Introduction: Easy Match Fuse

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A very easy fuse using matches

Step 1: Materials

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Stuff you need

(4) Match books (I use them because they're cheep)
(1) small pan

Step 2: Match Heads

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Cut off the match heads with the scissors

Step 3: Boil

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Put the match heads in a little water and simmer stirring with a toothpick

Step 4: String

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Run the string though the match soup to coat and lay on the wax paper

Step 5: Dry

Let the string dry simple

Step 6: Have Fun

This fuse burns super slow like 1in a minute

Step 7: Faster Fuse

For a faster fuse you can coat the fuse (when dry) with testors model glue let dry then light


tecHnOtrOniCs_09 (author)2013-11-04

does any string workzzz and matches

tecHnOtrOniCs_09 (author)2013-11-04

does any string workzz???

mikeasaurus (author)2008-01-28

If you're going to use a gas burner, don't forget to make sure it's on an EXTREMELY low setting to avoid a potential flare up. Another (safer) option woul dbe an electric burner as there is no naked flame. The same applies though, low low LOW heat. Remember: You're not cooking, your just melting! Be safe everyone! Good instructable.

Aar000n3y (author)mikeasaurus2008-01-28

Would a flare up of the matches really be that big of a danger since they're in water?

mikeasaurus (author)Aar000n3y2008-01-28

Would you really want to chance it?

Aar000n3y (author)mikeasaurus2008-01-28

Yeah. They're match heads. It wouldn't be that big of a deal unless you're dumb enough to put something very flammable above the stove.

czenob (author)Aar000n3y2008-06-27

hey man i put ALCHOHOL on the stove LOL

Johan8335 (author)czenob2010-07-10

I used White Vinegar for Black powder maybe this will work on soaking/Simmering the match heads? It evaporates FAST

grimstoner1 (author)Aar000n3y2008-03-27

i wouldnt sugest saying that to czenob great intructable

czenob (author)grimstoner12008-06-27


czenob (author)mikeasaurus2008-01-29

This won't flare up because it is in fact n WATER sorry I did have a flare up once but i used alcohol in stead of water Thanks for the comments

mitchell931993 (author)czenob2008-04-19

Why the hell would you use booze everyone knows it lights on fire

czenob (author)mitchell9319932008-06-27

It's not booze really because id love to see someone drink rubbing alchohol

codongolev (author)czenob2009-08-17

sometimes people drink mouthwash when they're an alcoholic with nothing else to drink. it's still alcohol, and they go through withdraw without it.

tyty100 (author)czenob2008-06-25

is alcohol better maybe making it a more rapid flame?

czenob (author)tyty1002008-06-27

The alchohol i tried in the burner was so i wouldn't have to wait as long for the fuse to dry BAAAAAAD idea the alchohol lit on fire so i put the lid on and let it burn out. As i said in the instructable testors modle glue works great for a flame alchohol would just evaporate. If i understood your comment right you wanted to put it on the outside?

tyty100 (author)czenob2008-06-27

no not on the outside then it would burn extremely fast

czenob (author)tyty1002008-09-10

oh ok then you wanted to use the alcohol in place of the water right? thats what I was talking about

batman96 (author)mikeasaurus2008-09-09

i just soak string in tiki torch fuel works good but burns faster

Johan8335 (author)2010-07-10

I used White Vinegar for Black powder maybe this will work on soaking/Simmering the match heads? It evaporates FAST and NOT flameble

knex_mepalm (author)2010-02-18

Melt viagra on top ( seriously) it burns like death coming on to you.

Anyway, paper tissues make good fueses in most conditions and I made on to my home made firecracker made from matches and more matches...yay matches are fun!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-28

Or you can just use the matches to light whatever you want to use. Pretty cool still.

Perfect Sky (author)GorillazMiko2009-11-21


Dantex (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-15

point of fuses is when you light em they burn some time so you can hide or run

El Mano (author)2009-01-16

a) Is this a fuse you could store, say on a wooden spool or a stick without deteriorating, leaving match-chemicals everywhere, or spontaneously bursting into flame? b) I read an -ible on a fused match rocket that made a fuse like this. The author said that the "matchhead soup" smells awful when simmering. Is this true? I don't want my house smelling like who-knows-what.

El Mano (author)El Mano2009-01-19

I hate to double-post, but I forgot to ask: it makes sense that the more match-material on the string, the faster the fuse will burn. How much water and how many matchheads will I need per foot of string to make a fuse that will burn at one-to-two inches a minute?

Perfect Sky (author)El Mano2009-11-21

because of the density, it should burn slower. like how a log will burn slower than a pine needle. if you soak it in yarn, i dont even know.

czenob (author)El Mano2009-01-24

this is for both posts Yes you can Store it for a while w/out it spontaneously combusting Smells slightly of sulfur but most stoves/ranges have a fan system like mine and that worked very well The water matchhead ratio doesn't matter The water should evaporate after about a day of drying

555mst555 (author)2009-09-12

must i simmer it?......can i just leaeve the matches in the water un til everything comes off?

czenob (author)555mst5552009-09-14

actually i never thought about that. I only simmered it because it is way faster. I really don't think it matters.

555mst555 (author)czenob2009-09-15

hey....wait.....i'm not sure why i scraped all the stuff off the match heads.....but now it's in powder-ish form......and i think it would dissolve faster.......... oh ya....i remembered why i scraped it......coz i was using wooden matches....and the pile looked ugly to

Artanus (author)2009-07-01

Cool, I'll be sure to try this. I'v got big plans, involving low cost fuses.

ottboy87 (author)2009-06-04

why dont you boil the match heads outside on a grill or bon fire so it doesnt stink in the house?

czenob (author)ottboy872009-06-04

sounds good, but I made this instructable in the winter

frikkie (author)2008-12-24

you can also of coures shorten the fuse lenght to make it a faster fuse.Except if it like burns one inch a minute.Just idea that came up. But i defnetly gona try this.

agent harmsy (author)2008-11-29

Hi. I just got like 30 packets of paper matches from a garage sale, and I was wondering if this might work as an easy way of extracting the phosphorous off the heads? I was thinking I would put a bunch in, cook 'em for a bit, then remove the heads and let the 'soup' dry. I just don't wanna waste all the matches, have you tried anything like what I'm saying? Cheers.

It isnt phosphorous, its potassium chlorate. they discontinued use of white phosphorous a while ago due to phossy jaw and other phosphorous related diseases, and the reaction that the phosphorous had was pretty violent. Red phosphorous is used in the striker strips though.

Oh... well it still goes fizz when you burn it lol. I wonder if it would work for 'crippled' flash powder? I know its not perchlorate... but still?

ive tried mixing the potassium chlorate with everything and the only thing that i got a good reaction out of was 7 parts KClO3 to three parts powdered sugar. That made an excellent rocket. there was also the armstrongs mixture but if you want that, then pm me, becasue its waaaay to powerful, i almost lost my hand becasue i put less than 3 milligrams into a tube.

czenob (author)agent harmsy2008-11-30

Pretty much the same thing I did I would think

SnakeFang217 (author)2008-02-04

Can you use any kind of mstches.

czenob (author)SnakeFang2172008-09-10

yes i just used book matches because they are cheap and easy to cut

Aar000n3y (author)2008-05-01

Are you trying to act like a hippie?

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