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#290610 - 09/19/18 03:43 AM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: clearwater]
acropolis5 Offline
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Doug.. Phaedrus, et al, thanx for the advice. My city and my hiking EDC kits have yellow mini-Bics with a “collar” of a few wraps of electrical tape under the “ trigger”, to prevent accidental discharge. I also have a vial of hurricane matches + strikers, Unico, I think. I don’t always have a ferro rod. Maybe I should?

Currently my city kit also contains one of the small boxes of Diamond (mini) strike anywhere matches, wrapped in Saran Wrap. They seem to work , in good conditions anyway, for friends who have a need to light-up or burn rope ends, etc. My consideration of paper matches was the thought of putting some + a striker, not a whole pack, in my wallet, to back up my daily pocketed mini-Bic.

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#290626 - 09/20/18 12:55 AM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: acropolis5]
dougwalkabout Offline
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I hadn't thought of paper matches in a wallet. Since each matchbook is two "sheets" of matches stapled together, it's easy (and free) to try. I would be interested to see how the heads hold up when squeezed all the time -- would the material wear off? An interesting experiment!

As for ferro rods, they're useful and fun to use. (Also they impress youngsters -- he made fire without matches!) But there are situations, in my experience anyway, where an actual flame is the only way to force damp natural kindling to burn. So, I still think of it as a backup with strengths and weaknesses.

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#290628 - 09/20/18 02:36 AM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: dougwalkabout]
Montanero Online   content
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Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
As for ferro rods, they're useful and fun to use. (Also they impress youngsters -- he made fire without matches!) But there are situations, in my experience anyway, where an actual flame is the only way to force damp natural kindling to burn. So, I still think of it as a backup with strengths and weaknesses.


Ferro rods require good tinder. If you can't make it from available materials then you must carry it.

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#290633 - 09/20/18 04:15 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: Montanero]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Montanero
Ferro rods require good tinder. If you can't make it from available materials then you must carry it.

Agreed. I have always packed a candle stub, though, so I thought "no chance" with a ferro rod. But YouTube claims it will work if you scrape off the wax and feather the wick. I need to try this.

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#290636 - 09/20/18 05:04 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
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Loc: southern Cal
You can also increase your odds with a bit of alcohol based hand sanitizer/accelerant (Purell is a common brand). it can be obtained in very small bottles.
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#290637 - 09/20/18 05:11 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: hikermor]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Emerald City, OZ
Originally Posted By: hikermor
You can also increase your odds with a bit of alcohol based hand sanitizer/accelerant (Purell is a common brand). it can be obtained in very small bottles.

Good to know. I EDC Medline hand sanitizer.

Jeanette Isabelle
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