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50 x Sulphur or Brimstone Spills (These are NOT striking matches)

50 x Sulphur or Brimstone Spills (These are NOT striking matches)

Regular price £4.99 GBP
Regular price Sale price £4.99 GBP
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These are NOT striking matches

  • These Sulphur or Brimstone spills have been dipped into sulphur at both ends so they can be used twice!
  • There are 25 spills in each bundle, so being able to use both ends will give you 100 lights!
  • These are not striking matches.
  • These spills are used to get light from a glowing ember such as char-cloth (See pictures), and as such are useful in lighting candles.
  • Simply placing the tip of the spill against a glowing ember will cause it to light with a blue flame, but is difficult to see when only the sulphur is burning.
  • You can often be sure it is alight as the sulphur may drip, and bubble and you will be able to smell its pungent fumes. Sulphur, or Brimstone, spills cannot be accidentally ignited by friction and need over 400 degrees C of heat to ignite.
  • It is believed that sulphur or Brimstone Spills spills have been in use for thousands of years. Before the invention of the friction match, in 1827, sulphur splints were used by most people. This type of splint was often kept in a traditional tinderbox.
  • Beware that when only the sulphur is lit it can be very hard to see, but the sulphur does begin to bubble as in the middle picture above, it may also drip burning sulphur. Only when the wood of the spill lights is the flame more easily visible (See pictures).


This sale is for 2 bundles of spills making 50 spills in total.

These spills are handmade so each one will be slightly different as in the pictures.

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