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what happens when a candle is alight?

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  1. Paraffin vaporizes near the base of the wick and is convected upwards into the air. Particles of soot form that give off the light before they burn up at a reaction front. It is called a "diffusion flame" because the oxidizer and fuel come together from opposite directions.

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    posted by drwls
  2. This reference explains how a candle works better than I just did:
    http://www.answers.com/topic/diffusion-flame?cat=technology

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