Anti Frost candles
Anti Frost candles, also known as bougies are probably the most commonly used form of frost protection in the UK. They work by introducing lots of small sources of heat into the vineyard, which is more effective that one larger source. Most are now using fats or waxes from sustainable sources. Although there are no capital costs, there is a cost of the antifreeze candles and the labour needed to light them during the night. The manufacturers state that around 200- 500 against frost candles are recommended per hectare, depending on the situation, but hopefully they are only needed in the frost prone areas of the vineyard. We were launched in 1998 and these antifrost candles contain stearin which is 100% natural. In fact, the calorific value is higher than with the previous petroleum-based antifreeze candles so they generate a little more heat.