Why do candles re-light?

As you can see above, you can blow out a candle and then light it again without ever touching the wick, simply by holding a flame to the smoke trail – just like magic. But what’s actually going on here? And the results are pretty beautiful:

Actually, the smoke contains vaporised bits of wax that haven’t fully burnt as yet. And so when you hold a flame to that smoke trail, the fire can burn its way down to relight the candle, igniting little particles of wax as it goes

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One Response to Why do candles re-light?

  1. Phil Krause says:

    Candles also produce millions of tiny diamonds in their flames.

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