Home smart Match stick starts burning on rubbing it on the side of the matchbox because the heat produced by friction heats the chemical at the head of the matchstick to their ignition temperature and makes it catch fire. Matchstick is a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches. Simply, A match is a tool for starting a fire. Typically, matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by friction generated by striking the match against a suitable surface. Home smart Match sticks are very useful when you want to start a fire to light up a candle, to burn paper and etc. These Strike Anywhere Matches are great for use in reusable matchboxes because you don't need the box to strike against!