One day last month, when we were using our oven, Smiley was talking with us about numbers and temperature. He asked how hot was a candle, and the stove downstairs burning firewood?
The numbers were a lot bigger than I expected. Candle flames are about 1,800 °F and the flames in a wood stove get to be 2,700 °F. The catch is that these are flame temperatures. The air around the fire is much cooler.