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Coal has a high ignition temperature. So, lighting the matchstick to coal won’t heat the coal to reach its ignition temperature

A coal fire is started by

  • A piece of cloth is dipped in kerosene oil and pieces of wood are arranged over it
  • On top of wood, we put coal pieces
  • We burn the kerosene oil using a matchstick
  • Heat produced by kerosene cloth makes the wood pieces burn
  • Wood produces a large amount of heat, which makes the coal pieces on top of it to reach its ignition temperature
  • Thus, coal starts burning



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