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Andrerw

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Why does a candle burn out?
« on: 09/11/2008 22:49:19 »
Andrerw asked the Naked Scientists:

I would like to know why a candle burns out i.e. where does the wax go?

Thanks

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Offline Bored chemist

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Why does a candle burn out?
« Reply #1 on: 10/11/2008 07:06:01 »
It is converted to a mixutur of gases, largely CO2 and water vapour.
 

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Why does a candle burn out?
« Reply #2 on: 10/11/2008 12:03:28 »
To elaborate slightly, the heat of the flame melts and evaporates the wax, and then the wax vapour rises and is burned in the flame.
 

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Why does a candle burn out?
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