*Featured image courtesy of Jeff Meyer*
DIY Stormproof Matches
Here's what you'll need:
- Strike Anywhere Matches
- Toilet Paper
Slice tiny pieces of the magnesium and place them on the toilet paper. Place the match on the toilet paper with the match head sticking out. Carefully roll the match in the toilet paper with the magnesium stuck within it. The magnesium shavings work to keep the match lit even when the wind blows the fire out, similar to a trick candle on a birthday cake.
Dip the entire rolled match into a cup or bowl of melted wax (wax from a burned candle works well). Make sure the entire match and toilet paper are covered in wax. Carefully place the match so it can dry.
The wax helps keep the match waterproof. It protects everything from getting wet. After the match is lit the wax helps the match burn longer with the toilet paper working as the wick.
Dry the wax thoroughly then keep the matches in your emergency backpacking kit. When it's time to light the fire, simply scrape the wax off of the match head and strike it. You'll see that this fire starter will burn for a long time. Do not light these indoors. The magnesium will make it very difficult to blow out the match once it is lit.
You can also make these matches without the magnesium as described here: IntenseAngler
These waterproof wind resistant matches are actually quick and easy to make compared to some others we've seen online. The addition of magnesium really does keep it burning even when the wind blows. If you've ever tried to light a match in the wind you know that a one match fire is hard to do. This super match will burn for minutes. You can use it to light the tinder then just place it in the fire pit and it is sure to get a nice campfire going. It's definitely worth the effort to make these stormproof firestarters.