How to Use a Candle Lighter

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Check the bottom of your candle lighter to determine if it's refillable. If so, it has a valve at the bottom of the device, opposite the lighter tip end.


Use only butane in a refillable candle lighter. If you're unsure what to buy, ask a representative at a store that sells an assortment of butane cigarette lighters.

Do not use a candle lighter to ignite flammable liquids such as gasoline or charcoal lighter fluid, as an explosion or burst of fire may occur.

Keep candles far away from fabrics and flammable materials when lighting them and during use.

A candle lighter keeps fingers a safe distance from the flame.
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A candle lighter's long nozzle gives you a safe way to ignite a candle flame, even when you have a short candle inside a tall jar or a glass candle holder. The basic operation is the same from one brand of candle lighter to the next, although some feature a safety switch to prevent young children from activating the device.

Lighter Usage

Step 1

Hold the lighter so the tip of the nozzle is approximately an inch away from the candle wick.

Step 2

Inspect the lighter, looking for a small slider, lever or switch along the lever handle. The candle may have two such devices, other than the trigger or button that ignites the flame -- one is a safety switch and the other adjusts the flame height. Adjust the flame height slider to the middle setting. This slider may feature a minus sign and plus sign at either end, or a small flame and a large flame.

Step 3

Press the safety switch or slide the safety lever to allow the flame to ignite, if your candle lighter model has one. It may look like an on/off rocker switch.

Step 4

Press the large trigger or button while holding the lighter tip near the candle wick. As the flame comes out of the lighter tip, ignite the candle wick. If no flame comes out, adjust the flame-height lever to a higher setting, and then press the trigger again.

Refilling the Candle Lighter

Step 1

Flip an empty refillable candle lighter upside down to expose the refill valve on the bottom of the device.

Step 2

Remove the cap from the butane-refill container. Flip the butane container upside down, fitting its nozzle onto the valve on the lighter. Press the butane container down firmly.

Step 3

Remove the butane container from the lighter when the butane sprays out a little. Allow the lighter to rest for at least two minutes, to let the parts inside it readjust so the lighter functions properly once again.

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Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, SFGate, Landlordology and others.

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