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A Bunsen burner, named after Robert Bunsen, is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame, which is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion. The gas can be natural gas (which is mainly methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane, or a mixture of both. In our labs our gas taps use methane.

To achieve this badge you must safely demonstrate the use of a Bunsen burner in the following ways

  • light a Bunsen burner using either match or a splint remembering to
    • correctly position the collar
    • produce the safety flame
    • take appropriate safety precautions
  • demonstrate the use of the working and safety flames and describe what each is used for and explain why
  • locate the hottest part of a Bunsen burner flame
  • demonstrate reducing the height of a Bunsen burner flame



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