Science Questions

What are flames made of?

Sun, 1st Jul 2007

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Question

Jason asked:

What are flames made of?

Answer

Flames are simply soot particles made when a wick (in the example of a candle) burns.  Because these soot particles are so hot, travel upwards and glow, just as a red hot poker might glow.  They glow a yellow colour and so create a flame.

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