Temperatures and Applications of Different Types of Flames

YUSUD Mar 19, 2024

In everyday life, it is common to see a variety of lighters with different flames for lighting charcoal, cigars, and other situations that require a flame. However, did you know that different types of lighters produce flames with different temperatures and how these temperatures affect their effectiveness in lighting tobacco and cigars? In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the different flame types of lighters and their temperatures and the factors that affect them, as well as analyze how these temperatures affect the lighting of tobacco and cigars.


Different Flame Types and Temperatures of Lighters


Torch lighters (Jet Lighter):

Jet lighters produce a flame that is usually blue in color, which indicates a higher flame temperature. Generally, the flame temperature of a jet lighter can reach between 1500 ℃ and 2000 ℃. This high flame temperature is suitable for lighting charcoal or cigars as it ignites the surface of the fuel quickly and evenly, creating a balanced burn.


Permanent match or cigarette lighters(soft flame):

Conventional match or flint lighters typically produce a lower temperature flame, which may range from 800 ℃ to 1200 ℃. Despite the lower flame temperatures, this softer flame may be preferable for some tobaccos and cigars, and when handled incorrectly too high a temperature ignition may result in a cigar that produces a burnt flavor with hot gases entering the mouth, detracting from the experience.


Electronic Lighters:

Electronic lighters are usually lit using an electric arc and their flame temperatures can also reach higher levels, usually between 1000 ℃ and 1300 ℃. This medium-temperature flame provides high ignition efficiency while avoiding the fuel flavor that can be associated with traditional lighters. However, the disadvantage of the electric arc is also obvious; for cigars that need to be lit evenly over a large area, the arc can only light a line of area (and if you want to light it completely, that's fine, it takes a lot of time).


Common substance ignition temperatures

In addition to the flame temperature of a lighter, it is important to know the ignition temperature of tobacco and cigars. Generally speaking:


Aviation kerosene for lighters:

For example, we usually use zippo lighter special kerosene, the flash point is usually around 22 ℃. The spontaneous combustion temperature is 425 ℃. For more than ordinary gasoline and kerosene, lighter special kerosene is not volatile, so it will be safer than ordinary fuel.


Ignition temperature of charcoal:

Charcoal used for barbecuing ignites at 300 ℃ to 400 ℃. However, charcoal requires a large volume to ignite, so a torch lighter with a high temperature flame is recommended to ignite charcoal quickly.


Tobacco ignition temperature:

Tobacco ignites at temperatures between 400 ℃ and 900 ℃. Conventional lighters have a flame that is hot enough to light a normal cigarette.


Cigar ignition temperature:

Cigars ignite at a relatively high temperature, usually between 600 ℃ and 900 ℃. Higher temperatures help to light cigars quickly and evenly, allowing the flavors and aromas of the outer and inner flavors of the cigar to be more concentrated when lit.



Knowing the temperature of the flame is crucial when choosing a lighter and lighting tobacco or cigars. Higher temperature flames may be better suited for lighting cigars, while medium to low temperature flames may be better suited for lighting tobacco. It is also important to be aware of the temperature at which tobacco and cigars are lit to ensure that they burn fully and produce the best flavor and aroma.


By understanding the different types of lighter flames and their temperatures, we can better choose the right lighting tool for a more enjoyable smoking experience.

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