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#177926 - 07/28/09 04:21 PM Re: WetFire Tinder - Foil Packets Coming Apart [Re: raptor]
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Call a chemist or cat wrangler.
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#177933 - 07/28/09 05:28 PM Re: WetFire Tinder - Foil Packets Coming Apart [Re: raptor]
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Loc: Spring, Texas
I have been thinking about unwrapping the WetFire cuboid and casting it in wax and then wrapping it again.

I think that would work. If my research is correct the WetFire is powdered magnesium trapped in a cube of thermosetting plastic. Be warned that when you do open the original packaging and start breaking the tinder into smaller chunks whatever magnesium is exposed to the air will quickly be rendered inert. I think you are better off coating the intact cubes with wax rather than breaking them apart.

Also, I would use a fairly flexible wax like the stuff used to coat cheese rather than brittler waxes.

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#177953 - 07/28/09 07:45 PM Re: WetFire Tinder - Foil Packets Coming Apart [Re: Blast]
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Thanks a lot for the info, Blast!

#178812 - 08/06/09 09:54 PM Re: WetFire Tinder - Foil Packets Coming Apart [Re: raptor]
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Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 659
Loc: Orygun
I just looked over each foil packet of replacement tinder that UST sent me recently... I can't find any obvious seam or packaging failures on the individual cubes. smile

When stored in an airtight container (such as a Lock 'n' Lock) the WetFire tinder seems to be offgassing some sort of byproduct. It collects on the wall of the plastic container and leaves a cloudy, slippery film. The smell is definitely of the chemical variety. I'm assuming since the tinder is non-toxic this is nothing to worry about.

This offgassing happened with the original batches of WetFire that had seam failures, and also with this newer batch with no seam failures.

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