Many people who use sparklers (particularly colour coated sparklers) find them much more difficult to light compared to traditional fused fireworks. It can be even more difficult if you choose cheap sparklers that are made of poor quality materials. Using an inadequate flame source (such as matches or cheap lighters) to light sparklers, especially in windy conditions, can prove to be a futile prospect and also be incredibly frustrating.
Even lighting traditional sparklers can be a tedious job, especially at weddings or large events where multiple sparklers are required at the same time.
Below are a few helpful tips to help get your sparklers going faster;
- Choose a sheltered location away from wind.
- Only light one wedding sparkler at a time. Lit sparklers can be unpredictable with their spark discharge, so lighting multiple sparklers at once can be very dangerous.
- Do not use matches to ignite a sparkler; including paper or wooden stick matches. A sparkler usually takes a few seconds to light, and matches will often burn down too quickly, and you will find yourself burning your fingers before lighting the sparkler. Also, even if you manage to light the sparkler, you would have two burning items in your hands, one of which needs to be discarded quickly. This can lead to a potentially dangerous situation, and can be avoided by simply eliminating matches from the equation.
- A simpler approach to lighting sparklers is with a butane torch lighter. Butane lighters and propane torches can be used. Preferably, long nozzle lighters that keep the flame far enough away from the hand holding the lighter are much safer. Electric ignition type propane torches are by far the quickest and best way to light multiple sparklers at weddings in open areas.
- One of the most popular methods to light multiple sparklers is to light one wedding sparkler, then use it to light the rest of the wedding sparklers one at a time. You can designate 1 person as the “lighter”, and have the rest of the people line up to take turns. When you light a sparkle with another sparkler, your hands are kept at a safe distance and you can enjoy the show will getting things ramped up.
- Always keep the sparkler horizontal or with the tip angled down slightly. This will help light the wedding sparkler faster, as the flame will want to naturally move vertical and ignite the sparkler’s pyrotechnic compound. Going “with the grain” is always best way to light sparklers at a wedding.
- Always light your sparkler at the tip, keeping the open flame the furthest away from the bare wire handle as possible.