Because of my asthma, I don't burn scented candles; only plain ones. I keep a big supply of plain tealights in a tin and for a special treat I'll burn several at dinnertime. I have a selection of holders including a deep rose rock-crystal holder and a holder carved out of volcanic rock (which I bought in Iceland) and since both are deep, lighting the tealights can be tricky.
After one-too-many burnt fingers I decided to invest in some long matches, as these would enable me to light all my tealights in one go and leave my digits a singe-free zone! I found these Bryant & May matches in Wilkinsons for around 80p.
Bryant & May Extra Long Matches come in boxes containing 45 matches. The boxes are of a traditional matchbox design (inner cardboard tray containing the matches slides out of the cardboard sleeve) but is much larger; approximately 4 times larger than a traditional box of matches, by my estimation. The outer sleeve incorporates the standard striking panel with impregnated chemical agents that react with the match head when the match is struck.
The box states that these matches are 'ideal for open fires, barbecues and candles'.
The matches themselves are of course made of wood, and are cut into square-ended matches. The wood is very light and strong, but the matches are quite crudely cut; all the boxes I've bought are full of matches that have little splinters coming off them, and that are not exactly straight-cut. They're fine to use but it looks as if the manufacturing process could have been completed with more care. Whilst having the same thickness as a standard match (around 2mm) they are far longer - around 7cm.
At the end of each matchstick is the match head, red-coloured on these matches. As these are safety matches they cannot be struck and ignited on any old surface; the necessary chemicals to trigger ignition are split between the match head and the box panel. I don't know if non-safety matches are still available; in any case I'd never buy them as I'd always be concerned about starting an accidental fire if the matches jostled against each other in the box.
Striking the matches is straightforward and I've always been able to light them on the first or second attempt.
I'm really pleased with this product and now I always buy these over standard length matches. One match will easily light three or four candles with around half the match left to burn; plenty of room to hold the match safely without risk of burning! They blow out easily and don't smoke very much, so they're easy, convenient and reliable.
I've also used them on our cooking hob on the rare occasion the built-in ignition fails. Again I feel far safer using these over shorter, traditional matches, especially when the gas ring suddenly ignites and is far bigger than I was expecting!
In conclusion, these are now my matches of choice. They're safer than traditional short matches as there's far more distance between fingers and flame. They cost more than traditional matches, but only by pennies; a small price to pay for safety!
I recently bought some Yankee Candle jar candles, when they were fairly new lighting them with regular sized matches wasn't a problem, but as the candles burned it was getting more difficult to light them without almost scorching my finger tips.
When I run out of matches I decided I would buy some Bryant & May Extra Long Matches as I remember my parents used to use them when they had open fires as it was easier to get to the back of the fire due to the length of the match.
The matches come in a wipe clean box containing an average of 45 matches. Each match is about 10 centimeters in length. Apart from being longer they look just like other matches. They are manufactured by Swedish Match.
As they are safety matches they will not spontaneously combust and will only light when you strike them against the brown surface on the side of the box. As with all matches they should be kept away from children.
Lighting the matches is easy, and I can't recall a time when I have struggled to get one to light.
I now find lighting my large jar candles much easier and I don't have to worry about burning my fingers.
One of my candles has two wicks, with other matches I would have had to use two matches but with these I can use one and there would still be plenty of burn time if needed.
In my opinion these matches are the ones to have unless you only have things like tealights to light or perhaps cigarettes. They would make lighting things like barbecues or chimneas much easier or even gas hobs if the ignition has stopped working.
Even though they cost more than others I think they are worth the premium.
Large box of matches.
Bryant and May Extra Long Matches.
'Ideal for open fires, barbecues and candles.'
Safety matches made by Swedish Matches.
Made in the EU.
Strip of safety striking surface down one side.
By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Conforms to EN 1783 1997 SAF.
Average contents 45 matches.
These are long and sturdy matches - being 3.75 inches long. The match itself is made from a thicker piece of wood which makes these matches good and robust.
As it states on the box these are great for lighting fires, using for barbecues and also for lighting candles. They are safety matches so will only light if used on the special scratch strip along the side of the box. Being longer they can reach into jar candles and also light fires easily. The matches stay lit for a reasonable time and are obviously much better at performing tasks than the conventionally sized matches.
These matches are more expensive so although I do use them I also use conventional matches for certain jobs such as just lighting tea lights, I can then keep these longer matches for my large Yankee jar candles which ordinary matches cannot access and also to light our log burner without getting my fingers burnt.
These are strong and good quality matches and although the box only contains 45 matches the box does last a good long time and they are definitely value for money.
Much longer and stronger than ordinary matches but I still use a mixture of both depending on what I need to light.
===Would I Recommend?===
Needing some new matches recently, we went to our local supermarket to pick up a box. Whilst I have in the past used short matches, I have recently been given a number of large candles and tea lights which I like to burn in a Moroccan style lamp, and these can be tricky to reach with a shorter match. That being considered, I opted for the longer matches to save my fingers.
These matches come packaged in an orange and yellow box, which is illustrated quite appropriately with a flame on the front and the text 'Extra Long Matches'. Along the side of the box is a slightly rough surface with which to rub the head of the match and ignite the flame. The box opens by simply sliding the middle insert out from the cardboard sleeve, revealing a tidy group of matches nestled within. The box does contain around 45 matches and these are each around twice the length of a standard match and slightly thicker in body.
To use, simply rub the head of the match down the side of the box to get the flame ignited, and then blow out once the intended ignition has taken place. I generally find that the flame ignites very easily, usually around the second attempt and that upon ignition the match produces a good strong flame which is above 1cm in height. The matches are a great length in our home as the additional length means that they can easily be held to a wick of a candle and at times when the wick takes a few seconds to ignite, there is no chance of getting burnt fingers. In addition, one match can be used to light a number of candles in one sitting and therefore despite the fact that you get fewer of these matches in a box than you would with short matches, they do last for a good amount of time.
A box of these matches can currently be purchased in Tesco for 95p and as this works out at around 2p per match I feel that this is a good price to pay. My only criticism of these matches is that when being moved around the room the flames does have a tendency to blow out quite easily, and I have learnt to let the flame burn for a couple of seconds before moving to ensure that the flame is burning strongly enough.
These are a great box of matches and I would recommend them. They therefore score an excellent five stars from me.
Thanks for reading! x
We are hoping to move house in the Spring assuming everything goes to plan and so we are trying to clear out some things as we find them. One thing that I have been trying to do recently is to use up some candles in the house that don't use tealights and instead are in little jars and so once they have burnt away they can't be re used. I have a set of four little jar style candles from Next which I got a couple of years ago, but the wick on each candle is very hard to get lit and a small match just won't do, as I end up having to keep blowing it out because it is getting too close to my fingers and yet still hasn't lit. My husband then produced these Bryant May Extra Long Matches which he tends to keep for lighting the fire, and they have been ideal for my candles as well.
THe pack that I am currently using is possible a more up to date version of that shown in the picture above, as the colours on the packaging are slightly different. On the front of my pack, it states that these 'extra long matches' are safety matches and 'longer lasting'. It also states that these matches are ideal for 'open fires, barbecues and candles'. Well, obviously my husband, as I said, used these longer matches for the fire when he's putting it on at the weekends, but I have also found them to be terrific for lighting candles, but particularly when lighting candles that have either burnt down a lot and are therefore hard to reach, but also for those with only a short wick.
It also states on the back that this pack contains an average of 45 matches, which I cannot say I can confirm, as I am half way through my husband's pack but at an approximate cost of less than a pound per pack this is good value in my view.
As I said, I needed matches that would allow me to light candles which had a very small wick and the small matches simply weren't working, these long matches allow me to light all four of them at once, even if it takes a little to get the wick to catch light, without me having to blow out the match because it has got too close to my hand and therefore saves me money because I am only using one match in comparison to a dozen of small matches that don't necessarily work. So, I would happily recommend these matches for candles and fires as they really are a much safer option and are much better for candles that are difficult to light.
I am a person who cannot use matches, I have tried on many occasions and regular matches just scare me I get scared of being burnt by them so once they are lit I shake and faff and because I'm rushing can't use them effectively before it gets halfway down the wood and I blow it out to avoid my fingers getting burnt so when my mum gave me a pack of these extra long matches a while ago my problems were solved!
I have since purchased these matches on a fair few occasions since they are so cheap, they cost just 66p from Asda for a large box of around 45 matches so a good amount of use from each box, I also like these as they come in a bright orange box so they stand out in the drawer unlike the tiny boxes that tend to get lost far too quickly.
To use the matches you simply scrape the bulbous red end along the length of sandpaper on the side of the box which then lights the match. The wood is fairly thick and I have found that these not only allow you more time to light candles by being longer but the wood is also thicker so you are able to securely grip the match as well as having more time by the match taking longer to burn down. As these matches are thicker I have also found them to be much stronger in that they don't snap at all, many occasions I found that regular matches either refused to light or snapped meaning a lot of the box failed to be used however every match I have ever used from this brand has light quickly and effectively as well as staying strong throughout the lighting process. As these are longer lasting I have found I can light around 5/6 big candles with fairly thick wicks with just the one match, previously I struggled to get one to catch light before the match was burnt out. A further plus of these matches is that as they are so long the yankee jars I have that have burnt away and cannot be lit with a lighter these matches reach extremely easily, before they were ending up as being left on display or in a cupboard rather than being used because I simply didn't want to throw them away however after seeing a review on her about how well the matches handled the jars I gave it a try and now I can get to the end of all of them so these are fairly cost effective matches.
Overall these are an excellent product that has made me more comfortable using matches as well as allowing me to use up the end of candles I used to love. I would definitely recommend them.
When it comes to matches I must admit that I do get a little anxious when lighting them. I find 'normal' matches too small and I get jittery when I light them as I worry that the flame will reach my fingers before I have finished using it. I therefore tend to blow the match out rather quickly which can be rather wasteful and also problematic when lighting birthday candles, particularly is the person is over 3 years old!
If you've read some of my recent reviews you'll know about my new found fondness for Yankee candles. I tend to use the wax tarts which I burn in a tart burner and I when using standard matches I was always a little apprehensive about lighting the tealight to place under the tart burner. When looking to buy replacement matches I spotted extra-long matches manufactured by Bryant and May in my local branch of Tesco. These seemed ideal for me as the extra length of the match would mean less panic on my part when it was lit. The box cost me 80p and it houses around 45 matches.
The matches are housed in a standard style matchbox, although it is much bigger to accommodate the larger matchsticks. The match box is green and orange in colour with the course striking surface running down one side. The matchsticks themselves are around 10cm long, giving a generous amount of stick to burn.
In use I have found the matches to be well constructed. I have had problems with other matches I have bought where either the striking surface is poor so that the match does not light easily or the matches themselves snap when striking the surface. These matches however are a little thicker than standard matches which makes them strong and not at all flimsy. I have had no problems with the striking surface either and have managed to light each match after the first strike. I have used around 30 matches so far and each one has lit effortlessly. Unlike other matches I have used I have not noticed the smell of sulphur when the match is lit either. I think from a safety point of view these extra-long matches are better than standard matches as the extra length means less chance of burnt fingers.
I have used these to light tealights as well as birthday candles and I am pleased to report that I was able to light 10 candles in one go with no nervousness on my part. I can see that they would also be useful for lighting candles housed in a jar as the extra length of the match means that it can reach the wick, which may have burnt down, quite easily. I usually find that I only use a fraction of the length of each match so to be more economical I try to reuse these by lighting them with the flame from my gas cooker, so I get at least two uses out of each matchstick. Overall I am quite impressed with these and I shall certainly be buying these again.
Matches are something that I use regularly in my home due to the large amount of candles we use (most of the time my long handled lighter is out of gas!). My matches of choice are usually Bryant & May Extra Long Matches which are widely available in most supermarkets etc. Most recently I brought my box of Bryant & May Extra Long Matches from Morrisons for just 69p which I think you will agree is a very reasonable price (most shops retail for around this price).
May & Bryant Matches (just thought I'd shake it up there, why does Bryant always have to come first!?) come in a box and you must strike the side of the box to light the matches - this requires a gentle strike (away from the body) which is very quick and easy to do. Most importantly they are also 'safety matches' which means they can only be lit when struck against the box and unlike some other matches, these matches are very good quality and I haven't yet had one snap whilst attempting to light it. Most averagely the amount of matches per box is 45, each match is about 3 inches long and the box describes them as 'ideal for open fires, barbecues and candles'.
Make sure you keep them out of childrens reach!
My reasoning for somewhat favouring Bryant & May over other brands is not just the price but because they are extra long which makes them last considerably longer than most standard size matches (about a minute) and also ensures I don't burn my fingers, which seems to happen far too often with standard size matches! Major upsides of these matches are that I can easily light all of the candles in my house and every candle on a birthday cake, usually all with ONE match - very handy AND cost effective.
Most of the time when I light my jar candles (especially when they have melted down quite far) I have to stick my hand right in to the jar with the match and the flame rises up and usually burns my hand with smaller matches, but this doesn't happen with Bryant & May Extra Long Matches.
Marvellous matches that I will continue to use and am happy to recommend them to others.
This is a review of Bryant & May extra long matches which I buy mainly to light candles. I've got a lovely autumnal spiced candle on the go at the moment but we are getting to the bottom of the jar so it needs lots of reach!
I tend to have those large candles in a jar and once they burn down they are difficult to reach with your regular length matches. Bryant & May make Extra Long Matches and you get around 45 in a box for around 75 pence. I buy mine from the supermarket but you can probably pick them up a little cheaper from other home ware shops.
The side panel is 'safety match' style ie. not sandpaper and lighting the match is smooth and efficient. I have been through a few boxes of these matches and never had one fail or break on me yet.
Size is important
The length of the matches is their special feature so this detail is important in this review. Each match measures 10 cm long and you get around 10 seconds burn time if you were to let each match burn right down.
Another useful thing about these matches is if you were lighting several matches at a time say on a birthday cake. You would get the job done quicker and safer.
The packaging on my box is delightful. Named the 'winter collection; there is a snow scene on the side of the box that is lovely to look at.
Value for money
I realise there are cheaper matches out there and lighters are also cheaper but I do feel these look nice in their box and I don't mind them being on view due to the picture.
Ultimately if you don't smoke and are a little nervous around fire and matches, then these are for you! The length of the stick gives plenty of room to hold, you get a decent amount of burn time and they are good quality. It goes without saying that you need to keep the box away from children and also these matches have the Queen's crest on them so they are supplied to royalty too!
Bryant & May Extra Long Matches have been a staple in our household for years, as I like to burn scented candles and incense, and in general, as none of the family smokes, I'd prefer these to having a cigarette lighter lying around. I've also used these on numerous occasions on camping trips, when their extra length when compared to normal sized matches, has really come in handy over the years.
I generally pay around 70-80p for a box of these Extra Long Matches and each box contains around 45 matches, give or take a couple. The Bryant and May branding is very recognisable, being bright orange and fiery in colour, and having a rough strip down the side on which you strike the matches to light them. I remember my Mum using these when I was younger too, as well as the iconic Cooks Matches, which I also use.
The matches are basically thicker, longer versions of normal matches, being nearly 10cm long instead of the usual sized ones which are around 5cm. Being longer, it's good that they are also thicker, as this means there's little chance of snapping them whilst striking them.
In the past, I've found the extra length on these Bryant and May matches to be a real godsend, saving my fingers from getting burnt lighting camp fires, gas stoves, barbeques, candles, incense sticks and of course, the pilot light in the boiler.
On the few occasions I've used normal matches for these tasks, I've found that I find myself rushing to get the item lit before the short match burns down to my fingers, and I don't like this feeling, nor the actual burning sensation when the match does burn down that far! They are much more economical I find, as I find with these matches (which being thicker take longer to burn down) I can light several items at once, instead of, for example, lighting one candle and then dripping wax around trying to light others from it.
Overall, these are a faultless, great product that have save my fingers from being scorched on numerous occasions, and I can highly recommend them.
Before I get into this review I must just tell you a funny story about long matches. Some years ago a group of friends and I used to go on holiday to a remote cottage where there was no electricity, consequently we had a real fire, gas lights and lots of bonfires and bar b ques. One year I was shopping for provisions to take with us and I saw a box of extra length matches which I thought were a brilliant idea - I had never seen them before! In my defence I had no reason to buy matches of any description at the time so this was why I hadn't seen these. I purchased a pack thinking that they would be ideal for the holiday and excitedly told the rest of the group about them - only to be looked at as though I had gone completely mad! Apparently these were not a new product and everyone else had already known about them and bought them! Needless to say I was teased mercilessly about it!
Anyway fast forward a few years to us now living in our own cottage in Wales, which does have electricity I hasten to add, but also has a log burner. Lighting the log burner and getting it to stay alight in the first instance can sometimes be a bit of a pain to say the least so long length matches are a real godsend.
The ones that I buy are the Bryant and May Extra Long Matches which cost 77p at Tesco's for a box containing an average of 45 matches. They come in a bright orange box with the name of the company and the product on the front together with a picture of a flame.
The matches are just the same as any other matches with a wooden handle and a coloured striking end only in this case the match is about nine and a half centimetres long and the end that you strike is blue rather than the more usual red.
The advice on the box is to strike the match away from you but I would have thought that this is pretty obvious as you wouldn't want to set yourself on fire!
The other warning is to keep them out of the way of children - again fairly obvious! I think we all know that children and matches are not a good mix at any time!
I find these matches ideal for lighting our log burner as I usually lay the fire by putting paper on the bottom and kindling on top and using the long matches I can light the paper in various places to really give the fire a good chance to get started. It also means that I can get the fire lit without the match burning down and burning my fingers!
I also find them great for lighting our candles as I can light 7 or 8 candles from the same match.
Of course they are also useful in the summer (if we have one!) to light the bar b que safely.
I even received a couple of packets of these matches as a stocking filler at Christmas (we do like to buy practical presents you see) and at this time of the year the packaging changes from the orange box to a box with a lovely picture of a winter scene on each side. They look really pretty on the hearth.
So there you are a brilliant product which saves me time and effort, reduces the chance of burnt fingers and doesn't cost a fortune. OK so they aren't the new innovation that I thought they were but at least I have everyone a good laugh!
Just before Christmas and launching myself into shopper mode, I happened to find a box of matches that had a lovely Christmas wrapping permanently bonded to the top and base of the box with standard wooden and black topped matches in a box, then wrapped over with a removable stiff acrylic cover to keep them from getting wet. The price for such extravagance was a cruel £3-95 for 30 matches (the White Company have fancy black stemmed matches with white heads for £4-95 and a similar quantity) and I was about to pick them up when a friend of mine stopped me and reminded me of Bryant & May matches, sold in a nearby tobacconist across the street for a mere 45p.
The age old question of using matches these days poses as much a dangerous threat to children and teenagers back in my generation and to now when national TV safety campaigns are still being shown to get the message and warnings across about the dangerous use of matches. It is a valid issue these days, which is why sometimes late in the morning you can still watch dated National safety cartoons shown on terrestrial TV with the kind, mature voice of Richard Briers narrating the story of "Frances The Firefly." As with candles of any nature, you need to have logic and common sense on your side where matches are concerned too.
Compared to the standard short stemmed matches Bryant & May are famous for, their "Extra Long" matches are priced between 60p and 90p depending on stockists. I found mine at the Co-Op since our local tobacconist was sold out, as extra long matches are still very much in demand for pipe smokers. There are around 45 matches per box and measure 9.5cm in length and a thickness of 0.3cm, which is far thicker than the standard pin like matches you can buy today. This makes the match stick easier to grip whilst the flint at the top is coloured in a deep dark blue colouring. In terms of the actual product, Bryant & May sell two varieties - the standard orange box and a special edition "Winter Collection" box that has a fancy picture of various winter scene photographs. In both cases, the box has twin safety strips to ensure the matches don't throw out any sparks when each match is struck. One aspect I have often appreciated about Bryant & May matches is the very little sulphur after smell you'll get each time a match is struck. The odour doesn't last for long unlike some other matches I've tried in the past that take a bit longer to clear in a room - or set off smoke alarms - which in this product's case don't.
The sole reason to why these matches are needed in my experience is to light Yankee Candle scented candles - especially in the small, medium or large glass jars when the wax starts to die down and get increasingly low to the base of the glass. Infact, it is devilishly hard to light a small jar because of the depth and small circumference and unless you have a long stemmed gas lighter that continually has to be filled, I find extra long matches to be far cheaper and cost effective. I have smallish hands but even I have got burnt as I can usually get my hand inside the medium or large jar with no problems - and a lighter to attract the burnt wick with a hope and a prayer that it will light - before the lighter gets too hot and then burns my fingers. With long stemmed matches, you don't have to bother with any of that dangerous procedure and once the match has been blown out, the Bryant & May ones don't sit around with a dangerously hot tip. The beauty of each match length is that you can hold it away from you at any point once the flame catches up and with Bryant & May's better quality seen from the prism like shape of the stems, the flames burn uniformly with no fear of escaping sparks. Being so long in length also means the matchstick can be relit (by a lighter or naked flame) for next time instead of going all through the matches one by one each time you need to light up a candle, thus wasting the stem and in only one use. Yankee Candle made a batch of matches one year which weren't very good and when I tried to relight the burnt tip again, the head simply fell off and they were far more expensive than this product! Bryant & May's Extra Long matches are also ideal for lighting camp stoves, outside BBQ's and gas hobs or ovens if the built in igniter function has shortened out.
If there is one possible justification to keeping those small house warmer scented jars around once all the wax has burnt down and the glass has been washed out, this is it - a spare one that has been washed out makes an ideal holder for flint sticks which is effectively what these used matches are for - close to the candles that I use and with a standard pocket lighter to light up the stick sat inside the glass jar, it makes the whole procedure of lighting up the candle far more effective and instant. Standard matches are next to hopeless as well as dangerous, particularly when some Yankee Candle wicks can take a bit more time to take the flame and by the time the wick has lit successfully you may find you have singed your fingers and have little of the thinner diameter wooden stick left in your hand, or worse, if it falls into the hot wax and is stuck there for eternity before you try and pick it out!
Even if you don't have scented candles that can get difficult to light later on, Bryant & May's Extra Long Matches are worth seeking out. It is a pity that unlike Cook's Matches which come in a wipeable water proof box, the wax like coating on the Bryant & May box isn't wet proof, despite its glossy sides and safer lighting strips on both sides. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
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