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That's an interesting addition to just wax dipping. Luckily be an obsessive fly there I have an extra lifetime or two of chenille.
 

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I remember in the Boy Scout days, we stuffed single cardboard egg cartons with news paper and dipped in wax. Took a min to melt wax, but always lit.
 
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A guy that attended the basic survival course we attended made fire starter with paraffin wax with sawdust, poured into cardboard egg cartons.

It was amazing how well that worked.
 
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Did some googling and it appears some folks have at least tried the turpentine method.

I'd want to make some and wet them to see if it works.
 
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Did some googling and it appears some folks have at least tried the turpentine method.

I'd want to make some and wet them to see if it works.
I always used clear fingernail polish on strike anywhere matches. Dip the whole matchstick in clear nail polish & let it dry. Never had a problem with that working.
 

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I always used clear fingernail polish on strike anywhere matches. Dip the whole matchstick in clear nail polish & let it dry. Never had a problem with that working.

I think you've got to seal all the wood fibers, but I've never tested it really. Maybe something to do this weekend.
 
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I think you've got to seal all the wood fibers, but I've never tested it really. Maybe something to do this weekend.
Yes. You have to cover the whole matchstick. I'd usually dip about two thirds of the stick & push it into a chunk of styrofoam to dry. Then pull the out, dip about two thirds from the other end & back in the styrofoam for that end to dry.
 

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Anyone ever use these?



I ordered off of Amazon just to see if they work.

 
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These work I've had one for years. You do have to check the lighter fluid every once in a while.

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That's the one thing I don't like about a Zippo...dang fuel evaporates out of it.

I did buy a handful of these. Put fluid in 'em. They still work like 3 years later. Gots that o-ring, yo'!


 

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Yes. You have to cover the whole matchstick. I'd usually dip about two thirds of the stick & push it into a chunk of styrofoam to dry. Then pull the out, dip about two thirds from the other end & back in the styrofoam for that end to dry.

Sounds time consuming... but if it works when the time comes, I'm sure that it will be worth it. I have some old "Strike Anywhere " matches ( been sitting around the house for at least 7 or 8 years) I have come to learn that they will no longer light off the box, even after striking them 10 to 15 times. These matches are now useless for there intended purpose. Of course they burn nicely if you light them with something else. So if you have old boxes of matches, you might want to try them out, apparently they suck up moisture just sitting in the house, that or just the match heads. I need to buy some more, and throw out all of my old matches.
 

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Wow - arrived today!

Nice surprise was that it came with additional wicks and o-rings.

Have to scrape the protective coating off of the striker first. Fill with lighter fluid. Strike and make fire!

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Will have to try long term to be sure but I think this will be a nice piece of kit.
 

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It's easy to over-fill the reservoir. If you do that the cotton gets saturated and won't light.

I found that if you dab the wick on something dry to absorb the excess fluid it lights afterwards.

Now for some duration tests...how long does the wick stay lit before it consumes itself?