Stormproof survival matches light in awful weather


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My wife got this for me as a stocking stuffer. The o-ring that is supposed to seal the cap to keep out the elements is shite. Kinda defeats the whole purpose.


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It’s difficult not to overtighten it, and once it’s overtightened once, it’s unreliable forever.

These matches really will light in very bad conditions, but they burn differently than a standard wooden match. The wood on these doesn’t ignite; just the coating. It burns from the end to the back like a fuse, so that you have to pass the match sideways past your tinder to keep the flame in contact.

For fire starting in bad weather, I prefer Spark-Lites. It’s a little hand-held sparker that you can use one-handed, and includes TinderQuik tabs that burn steadily for approximately one minute (although some people can get them to burn as long as 4 minutes in perfect conditions). You can also buy bulk TinderQuik tabs. I think of them as match replacements.


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