How to Light a Candle without a Lighter

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If you’re like me, then you’ve been looking for a fresh way to light a candle. You can light a candle with a lighter, however, what happens if there’s no flame? Or if the flame doesn’t remain glowing? And even more worryingly, what is the possibility of the lighter getting caught on fire? There are, however, other ways to ignite candles without using matches or lighters. Here are five ways to light candles that anyone can utilize:



  1. Friction

If you’re not a candle lighting expert, you may be thinking about what you can do to ignite a fire without the aid of a lighter. In this section, we’ll look at some of the most popular ways to do so:

Friction. The simplest method is by applying pressure to two pieces of wood together–but be careful! You don’t want to burn yourself in the process or cause any damage to your home that could result in an insurance claim. Some people also use friction when they need something more powerful than their hands alone can accomplish (like the lighting dryer lint).

This method requires some patience and lets you create heat quickly; however, it is best to use outdoors since it produces lots of smoke when burning indoors with doors and windows that are open around several rooms at once.

Rubbing Flint With Steel: This method involves rubbing one part against another until they’re sufficiently hot for use in the ignition. Rubbing Flint using Steel and Wood: This method uses two different materials on the other side (the steel)to heat up faster than normal while still being capable of producing sufficient heat without creating excessive noise when friction.

  1. Use The Stove

You can make use of the stove to ignite a candle, but it’s more difficult than just putting the wick inside the flame. You need to be careful not to spill hot wax on your skin.

If you’re using a stove that’s gas you should use flameproof propane or electric stove. When you’re cooking with an electric appliance, make sure that the stove is shut off prior to lighting your candle.

If you are lighting your candle using an electric flame, switch on the burner and place the votive on top of the burner. Be sure the flame is at least four inches away from the candle’s wick.

  1. A Magnifying Glass

If you own a magnifying glass and can direct the sun’s light onto your candle, then you’re done. It’s best to ensure that there aren’t any other distractions in the vicinity when you’re doing this. The last thing you want is that someone else comes in your space and make fun of how ridiculous you appear with an unlit candle before your face.

A suitable size for a magnifying glass should be at three inches in size (a smaller magnifying glass can only be used if it is equipped with an adjustable lens).

  1. A Focused Parabolic Reflector

Parabolic reflectors are a device designed to focus sun’s light on the candle, which will cause a massive flame. The parabolic reflector can be made out of cardboard, aluminum foil or even paper.

You can also purchase one at any hardware store–they’re known as “reflection mirrors.”

  1. An Alcohol Flame

In the event that you’re using an electric lighter or match, make use of it to light the alcohol. The flame should be small enough to ensure that it doesn’t set your candle in flames. Light a single match and then hold it in the container until the fuel has gone, then drop the match empty into the other end of your container (the one with candles).

If you’re using a real flame source like an ember or Bic lighter, go ahead and light up!

  1. Rubbing

If you’re looking to light a flame without lighting a candle there are two options that you could use. The first method is that of using two sticks to rub them together, and then inflaming them by friction. This works well if your sticks are small enough and have sufficient areas of surface (like twigs). If not, consider using a magnifying device to concentrate sunlight on the sticks.

The second option is to make use of static electricity generated by rubbing wet hands together as they move through dry air molecules around you–this produces sparks that can ignite combustible substances like paper or wood shavings (as long as they’re dry).

  1. Static Electricity

Static Electricity is the accumulation of electric energy on the outside of an object. If you rub two different materials together, like your hands and balloons it can provide enough energy to make a candle glow.

There are three requirements to do this trick:

  • A lighter or a different way to ignite (candle)
  • Something with which to rub (balloon)


  1. Friction

If you’re trying to light a candle , without an ignition source, the best way is by creating friction between two objects. This can be done by using your hands to create friction or rubbing them on cotton balls. You also can use sandpaper too! If you have access to sandpaper, try rubbing one side of it against another side (like how CDs are made).

  1. Sun

Another method of creating warmth to ignite your candle without using a lighter is by shining sunlight directly onto the wick (the portion that gets burned). This method is more effective than friction because there’s no risk of getting burned.

However, it is required the presence of a opening or door that lets sunlight can enter your home and hits whatever surface(s) there are surrounding these surfaces or wicks. This means that if you don’t have any windows in the vicinity, this technique won’t work for everyone who would like their candles lit quickly and so on. Let’s move on.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the little bit of trivia, and I’m excited to see your solutions. If you’re interested in finding out the best ways to burn candles without lighters, be sure to check out our other articles on the issue! Here’s all the various ways to light a candle without using a lighter. If you’ve come up with any additional methods we’ve missed Please share your suggestions in the comments below.

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Katherine is a passionate digital nomad with a major in English language and literature, a word connoisseur who loves writing about raging technologies, digital marketing, and career conundrums.

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