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Offline PetrifiedWood

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A backup plan for matches in the wind
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:55:45 PM »
This is a simple way to help ensure you get the most from your matches. It requires a little preparation beforehand, but it can really take the pressure off if you only have one match to work with. Best of all, this works well in windy conditions that would blow out a match almost immediately.


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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 02:20:26 PM »
Thanks for the video!  I have actually tried this!  Great minds think a like.......... 8)
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 02:23:06 PM »
Yep, it so simple, but sometimes these simple tricks are easy to overlook. 

You could probably do the same by wadding up a tinder bundle around the match stick before striking.

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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 02:32:16 PM »
Nice tip, thanks for the idea! Now I have to try this during torrential downpour!

Hey, just curious, what does a 'stormproof' match do in front of the fan?  I've never used one in heavy wind...
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 02:37:17 PM »
Nice tip, thanks for the idea! Now I have to try this during torrential downpour!

Hey, just curious, what does a 'stormproof' match do in front of the fan?  I've never used one in heavy wind...

I haven't tried one in front of the fan. I've used the "waterproof" matches that have the coating going halfway down the match head. They work well and burn for several seconds, providing they are fresh. 

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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 02:47:50 PM »
Hmm, I'll have to give it a whirl and see.  I've been moderately impressed with REI's stormproof matches when I've used 'em.  I just like using a ferro rod so much, it's pretty much my go-to unless I'm feeling lazy enough to use a bic.
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 02:53:45 PM »
Hmm, I'll have to give it a whirl and see.  I've been moderately impressed with REI's stormproof matches when I've used 'em.  I just like using a ferro rod so much, it's pretty much my go-to unless I'm feeling lazy enough to use a bic.

Yep, ferro rod is my default method. But I like to use flint and steel just for the nostalgia of it. There was a time last year where I had an awful time of it getting a ferro rod to catch in fluffed up juniper bark. I didn't understand this, because usually the juniper bark makes great tinder and often takes off on the first strike. But this particular nest of bark just wouldn't light for nothing. I live in a desert, and it was dry as a bone and it still didn't take.

On the other hand, a few months before some bark collected from a different juniper while there was snow on the ground lit right up on the second strike. The only difference I can see is that the stuff that wouldn't light was collected from an exposed root in a dry wash, while the stuff that worked was collected from the trunk of a different tree.

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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 04:00:14 PM »
Thanks for the vid, that's cool PW!  I've not seen that before.

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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 09:33:36 PM »
cool vid, and a great idea as well :) char cloth is wayyyy cheaper than those wind proof matches :P
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 10:25:12 PM »
Nice video great tip. I like the re-loading kit! Got the same one.
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 08:46:29 AM »
Yep, it so simple, but sometimes these simple tricks are easy to overlook. 

You could probably do the same by wadding up a tinder bundle around the match stick before striking.

You are exactly right.  Some times the simplest solutions go unnoticed. 

I never thought of lighting a match with a tinder bundle around it.  Again, such an easy solution that I never thought of it.
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Re: A backup plan for matches in the wind
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2012, 08:57:31 AM »
Very nice idea. Thanks for sharing it with the bonus addition of video.
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