The first lighter was produced in 1816 by a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner. It was large and hard to use, and didn’t really achieve any kind of popularity. A chemical reaction was used to create hydrogen gas, which was ignited by a spark.
“Dobereiner’s lamp,” as it a (highly dangerous) cartridge filled with hydrogen and triggered by a platinum catalyst.
Lighters didn’t really start to take off until Zippo began mass producing more practical models in the 1930s.
a short slender piece of flammable material (such as wood) tipped with a combustible mixture that bursts into flame when slightly heated through friction (as by being scratched against a rough surface)
The match, as we know it, was invented in 1826 by a chemist named John Walker from Stockton on Tees. The first commercial friction matches – called Lucifers – were sold in 1827 and quickly become popular.
Match-like chemical reactions with the discovery of phosphorus, but the true friction match was not invented until 1827.
In that year, a British chemist by the name of John Walker made matches out of long sticks with a combination of antimony sulphide, potassium chlorate, gum, and starch on the end.
He called his invention the “Congreves”
Which is better to use matches or lighters?
Matches take longer to light, but, are better. Lighters that use lighter fluid (i.e. affordable disposables) are horrible for cigars and pipes because they burn too hot consequently ruining the smoke, plus it leaves a taste.
Which is more environmentally friendly matches or lighter?
The sustainability of matches over lighters can tremendously improve how the environment is affected. Matches are biodegradable and environmentally friendly, which makes them an easy choice over a lighter. They are also produced in the USA, which means a smaller carbon footprint over imported disposable lighters