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Bunsen burner. External View. Bunsen burner. Barrel : to raise the flame to a suitable height for burning or heating. Air-hole: to allow air to enter the burner. Jet : to enable the gas to rush out of the gas supply and to draw in air.

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Bunsen burner

Bunsen burner

External View


Bunsen burner

Bunsen burner

Barrel: to raise the flame to a suitable height for burning or heating

Air-hole:to allow air to enter the burner

Jet:to enable the gas to rush out of the gas supply and to draw in air

Collar:to regulate the amount of air entering the burner through the air-hole

Base:to support the burner so that it will not topple

Gas tap:to control the flow of gas to the Bunsen burner


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Internal View


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Lighting the Bunsen burner

1. Close the air-hole.

2. Put the gas lighter at the top of the barrel.

3. Turn on the gas tap.4. Strike the lighter to get a luminous flame.


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almost colourless zone of complete combustion

blue zone of partial combustion

hottest part

dark zone of unburnt gas

A Non-luminous Flame

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Non-Luminous Flame

  • occurs when the air-hole is open, allowing sufficient air into theburner

  • Blue

  • steady

  • very hot

  • hottest part of the flame is just above the tip of the blue zone


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orange zone of incomplete combustion

blue zone of partial combustion

almost colourless zone of complete combustion

dark zone of unburnt gas

A Luminous Flame

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Luminous Flame

  • occurs when the air-hole is closed and very little air is allowed to mix with the gas

  • Soot is deposited on apparatus

  • orange

  • appears flickering and unsteady

  • not very hot


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flame at jet

Strike Back


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Strike Back

  • occurs when there is too much air entering air-hole

  • instead of burning at the top of the barrel, the gas burns at the jet

  • when a strike back

  • occurs, turn off burner immediately


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  • put wire gauze (gauze mat) on tripod stand

  • put beaker of liquid on it

  • light Bunsen burner and then push it under the tripod stand

  • turn off burner when the liquid reaches required temperature

Heating a Liquid in a Beaker


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  • hold test tube with test tube holder

  • ensure that the mouth of the test-tube is pointing away from myself and others

  • slant test-tube at an angle of about 45O and heat it in the hottest part of a Bunsen flame

  • move the test-tube through flame

  • liquid to be heated should occupy no more than one-third test-tube

Heating a Liquid in a Test tube


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