A Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment. It is commonly used for heating chemical substances, sterilization, and combustion. It works by burning flammable gas. It is named after Robert Wilhelm Bunsen. Bunsen was a German chemist. Bunsen did not invent the burner, he made it better. Originally, Michael Faraday developed the Bunsen burner. A Bunsen burner has different types of flames, with each having a different colour. Bunsen burners can be very hot.