickly turn into a part-time or full-time business.
That’s because there is a huge demand for candles. About 7 out of 10 households use candles for ambiance lighting or aromatherapy purposes. According to the National Candle Association, candle sales in the U.S. are estimated at $3.2 billion per year. There are even candle of the month clubs.
There is also something creatively satisfying in making your own candles. To begin with, the process is simple and you don’t even need a lot of equipment to do it. All you need is just some basic candle supplies, a few tools and a workspace, and you’re good to go.
It’s actually like cooking, only that you’re using wax and wicks instead of meat and vegetables. Many candle hobbyists, in fact, use repurposed kitchenware to melt their wax or make molds. Which is a practical thing to do as long as one never uses them for cooking afterward, so there's no cross-contamination of food.
One particular kitchen pot that’s often used by small chain candlemakers is the Presto Pot. If you have one that you no longer use in the kitchen, it’s a handy pot to use for making candles in big batches. Melting wax can be a messy affair and can ruin a perfectly good pot but a Presto’s nonstick surface makes it easy to clean the interior and since it’s powered by electricity, it evenly heats up melting wax quicker.
For simple hobbyists though, there are cheaper and simpler pots to use for making small batches of candles. If one looks online, one can find a lot of wax melting pots that are more affordable than a Presto Pot.
Ranging from aluminum to stainless steel, these pots are basically small pouring pitchers. Some can be used directly over heat; others, through a double boiling process, in order to melt the wax safely without igniting it.
Some craftsmen even go one step further by handcrafting electric wax melting pots that you can just plug into an outlet. They usually come with spigots to make it convenient in pouring the melted wax.
I looked for such pots online but apparently, the demand for these is high enough that they are often sold out. Nevertheless, I've selected five of the best ones available that would be great for starting a candle making hobby.
Table of Contents
- The Best Wax Melting Pots
- 1. 600 ML Double Boiler with Silicone Spatula, Stainless Steel Melting Pot with Heat Resistant Handle
- 2. EricX Light Candle Making Pouring Pot, 4 pounds
- 3. Aroparc Candle Making Pouring Pot, Pouring Pitcher 4 pounds
- 4. Hztyyier Candle Making Pouring Pot Stainless Steel Wax Melting Pot
- 5. SoyLiteCandleCompany Wax Melter
- Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Melting Pot
The Best Wax Melting Pots
- 600 ML Double Boiler with Silicone Spatula, Stainless Steel Melting Pot with Heat Resistant Handle
- EricX Light Candle Making Pouring Pot, 4 pounds,
- Aroparc Candle Making Pouring Pot, Pouring Pitcher 4 pounds
- Hztyyier Candle Making Pouring Pot Stainless Steel Wax Melting Pot
- SoyLiteCandleCompany Wax Melter
1. 600 ML Double Boiler with Silicone Spatula, Stainless Steel Melting Pot with Heat Resistant Handle
This pot can hold about 2 cups of melted wax. What’s nice about this is that it’s been designed as a double boiler for melting chocolate, candy, butter, or basically any food ingredient that has to be delicately cooked in indirect heat. And because it does it so well, it’s just the logical thing to use for melting wax or soap base for your craft needs.
It’s made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel, with a 4.5 inch long heat resistant silicon covered handle. It has double pour spouts on both sides and a flat bottom so that it rest by itself on any surface.
It comes with a spoon spatula that can be used for mixing in a small jar or a large bowl. You can use it to scrape leftover wax from the boiler.
This fits inside most pots. It’s easy to use and clean by hand.
- Fits most bowls and pans
- Dishwasher friendly
- Small size, not large enough to make a tall candle
- Sides aren’t very deep, so spillage will occur if whisked aggressively
2. EricX Light Candle Making Pouring Pot, 4 pounds
This can hold about 4 pounds of melting wax or about 8 cups. Unlike most wax melting pots which require a double boiler, this melting pot can be used directly over heat.
It’s made from aluminum which allows it to conduct heat quickly so one has to carefully monitor that the melted wax does not burn. On the other hand, because it's aluminum, it cools down the wax quickly too.
Its handle is designed to be heat-resistant and, according to the manufacturer, is 4 times stronger than most brands in the market. It also has a dripless spout for greater control in pouring melted wax and minimizing spills.
Lightweight, with a non-stick interior coating, the pot is easy to wash with soap and water.
- Heat resistant handle
- Can be used directly on an electric stove
- Thin aluminum construction; some users report discoloration after use in a double boiler
- Not compatible with an induction stove top
3. Aroparc Candle Making Pouring Pot, Pouring Pitcher 4 pounds
This pot can hold up to 4 pounds of melted wax which can produce about 3 or 4 wick candles.
Made from aluminum, this pot can efficiently melt soy and paraffin wax and allows for easy mixing of fragrance and dye. Its spout is curved so that there’s minimal spilling when pouring melting wax into the container. The interior has a nonstick coating for easy cleaning.
Its handle is plastic coated to make it heat resistant, even when it’s used with a double boiler. Because it’s aluminum, it cools down melted wax easily.
- Thick metal construction
- Floats well in a large stock pot when used for double boiling
- Doesn’t have measurements on the side
- Doesn’t come with a spatula
4. Hztyyier Candle Making Pouring Pot Stainless Steel Wax Melting Pot
This pot comes in two sizes (350 and 550 ml) and is designed to be a multipurpose kitchen pot. This can be used for melting candy, chocolate, or making milk froth but is also suited for candle and soap making.
Made from premium stainless steel, it won’t rust and conducts heat more effectively than aluminum. Its spout is designed like an eagle’s mouth so that it's easy to pour the melted wax into any mold and reduce spillage.
It also has a nonstick interior surface and is easy to wash with soap and water.
- Can be directly used on an induction cooker
- Has measurements along the side
- The closed design of the handle will make it difficult to place the pot inside a double boiler
5. SoyLiteCandleCompany Wax Melter
This pot is a handmade item designed to melt soy, paraffin, or beeswax very quickly. The manufacturer estimates that it can hold roughly 6 quarts of melted wax.
The nice thing about this is that it has a spigot so you don’t have to pour the melted wax. It’s also an electric powered melting pot which saves you time and effort. It uses 110 volts and runs on 1000 watts of power.
- Fast delivery
- Easy to use
- Electric cord is short; some users report that it easily falls out
- Spigot is too high; you need to tip it in order to get the last bits of melted wax
Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Melting Pot
One may think that melting wax would be an easy thing to do but on the contrary, it’s one of the riskiest aspects of candle making. Wax can be a fire hazard if it’s not properly handled. That’s why you need to pick the best equipment in order to ensure your personal safety. Here’s what to look for when choosing your wax melting pot.
How many candles do you want to produce from this project? Most melting pots in the market are generally designed for small scale candlemaking efforts. That’s why they tend to be in small sizes, about half a liter usually.
If you want to produce large batches of candles, pick a melting pot that can hold a lot of wax. The largest size I’ve found that still fits in the personal hobby niche is around 4 lbs. That’s enough to produce more than a handful of candles.
Manual or Electric
Simple melting pots are cheaper than electric ones but they require more effort in preparing the wax. Wax is flammable when it reaches its flashpoint (above 300F) , that’s why it’s not recommended to melt it directly over the stove.
That’s why melting pots are used together with a double boiler. Doing so helps distribute the heat evenly and prevents a sudden rise in temperature.
But if you want to skip all that, an electric melting pot is more convenient. It works like a double boiler in that it can reach a specific temperature quickly and maintain it safely. And because it uses an electric heat source, it won’t ignite wax vapors if, by any chance, it reaches its flashpoint.
For manual pots, check the design of the handle. An open handle can function as a hook for the pot when you place it inside a double boiler. It’ll keep the pot steady. Check also if it's heat resistant so you won’t be burned when handling the pot.
If you’re going with an electric pot, pick one with a spigot. This will be more convenient since you don’t have to pour the wax and worry about spillage.
Check if the interior is covered with non-stick coating. This type of coating will make cleaning easier.
I’ve only seen two types of material used in these melting pots: aluminum and stainless steel. Both function well as conductive materials but if you want something that can easily cool down hot wax, my pick would be aluminum.
Stainless steel actually holds heat well, which is why it's preferred for cooking pans. But when you’re heating wax, you’re looking for a material that won't exacerbate the temperature because once wax begins to melt, it can easily shoot up quickly into its flashpoint temperature.
Also, stainless is also more durable than aluminum. This is why stainless steel electric skillets are popular too.