You may have already heard about using wax to create your own waterproof matches. Here’s a related idea that I like — using broken pieces of crayon to do the same thing on strike-anywhere wooden matches. The process couldn’t be easier:
Fire up your lighter, and hold the tip of the crayon next to the flame. Rotate the crayon constantly, so as not to burn it. Let the melted crayon drip onto the match heads. It should cover all of the head, and about a 1/4″ of the stick. Once a small puddle of crayon wax has gathered around the head of the match, pick up the match and roll it in the melted crayon. This is to ensure that the entire tip is covered in crayon wax. Remove the match from the puddle before it dries.
One advantage to this method over conventional wax sealing is that you do not have to remove the wax before using. You can strike the match as normal and it will allegedly ignite. I haven’t actually tried it. If you have or do after reading this, I’d love to hear your experience.
When I was a teen, my friends and I were seriously into camping. I had a giant tree farm across the street from my house and we would go camping in it nearly every weekend. I always carried a little tube of commercial waterproof matches and they came to my rescue on more than one rain-soaked camping trip. It’s great to think that brewing up a batch of matches yourself could be this easy (and nearly cost-free).
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Add a small pack of Birth Day cake candles to your fire kit, then it only takes one match, great tinder.
So you write this story then end by saying you didn’t actually try it. Would it have killed you to actually test it before writing the story?
Exactly what I was going to comment! Could’ve done it with a candle, didn’t even have to go outside to try it. duh Well, at least I know making them with candle wax works, because I’ve made them AND used them plenty!!
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MAKE, you seriously published a how-to article that the author admits he has NEVER verified?
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