How to Light a Bunsen Burner

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Lighting a Bunsen burner can cause anxiety for some. Dealing with fire and gas can seem scary. However, if you know the proper procedure for lighting a Bunsen burner, the task does not seem so bad. Follow these steps to safely and successfully light a Bunsen burner.

Things You'll Need

  • Bunsen burner
  • Tubing
  • Gas source
  • Match
  • Safety gear
  • Hook the Bunsen burner up to a gas source or tap using rubber tubing. Be sure that the tubing does not have any holes by examining it before use.

  • Turn the collar on the lower portion of the Bunsen burner so the holes in the burner are slightly open.

  • Light a match carefully. Be sure to hold the match securely and keep your fingers away from the flame to avoid burns.

  • Turn on the gas tap. To do this, push down and turn the nozzle so it is parallel with the gas tap or tubing. This will allow the gas to start flowing to the Bunsen burner.

  • Move the lit match over to the top of the burner to light the Bunsen burner. Do this very carefully making sure that the match does not go out before the Bunsen burner lights.

  • Adjust the holes in the Bunsen burner using the collar until you have the appropriate flame. Typically, you will want a blue flame. You can get the blue flame when the holes in the Bunsen burner are either entirely open or almost entirely open.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear appropriate safety gear, such as a lab coat and safety goggles, when lighting a Bunsen burner.
  • Keep all flammable items away from the Bunsen burner when lighting it. Flammable items can include papers and chemicals.
  • Be sure to use a Bunsen burner on a flat, nonflammable surface.
  • Take great care when working with fire to avoid burns.
  • Never leave a lit Bunsen burner unattended.
  • Always shut the gas when the Bunsen burner is not in use.
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