A bug out bag wouldn't be complete without fire starter supplies and having waterproof matches is indeed an essential addition to your gears. Find out the three easy methods on how you can make your own waterproof matches!
How to Make Waterproof Matches That Are Reliable In The Outdoors
Ordinary matches don't mix well with wet conditions and being in the outdoors, there's a strong possibility you will encounter such circumstances every now and then. You slip and fall into a puddle getting your backpack wet, your tackle box gets knocked into the water by a big fish you pulled in, etc. Fortunately, there is a simple solution and that is having waterproof matches. You can buy matches that are water-resistant, but it can be expensive. Good thing, there are simple ways to make your own homemade waterproof matches that wouldn't take much of your time and won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Using turpentine is the quickest, safest, and easiest way to make your matches water-resistant. You can purchase turpentine at your local hardware or art supply stores.
- Cup or glass jar
- Hair dryer
Step 1 – Pour turpentine into a small container
First, put the turpentine in a container (cup or glass jar) and be sure to place the newspaper underneath the container. Turpentine is a product normally used in finish-stripping and it can damage wood surfaces.
Step 2 – Soak the head
Dip the head of the matches into the turpentine and let it sit there for five minutes. It will soak through the head and the stem and permeate it.
Step 3 – Dry the matches
After taking the matches out, use the hair dryer to dry them out or you can simply spread them on the newspaper and wait until it dries naturally. These matches will remain waterproof for several months if treated this way.
2. Nail Polish
Another great way to make your matches waterproof is by using fingernail polish. They help the flame to burn and it can last to a good amount of wear and tear as well.
- Fingernail polish (choose between clear and colored varieties)
- Hair dryer
Step 1 – Dip the head of the matches
Dip the head of the match and a part of the stick into the fingernail polish bottle. You can also simply paint the tip of the match. Put a right amount of fingernail polish, so you can still spark them when you need to. Make sure to do this over a newspaper because they can make a mess on your table, couch or carpet.
Step 2 – Let it dry
Set the head of the matches hanging over the edge of the table or its box and let them dry. It may take some time to dry so you have to be patient. You can also blow dry them if you want to speed up the drying process.
Wax is a good waterproof coating for matches. It creates a protective layer that does not allow water or any other elements to get through. Striking the match will peel away the coating of the wax and allows the matches to ignite.
- Candle or candle wax
- Heat source for melting the wax (fire or stove)
- Disposable container that is heat-resistant
- Hair dryer
Step 1 – Melt the wax
If you're using a candle, let it burn for a bit until you see a pool of wax around the wick. But if you're using old candles, put the wax in a container and put it in your heat source. Just make sure you won't use something you need to keep because the wax doesn't wash off easily.
Step 2 – Dip the matches
As soon as the wax melts, dip the match head in the melted wax. Coat the matches thoroughly and allow them to harden a little, and then remove them after a minute or so. Do not overdo it because the excess wax will make it difficult for the matches to light and the striking surface will wear off fast.
Step 3- Dry the matches
Place the matches on the edge of a table or on the matchbox where the head is suspended and not hitting the surface. Don't forget to put the newspaper underneath to keep your floor safe from falling wax. Also, you can use the hair dryer to make the drying part a bit faster.
Watch this video from CrazyRussianHacker and find out another easy way to make your matches waterproof!
These waterproof matches are revolutionary products that became an essential addition to our fire starter supplies and a good backup for lighters, but again, they can be a bit pricey. So if you want to save money, you can easily make a box of waterproof matches in no time. The methods suggested above are proven and tested to be effective. Go ahead and give it a go!
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