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Help me light a candle!

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Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 21:13:11

I've found a lovely ocean scented candle in my cupboard today. I want to light it but i've always had a fear of lighters, somebody else normally does it for me blush

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Butteredtoast55 Wed 24-Jun-20 21:37:15

Be brave! Do it!

Butteredtoast55 Wed 24-Jun-20 21:40:03

Unless you're planning on using a flame thrower, in which case your fears are justified wink

letmethinkaboutitfornow Wed 24-Jun-20 21:40:16

Don’t do it!
You have a fear. You sound alone at home. I would be worried if you get into a panic attack with a candle on.
Wait until someone is there with you so you can light it up with them at presence.

CeciledeVolanges Wed 24-Jun-20 21:41:04

Can you use a kitchen match? They are long which gives you plenty of time to strike, light the candle, and put it out. If you’re going to use a lighter hold the candle sideways and the flame won’t go near your fingers smile

Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 22:08:51

I have a bic lighter and my fear is accidentally lighting myself on fireblush I've seen videos... The flame is so close to where you put your finger!! shock

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Sparklesocks Wed 24-Jun-20 22:11:26

You will be fine, just pull up any sleeves and hold it close to the wick

1Morewineplease Wed 24-Jun-20 22:12:43

You need one of those long candle lighters. You can get them from supermarkets.

D4rwin Wed 24-Jun-20 22:13:12

Kebab skewer? Hold candle with tongs over hob?

Lactarius Wed 24-Jun-20 22:26:57

Go to a local pharmacy and get some potassium permanganate crystals and a bottle of glycerine. Mix them together into a paste on top of the candle and step back. After a short while it will self-ignite and you won't have to use a match or a lighter. You'll get lovely purple flames as a bonus

user1471447863 Wed 24-Jun-20 22:30:37


I have a bic lighter and my fear is accidentally lighting myself on fireblush I've seen videos... The flame is so close to where you put your finger!! shock

It's really hard to set your finger alight, you'd really need to heat it long enough for the fat to melt then wick into something for it to burn, and most people don't have particularity fatty fingers. You'd have realised long before then.
Are you sure you are old enough to be playing with candles?

Jarline Wed 24-Jun-20 22:32:10

Kebab skewer, cocktail stick, or a stick of (dried pasta) spaghetti!!

Haworthia Wed 24-Jun-20 22:32:34

I got an electronic candle lighter from Amazon. Life changing! It’s like a tiny taser 🤣

PolPotNoodle Wed 24-Jun-20 22:34:02

You wouldn't set your finger on fire, come on now.

If you are really that afraid, you can light a piece of spaghetti so that you can hold the lighter more upright while you're doing it, to save you from setting your flesh ablaze.

user1471447863 Wed 24-Jun-20 22:38:38

Is this you?

Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 23:23:09

I want a long candle lighter soo bad but the size of the flame terrifies me grin

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Haworthia Wed 24-Jun-20 23:28:00

These ones are flameless.

Eletorot Candle Lighter Rechargeable Arc Lighter Electric Lighter, Rechargeable Flameless Lighter,USB Windproof Flexible Lighter for Home Kitchen Outdoor BBQ Camping Sports Activities(Red)

Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 23:28:02

Oooh I like the sound of an electric candle lighter. Do they produce a real flame? shock

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Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 23:28:18

Thank you for the link PP!!

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minielise Wed 24-Jun-20 23:30:14

I’m scared too!! I thought I was the only person in the world, I second spaghetti and the hob!

Crikeyblimey Wed 24-Jun-20 23:32:21

I always use spaghetti. Light the spaghetti and use as a ‘long’ match.

Bananasplitlady Wed 24-Jun-20 23:39:26

If the candle is new and hasn't been used before, gently straighten the wick then hold the candle at 90° to light it and stand it up carefully and quickly. That way you can hold the lighter straight up rather than risk it catching on your thumb.

Ijustwantedafringe36 Wed 24-Jun-20 23:49:02

But how would I light the spaghetti in the first place confused

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Dougalthesyrianhamster Wed 24-Jun-20 23:52:12

OP do you genuinely believe it's physically possible to set your finger on fire?! Do you actually believe that?


Lemonmaid Wed 24-Jun-20 23:55:53

Light it in a sink so if you do set fire to your finger (you won't) you can easily douse it and the candle.

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