Fisher lighter

November 2, 2021

The Fisher lighter also known as the meker lighter , is a very important lighter in the laboratory. On several occasions we have named him. Because when we talk about some other laboratory devices, Fisher’s lighter always comes to light , since it is present in several processes. For example, if we need to sterilize materials in the laboratory, there must be the Fisher lighter or the meker lighter as some call it.

What is the Fisher Lighter?

The Fisher lighter is very safe to use, as it has a long range and great temperature stability. With it, procedures can be performed or developed with great safety. But anyway, before using the lighter it is necessary to be familiar with it, to know how it works. It is important in order to avoid accidents. The manipulation of the lighter must be with caution and great care.

What are lighters?

Lighters are devices that create fire from fuel or gas. Within a laboratory, lighters have different functions that range from heating, producing combustion between two or more reagents or solutions, and sterilizing.

What are the lighters that we find in a laboratory?

The lighters that we are going to find in the laboratory are the Bunsen burner , the Fisher burner , the teclu burner and the Alcohol Burner . These lighters look similar, but in reality they are not. Each one has been conceived to fulfill specific functions.

Fisher’s Lighter

The Fisher lighter has a vertical tube which has a base with which we can connect it to the gas inlet and that same base also serves as a support. It has two ways to regulate the fire, and we do it using a key that allows gas access. On the other hand, the lighter needs the entry of oxygen and it does so through holes in the tube (two holes), with a ring or mobile ring that is used to control the passage of O2.

The Fisher burner has a structure very similar to that of the Bunsen burner. But they have a difference and it is reflected in the head of the lighter, Fisher’s has a sieve plate. This plate is metallic and has holes that cover the entire surface, as if it were a mesh.

What are the functions of the Fisher Lighter?

Although we said that the  Fisher lighter has a great similarity with the Bunsen lighter, it should be noted that this lighter is totally different in its functions. This lighter has specific utilities. The sieve plate that contains the lighter in the head, substantially changes the results obtained. The vital difference is that with the Fisher lighter you can get several flames, thanks to the holes in the sieve plate.

By having several flames, the heat is distributed in a much more uniform way and with this a much more uniform temperature is achieved as well. This is a unique quality of the Fisher lighter . Wider flame, capable of covering volumes greater than those covered with a Bunsen burner, or any other.

What are the uses of the Fisher Lighter?

The Fisher lighter has qualities that make it unique, to fulfill its functions. These are functions that cannot be performed with another type of lighter. The Fisher lighter has been specially designed for those procedures that require a much more uniform flame.

The Fisher lighter is used in microbiological cultures, a method that is used very frequently in biological areas and studies. In itself it is a question of making the bacteria multiply in order to proceed to the study of them. It is also used to sterilize laboratory surfaces and items from microbes and bacteria. To perform the sterilization it is essential to apply the flame.

How many types of Fisher Lighters do we find?

In fact, we are going to find a great variety of fisher lighters , because in reality there are not. But if we can find a characteristic that among them, between the meker or fisher lighters they have different. There are them with different types of plates. But in themselves all of them are designed to fulfill the same functions. Which in turn are different from the functions that other lighters fulfill.

Among the changes we found between Fisher’s lighter and the others. There are the size of the burner that is usually larger in this lighter and the size of the tube, which is also larger.

Fisher’s Lighter Main Features

The Fischer lighter is quite easy and safe to use, especially for those who already have the experience working in a laboratory and have used other lighters. This will be much more practical and comfortable. Although undoubtedly knowing well what the characteristics of the lighter are, it will help you better understand its operation and you will be able to make optimal use of it.

The material with which this lighter is made is chromed brass, aluminum and zinc. The burner is 30mm in diameter, although in some it can vary. The temperature that the Fischer burner reaches is between 1200 degrees Celsius. The flame is wide and quite open which allows a uniform temperature and heat. It has keys to regulate gas and air. The fuel you use is natural gas, but you can also use alcohol.

The burner Fisher can reach 15 thousand joule temperature. This means that it is one of the lighters that reaches the lowest temperature. But, although its temperature is somewhat lower, the extension of the burner allows the lighter to distribute the heat, much better than any of the other lighters.

Anyone using the Fisher Lighter should keep in mind that they have to control the heat and air valves. In order to achieve and regulate the intensity of the heat.

Final conclusion

The Fisher lighter is very important in the laboratory. Its importance is due to the fact that it is used to be able to sterilize other instruments in the laboratory. The sterilization process requires high temperatures, thereby removing microbes and bacteria from surfaces and instruments. But in addition, the lighter removes any trace of substances that have been in contact with the instruments or laboratory surfaces.

Without the Fisher lighter , it could not be sterilized or a proper and safe sterilization could not be done. Therefore, many of the items would have to be discarded and not reused. The sterilization that is carried out with the lighter eliminates all kinds of risk for the people who work in the laboratory.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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