Product Type: Bryant & May in Homeware
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I don't need to be worried about burnt fingers with these!
Bryant & May Extra Long Matches
Member Name: ms_123
Bryant & May Extra Long Matches
Advantages: extra length means no more burnt fingers, good quality matches
Disadvantages: none for me
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.
Summary: I'm not nervous when lighting matches now