7 Smart Tips On How To Light A Candle Without A Lighter

If you’re like me, you’ve been looking for a new way to light a candle. You can use a lighter, but what if there’s no fire? Or if the flame doesn’t stay lit? Or even worse—what if the lighter itself starts catching on fire? Luckily there are some other ways to light candles without using lighters or matches. Here are five easy ways that anyone can use:

7 Smart Tips On How To Light A Candle Without A Lighter

How To Light A Candle Without A Lighter

1. Friction

If you’re not a candle-lighting expert, you might be wondering how to light a match without a lighter. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most common ways to do so:

  • Friction. The simplest method is by rubbing two pieces of wood together—but be careful! You don’t want to burn yourself by accident or cause any damage to your home that could lead to an insurance claim. Some people also use friction when they want something stronger than just their hands can achieve alone (like lighting dryer lint).

This method requires some patience and allows you to create heat quickly; however, it’s best used outdoors because it produces lots of smoke when burning indoors with open windows or doors around several rooms at once.

Rubbing Flint With Steel: This technique involves rubbing one piece on another until they become hot enough for ignition purposes. Rubbing Flint With Steel And Wood: This method uses two different materials for one side (the steel)to heat up faster than normal while still being able to produce enough heat without making too much noise from rubbing.

2. Use The Stove

You can use a stove to light a candle, but it’s a lot more complicated than simply putting the wick in the flame. You need to be careful not to spill any hot wax onto your skin.

If you’re using a gas stove, use a flameproof electric or propane stove. If you’re using an electric stove, make sure that it has been turned off before lighting your candle.

When lighting your candle on an electric stove, turn on the burner and place the votive on top of the burner. Make sure that the flame is at least four inches from the wick.

3. A Magnifying Glass

If you have a magnifying glass and can focus the sun’s rays on your candle, you’re all set. You’ll need to make sure there are no other distractions around when you do this—the last thing you want is for someone else to come into your room and make fun of how stupid you look with a burning candle in front of your face.

A good size for a magnifying glass is at least 3 inches in diameter (a small one will only work if it has an adjustable lens).

4. A Focused Parabolic Reflector

  • A parabolic reflector is a device used to focus the sun’s rays on the candle, which will create an intense flame. The parabolic reflector can be made out of aluminum foil, cardboard, or paper.
  • You can also buy one at any hardware store—they’re called “reflection mirrors.”
7 Smart Tips On How To Light A Candle Without A Lighter

5. An Alcohol Flame

If you’re using a lighter or match, use it to light the alcohol. The flame should be small enough that it can’t set your candle on fire. Light a single match and hold it over the container until all of its fuel is burned off, then drop the empty match into the other end of your container (the one with the candle).

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

6. Rubbing

If you want to light a candle without a lighter, there are two methods that you can use. The first is the method of rubbing two sticks together and igniting them with fire by friction. This works well if your sticks are small enough and have enough surface area (like twigs). If not, then try using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto them.

The second method is to use static electricity from rubbing wet hands together as they pass through dry air molecules around you—this produces sparks that ignite combustible materials like paper or wood shavings (as long as they’re dry).

7. Static Electricity

Static electricity is the buildup of electric charge on the surface of an object. When you rub two different materials together, like your hand and a balloon, this static build-up can give you enough power to light a candle.

You need three things for this trick:

  • A lighter or another source of fire (candle)
  • Something with which to rub (balloon)
7 Smart Tips On How To Light A Candle Without A Lighter

a lot of ways to light a candle without using a lighter

1. Friction

If you want to light a candle without using a lighter, then the best way is by creating friction between two objects. This can be done by rubbing your hands together or rubbing them on cotton balls. You also can use sandpaper as well! If you have access to sandpaper, try rubbing one side of it against another side (like how they make CDs).

2. Sun

Another way to create heat to light your candle without using a lighter is by using sunlight directly onto the wick (the part that burns). It seems like this method would work better than friction because there’s no risk of getting burned.

However, it does require having an open window or door where sunlight enters your room and hits whatever surface(s) there may be around these surfaces/wicks – which means that if there aren’t any windows nearby then this method won’t work for everyone who wants their candles lit quickly so let’s move on:


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit of trivia, and I look forward to seeing your solutions. If you’re interested in learning more about lighting candles without lighters, check out our other posts on the topic! There you have it – all the different ways to light a candle without a lighter. If you’ve got any other methods that we missed, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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