Waterproof matches

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    tigger2
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    I don’t think this has been covered. A fire may be the factor in you surviving a cold night. It can also alert rescuers to your location if you are lost. Waterproof matches are not cheap. I make my own. I like to use what is handy. That way, I don’t have to go buy something. In my case, I had a can of varnish. That is what I used. It was slow and tedious but it worked really well. I used an empty vienna sausage can to hold the varnish. I used a pair of hemostats to dip the matches into the varnish. You can only dip one at a time.
    You try to dip the match into the varnish up to the last 1/4 of an inch. I used a second pair of hemostats to grab the match in the middle. I then used an empty plastic ammo tray to stand the match up in. You can do 50 at a time. Then you have to let them sit over night to dry. MAKE sure you get the large strike anywhere matches. I stored the matches in small empty medicine bottles. I could get about 50 in each bottle. They worked far better than I could ever hope. I put several in a bowl of water and left them over night. The next morning I got them out and dried them off and they struck easily. I then cut the strike pad off the box and cut it up into squares about the size of the medicine bottle. I glued each square to the top of a bottle. I did about 8 large boxes of matches. I had just had my surgery and could not do much so I took that time to make the matches. There are several ways to make waterproof matches. This is just how I did it. Here is a good article.

    Make Waterproof Matches

    Waterproof matches are generally expensive to buy. But you can make your own for only a fraction of the price. Listed below are a number of effective & proven ways to make waterproof matches that you can use when camping, backpacking, or in an emergency.

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    From Safest to least Safest Methods

    All the below methods involve some risk. If you are a minor, do not carry out any of these activities, without the permission of a competent adult supervisor. The list is ranked from safest to least safest. .

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    Method 1: Use Turpentine

    The BEST & SAFEST Method is to use Turpentine. (Turpentine has a higher “flash point” relative to Acetone, which commonly used in Nail Polish. Nor does it involve the use of flame as is needed in the Wax or Paraffin methods.)
    Pour 2 to 3 large tablespoons of Turpentine into a small (Tumbler sized) glass.
    Place the matches, (Head down) into the Turpentine and allow the matches to soak for 5 minutes. During that time the turpentine will soak into the head as well as the stem. All the water will be driven off by the turpentine.
    Remove the matches and spread them out to dry out on a sheet of newspaper. Generally, 20 minutes for excess turpentine to be evaporated is recommended. Matches treated in this way remain waterproof for several months or longer.

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    Method 2: Use Nail Polish
    Dip the head end of the match into clear nail polish far enough to cover at least an eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) of the stick below the head.
    Hold the match for a few seconds to allow the polish to dry and then place the match on a table or counter so that the head is suspended off the edge of the surface.
    Place a sheet of newsprint below to catch anything that may drip off.

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    Method 3: Use a Candle
    Light a candle and let it burn down until you have a good amount of liquid wax (about a half of an inch or 1 centimeter).
    Extinguish the candle.
    Dip the head end of the match into the wax far enough to cover at least an eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) of the stick below the head.
    Hold the match for a few seconds to allow the wax to harden slightly and then place the match on a table or counter so that the head is suspended off the edge of the surface.
    When the wax has cooled, but not completely hardened, pinch the end of the wax coating (towards the stick), forming a tight seal.

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    Method 4: Using Paraffin Wax
    Melt enough paraffin wax in a double boiler to be able to coat with wax about a half of an inch (1 centimeter) deep.
    Wrap some twine or jute string around several matches from the bottom, to just below the wax quickly. This makes a torch that can burn for 10 or more minutes.

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    Tips
    Turpentine has a relatively high “flash point” in comparison to Nail polish, therefore it is the safest to use. Mineral Turpentine, Pine, or Citrus turpentine all have the same waterproofing capacity.
    Turpentine effectively displaces all hygroscopically absorbed moisture content. So any wood stemmed matches (regardless of age) can be used.
    Do not use a plastic cup to sit turpentine in, as it may be melted by the chemical itself.
    Decant the remainder of the unused Turpentine back into the original container.
    Do not drink from the glass that you used to soak the matches.
    If you don’t use strike-anywhere matches, be sure to store a striking surface with your matches.
    This should be done soon after buying the matches so that the matches don’t pick up too much moisture from the air.
    Even though the matches will be waterproof, it is a good idea to store your finished matches & stiriker patch in a waterproof container, such as a small 35 mm ffilm container, or any other sealable & waterproof canister.
    The Nail Polish method is more volatile than Turpentine, but is better than wax that can more easily break or be scratched.
    The candle method works best with wood stemmed matches. Do NOT USE with Plasticed or Waxed stems.
    When using either of the wax methods, work as quickly as you can while still being safe so the wax doesn’t harden.
    If you do not have a double boiler, you can melt the paraffin wax using a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. You can also melt the wax in a pan on low heat, but this increases the chance of causing a fire.
    The matches may also be completely covered with the wax to make sure water can’t migrate up the matchstick.
    Warnings
    Turpentine is poisonous if swallowed. or inhaled intensely over a period of time.
    Always use caution when working with fire.
    Wax in its liquid state is very hot and may cause severe burns. It may also catch fire.
    Nail polish (and wax) can stain fabric and surfaces, so it is a good idea to cover your work surface in newspaper. Nail Polish is also highly flamable. Nail Polish is also a known carcinogenic substance.
    Paraffin wax is incredibly hard to remove from a pan. Use an old pan/double boiler or purchase one second-hand for this purpose. Alternately, use an old coffee can or #10 tin can set in a pot of water. Paraffin Wax is also highly reactive in the presence of introduced water droplets.

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    Things You’ll Need
    Sturdy wooden matches (preferably the strike-anywhere sort)
    Candles, Paraffin Wax, Nail Polish or Turpentine.
    A saucepan or double boiler
    Tongs or fork to dip matches into wax
    Newspaper or other table covering
    Small glass tumbler.
    Fire extinguisher or fire rug.
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