The Best Way to Empty a Tart Burner


The best way to empty a tart burner depends on the products you have on hand and the amount of elbow grease you're willing to put into the wax removal. Freezing the wax quickly forms it into a block allowing for easy removal, while pouring the melted wax out is a quick way to get rid of the wax.


  • Freezing the tart wax is one of the best ways to empty a tart burner. Simply place the glass part of the tart burner in the freezer and let the wax harden for about 30 minutes. When hard, use a butter knife to pry up one side of the wax, and the entire tart should pop right out. Use a damp cloth to wipe out any excess, and you have a fast, effective method of emptying a tart burner.


  • Melting the wax is another fast way to clean a tart burner. Heat up the wax and use an oven mitt or hot pad to handle the hot burner. Pour the hot wax onto a piece of cardboard or into an old can or jar, then wipe out with a damp cloth to remove any excess wax. Do not pour the wax into the trash can or onto plastic, as the hot wax could melt plastic and potentially cause a fire.

Care and Caution

  • After removing the wax from the tart burner, you can easily wash with water and dish detergent, or place in the dishwasher to clean. Dry with a soft cloth to remove water spots, and the tart burner is ready for use.

    As a precaution, if freezing the tart burner to remove the wax, do not place directly back onto heat. Let warm up to room temperature, as placing a tart burner that has been frozen onto direct heat can cause the glass to crack.

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