Watch: How to Make Waterproof Matches
Russ Chastain 02.27.17
Finally, a how-to video that’s professionally made and offers good info, delivered in a reasonable way.
In just a shade above 4 minutes, this one tells us how to transform strike-anywhere matches into waterproof matches that will burn for one heck of a long time after you strike one.
I’m talkin’ about a match that can burn for six, seven, sometimes eight minutes, giving you plenty of time to start a fire to save your life… or just to cook a hot dog.
You’ll need these things:
- Paraffin wax
- Strike-anywhere matches
- Straight pins
- Flammable twine (pink chenille recommended)
- Double boiler to melt the wax (he simply uses two cooking pots)
The twine or chenille acts as a vehicle for the wax, which also serves to waterproof the finished product. Once the match is ignited, the wax in the twine burns for a good long time.
A pretty cool way to make sure you can stay warm.
A life-giving match — in rain, snow, sleet, or hail.