Introduction: The Ultimate Survival Match
Here is a simple matchstick that will burn longer and brighter than the standard. In a survival situation this is helpful because then you have longer time to kindle a fire and it will be easier because of the bigger flame (something you can't get from a match-head covered in wax).
Step 1: Materials
-knife or scissors
-matches (duh) water-proofed strike anywhere matches are best
-paperclip (mine is already straightened)
-gorilla duct tape mine is in the to-go kind it's width is 1 inch
Step 2: Cut
-Cut a half inch strip
-Cut a 2 inch strip
Step 3: Roll
Roll the 1/2" X 1" strip around the match and the straightened paperclip about half an inch from the tip of the head.
Step 4: Take Paperclip Out
Pull the paperclip out. Be careful not to disassemble the tape from the matchstick.
Step 5: Wrap and Finished
Stick the match down as shown in the first pic then wrap the side up so that an oddly shaped cone will start to form. Wrap the other side around the rest of the way. Try to provide a little bit of room for air in between the tape and the matchstick itself. This will provide some air to the flame.
To light strike the match and hold the head at a downward angle so that the gorilla tape will catch flame.
Step 6: What Not to Do
I found testing this was a little difficult as it was blowing outdoors at 11 mph so getting wind-cover was a struggle, and the matches I initially used are years old I don't know if that has anything to do with my struggle. I found another box that worked better. I could smell the sulfur off of this box compared to the previous box, which had little odor.
I found that standard duct tape does not work as well because it does not have a lot of adhesive. The adhesive is the flammable part of the duct tape. Duck brand duct tape lights quickly but doesn't last as long.
I also discovered that even lighting a rolled tube of gorilla tape will burn for 2+ minutes. Lesson learned: gorilla duct tape has many uses for survival!
Thanks for reading!