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Old 01-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default How long will it take this candle to burn down?

So I've had this foot tall candle in the closet for a while, and rediscovered it over the weekend as I was cleaning up. I decided to burn it instead of letting it rot, so for a fun challenge, I am taking guesses as to how long it'll take to burn straight through. I'm going to light it every evening for a couple of hours, perhaps four or five.

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I'm the worst guesser ever, but I am going to say 30 days.

Go!
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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30 hours is my guess... Probably closer to 40 though.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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hmm..... thats a big one!
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #4
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hmm..... thats a big one!
That's not so much a guess as it is a lure for someone to make a "That's what she said" joke.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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"In the news today, local man launched a contest to guess how long a candle would burn. Sometime while he was AFK the candle was nicked over by the cat into bottle of alcohol, where the apt then burned down. Authorities say the candle burnt out in 5 min after the fire started.Forum member Albatross was the closest wihtout going over"

Assuming no fires? 29 hours.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Assuming no fires? 29 hours.
Ooh, the classic Wheel of Fortune dick move of going one number lower. Nice
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Ooh, the classic Wheel of Fortune dick move of going one number lower. Nice
I thought that was The Price is Right IMO, and I'll see your 29 hours and say 28!
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I thought that was The Price is Right IMO, and I'll see your 29 hours and say 28!
Can't I get a single fact right? First the coins and now this. *slaps head*
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Can't I get a single fact right? First the coins and now this. *slaps head*
I guess I'm your grammar/phrase/spelling nazi. hahaha
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I guess I'm your grammar/phrase/spelling nazi. hahaha
Yes, yes you are.

Given how this candle is burning so far, it might well take 200 hours, unless it kills itself due to implosion (it's burning like 90% of the top surface, leaving the outer edge it seems).
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I'm gonna go with 51 hours.
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Update on the candle size pls!
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I think Rob's guess of 30 days (x ~5) is closer than any other.

Aren't you worried your hardware will get gummed up with candle soot?
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I think Rob's guess of 30 days (x ~5) is closer than any other.

Aren't you worried your hardware will get gummed up with candle soot?
I'll update with another picture tomorrow. And as for the soot, we'll see once it's done

I've had to chop parts of the candle off so far because it was burning in the worst way. So because of that, it's rather ugly. I'd estimate that about 30% of the entire candle is gone, and so far the hour count is...

73 hours
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According to history of burning candles, it will never completely burn up, But for the sake of a guess, how many hours a day actually?
2,3 or 4 hours a day?
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