Introduction: Redneck Survival Match

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This instructable was created years ago when I was much younger. I do not recommend making these for a survival situation as they do not hold a flame all that well and destroy the ozone layer due to the chemicals released from burning duct tape. I wish I could unpublish this.

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!

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