Flame – BLUE or RED?

I told Ethan once that fire is red, yellow or even orange in colour.  He colours  any picture of flames with those shades since then.

Today, while I was cooking he saw the flame on the gas stove and asked me…

Ethan: Mummy, why is the fire blue?

Me: Yes, yes..

(Sometimes I’m like that. When I’m concentrating on something and he asks me a question I’ll just nod and say YES no matter what the question is!) >_<

Ethan: MUMMY! Why is the fire BLUE?!

Me: Huh, what? *looking at the flame on the gas stove* Yeah hor! Why is the fire BLUE?!!

(Only today I realised that the flame on the gas stove is BLUE! *palm face*)

YIKES! Why ah?!


A blue flame is normally a result of complete combustion where there is enough oxygen.

A blue flame contains lots of oxygen compared to the yellow flame.. blah blah blah… 

Now I recalled Science period in the lab where we used to play with the ‘Penunu Bunsen’.

I used to love adjusting the collar to see how it changes the flame then but as I left school I became more and more bodohs. Today, I don’t even realise the flame on the gas stove is blue until Ethan pointed it out to me..

By the way, I still have not answered Ethan why it is blue and guess what he asked me to do? He said…. “Google for the answer-lah!”

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    ahhh i miss studying this back in my secondary school :)

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    Wah! Ethan so clever ask you to google for the answer! Haha!! Eh, you passed or failed your Science last time ah? : D

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    There!!! Some parents do more harm than good – teach the wrong things. Nasib the son himself is clever. Muahahahahaha!!!!

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    such clever boy..

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    Ethan is smart.. he knows Google has the answer for everything! hehehe

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    aiyoh, you can still recall that from your science class ah, i also can't remember my teacher taught us that, haha!! but i know different gas burns with different color, just dunno which color is which lor.. aiyoh, i like Ethan, asking his mom to google for the answer, at least he hasn't learn the word RTFM yet~~ :D

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    One thing you are good, you will google for tha answer. If my girls were to ask me, I will say sorry, mummy didn't learn this from school, may be you will learn it next time.

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    I;ve also noticed the flame at the gas stove are blue but I don;t remember what the teacher taught before. hehe…..

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    I also dont know! So u finally google for the answer… :)

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    Mr google make everyone force to used them.. haha…

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    Very clever boy. Next time you can ask him to go Google it himself.

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    My boy too, cannot take NO as the answer but instead ask me to consult Mr G.. Hahaha..

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    My boy too, will not take NO as the answer but instead ask me to consult Mr G.. Hahaha..

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    Lol, we can't live without Google now~

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    Yeah.,. Google definitely know the answer.. ha ha ha.. it's the magic of burning that will determine what colour will the fire be.. ^_^.v..

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    Google knows EVERYTHING! ;)

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    Blue? Ok…

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    LOL…Ethan is so smart..ask you to google for the answer. :P

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    wah..u can even remember PENUNU BUNSEN!! I deleted everything from my memory the moment i step out from school.

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    Hey, penunu bunsen was my favourite word back then. LOL. Although I was not a mad scientist. Anyway, smart Ethan ah. Next time u just google senyap-senyap then tell him the answer later so he'll think you're so smart lor. Can ah? hehe.

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    Good advice, google la.. :)

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    Hehe… I like whn he said, "Google for answer lar!" Smart Ethan

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