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DIY Waterproof Matches

Ever wish you had waterproof matches, need them in a hurry for a last minute camping trip? Well, this is simple, yet effective way of making waterproof matches for your survival kit or lighting a campfire.

Materials: Candle, and a  few matches

Light your candle
 
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Step 1: "waxing"

Dip your match heads inside the melted wax, making sure to have the matchhead fully covered. Wait for the wax to dry and your done. To light the matches scrape off a bit of wax and Strike It.

Step 2: STRIKE IT

Scrape of some wax and strike it the scratchpad or sidewalk
bennyb12 years ago
The one's I find are all strike on the box-no strike anywhere. The problem with that is just that-if the striker plate gets wet, it won't strike. The sulpher tip was taken away because people were using them in making meth-red sulpher. But as far as wax, that's great. I've done that for years, and it works great. Good tip.
bennyb12 years ago
I'm just curious about where you got the matches. I've been looking everywhere, and all I can find are the 'strike on box' matches. Seems like they think we're all out to make meth, so took the 'strike anywhere' matches away from us all.
bobthebuilder728 (author)  bennyb12 years ago
i just got them from the grocery store...
danfolkes2 years ago
Very good tip!
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