How To Make Water Proof Matches

How To Make Water Proof Matches

How To Make Water Proof Matches – Materials Needed

“How To Make Water Proof Matches” Materials:How To Make Water Proof Matches - Materials
  1. Wooden Matches ($1 for three 300 count box-strike matches from Dollar General)
  2. Candles ($1 bag of cast offs from the thrift store)
  3. Small Pot (preferably not one used for cooking)
  4. Tin Can (large tuna/chicken can, free)
  5. Stove, or some other cooking heat source (free)

How To Make Water Proof Matches – Instructions

1) Fill the pot with about 3/4 inches of water. Take the candle and put them in the tin can, and place it in the pot. Put the put on the stove and turn on to medium heat. Allow the water to heat up to a point right before it starts boiling, in order to melt the candles. How To Make Water Proof Matches - Step 1
2) Once the candles have melted, take the matches and dip them head down in to the wax. The wax should cover about 1/2 the match. How To Make Water Proof Matches - Step 2
3) Stick the dipped match in to the Styrofoam, and allow the wax to cool down.4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, until each match has a good coating. How To Make Water Proof Matches - Step 3

How To Make Water Proof Matches- Use and Storage

How To Make Water Proof Matches - Storage Use – Now that you have learned how  to make water proof matches, to use them, simply take your finger nail and scrape the wax from the tip of the match head. Strike the match on an appropriate surface to light.Storage: Store your with your fire making kit, or some other easily accessible place. Mine (seen at the left) are wrapped in tin foil and are part of my fire making kit.

Andrew’s Note:  The same process works with Strike Anywhere Matches or turn your strike on the box matches into Strike Anywhere Matches using this technique.  As one who’s been out in the wild with strike on box matches and a disintigrating box consider the more versatile but much harder to find and slightly more expensive Strike Anywhere Matches if possible.

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