I love Yankee Candle products and I have used the tarts for several years. I have always used an ordinary cheap oil burner I got in Wilkinsons. I had noticed that the top of the burner wasn't well suited to the tarts as they tended to overspill a lot resulting in me having to remove wax from my table! For those of you who haven't used a Yankee tart it is a solid block of fragrance that melts in the burner to a liquid and releases fragrance for up to 8 hours.
It was only about two years ago I noticed that Yankee products became more popular and were stocked in various places (before I had only seen them online) I was thrilled to see that they sold tart burners! I bought two of the white heart burners, there are various colours and styles available also. The tart burner costs just £10 and is about 6 inches tall and made from ceramic. There is an opening at the bottom for your tea light and rather than having traditional vents for the heat to escape the holes are in the shape of love hearts.
The first time I used this I made the mistake of using ordinary sized tea lights, unfortunately they didn't work, you need to buy the larger tea lights which are £1.99 for 6 in Tesco. The top part of the burner where you place your tart is a lot larger than traditional oil burners so when my tart melted it didn't spill over or come anywhere near the edges. Obviously Yankee factored this in when manufacturing this.
I have been using my two burners for two years now, they do get a little black inside from time to time but it's nothing a wet wipe doesn't remove. The tarts when they are finished can also be removed with a firm tap on the bottom of the burner.
I would recommend this to all Yankee tart fans as it is stylish yet practical and contains all of the tart therefore avoiding overspill.
I love the range of scents that you can buy from Yankee Candle but there candles can be quite expensive to buy, so I looked at alternatives and decided that a Tart Burner would be the ideal solution for me.
A Tart Burner is similar to a burner for essential oils but instead of using oils you place a Yankee wax tart on the top which is heated by a tealight candle underneath. As the tart melts the fragrance is released. The tarts only cost around £1 and the fragrance lasts for about 8 hours. This means that you can get the benefits of the lovely Yankee scents for a cheaper price and you can also sample a lot more of them than if you were to buy just one housewarmer candle jar. It's also a great way of checking out whether you will like the smell before you lay out for one of the candles.
There is a wide range of different burners available but some of them are heavily patterned or come in colours that wouldn't fit in with other things in my living room. When I saw the White Heart burner I immediately liked the style as it is a simple design but the little cut out hearts around the neck mean it isn't plain or boring.
The burner is approximately 6 inches / 14 cm tall and is wider at the base than at the top. At the back of the burner there is a cut out "door" where you put the tealight, there is an area inside where there is a slightly raised circle to indicate where the tealight should be placed. There is a "well" at the top which is where the wax tart sits.
Ideally the burner should be placed on a heat proof surface you can buy special plates for them to go on, but I just use a coaster.
If you want to blow the tealight out you have to turn the burner round (unless you have it sat back to front which doesn't look as pretty) so you have to be careful that you don't spill any of the hot wax as you do this. The burner gets quite hot too, so it is easier to turn whatever you have placed the burner on slowly.
To remove the melted tart, you put the burner into your freezer for 5 or 10 minutes and when you take it out the tart should just slide out, if it doesn't you can use a non metal object to ease it out. I find that a plastic spatula works well. I then let the burner get back to room temperature before using it again. It doesn't say to do this on the instructions but I wouldn't want it to crack.
My favourite part of the design on the burner is the way the little cut out heart pattern looks when the tealight is lit in the evening. It looks really pretty and is a lovely feature of this particular burner.
I have found that the inside of the burner and around the door can get coated with soot from the tealight being lit. The instructions state that you can't wash the burner but it doesn't really elaborate on this. I've taken it to mean not to shove it in the washing up bowl or get it fully wet. I use a damp cloth to wipe the soot away and then dry it straight away with a piece of dry kitchen towel.
This has been a great purchase for me and I use it almost every day. Because of the simple design if I wanted to I could put it in other rooms of the house and it would still fit in.
I paid about £9 for this which may seem expensive but for the variety of different tarts I can buy compared to the cost of individual candles I think it's good value for money.