Post # 1
I am using branches for my centerpieces and hanging votives from them. We will be using branches we find ourselves and I am worried about them catching fire. Does anyone have any experience with this or know of any way to fireproof them?
Post # 3
I haven’t done this but my florist is specifically hanging our votives off of long crystal chains so they are no where near the flowers. I would say do a test run first.
Post # 4
You can buy brush or spray on fire retardant coatings. What they do is to raise the ignition temperature of the wood – so it’s harder to ignite, but if you do manage to set it on fire, it burns much faster and hotter than it normally would. They are pretty toxic (the coatings). Where I work, we make the people who apply them do it outside, and wear a chemical respirator. You can buy them at marine paint stores (and maybe other places – I haven’t looked.)
Even if you use a fire retardant coating, you still need to make sure that the candles hang far enough below the branches that the rising heat can’t ignite them. But the coating does give you a little extra peace of mind.
Since wood ignites at about 400F, and your threshold of pain is well below that, a good test is to hold you hand as far above the candle flame as you will have the branch. If you can’t keep if there until you get bored, it’s too close.