The Flame could travel through any fire known to man, from blazing buildings to burning logs. The heat never bothered him. As smoking seemed the recreational activity of choice in New York, he made sure to keep a pipe on hand to explain any lingering odor after his adventures. Few noticed or cared.
The biggest problem he faced were matches. Far easier to find than other sources of fire, they were fickle: a head that sparked and sputtered could turn a dramatic entrance into an embarrassing fall or even a wretched, painful defeat.