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(also sulfur candle)
A candle containing sulphur, burnt to produce sulphur dioxide for fumigation.
- They also introduced the French to the stabilizing effects of sulphur candles (known in French as allumettes hollandaises for many years), and encouraged the production of distilled liquors, based on both grain and grape.
- In ancient times sulphur candles were burned in the barrels to allow the fumes to sterilise them.
- Later, barrels in Bordeaux were routinely sterilised by having sulphur candles burned in them.
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