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Waterproof Match Test
#31
Larger amounts of matches, multiple dozens of the common book matches in a gallon Ziploc, with nothing added seem to last just fine, so long as the integrity of the bag does not fail, Buried in a can or a pvc pipe, or just thrown into a random drawer in the house or garage, for 15 years or so, stable temp/humidity, bic type lighters, tend to slowly lose volume of fuel in the very same bag, losing one third to half from full in the same 15 year period, strike on the box matches, the boxes lose some structural integrity, the big boxes of strike any where matches, like the book matches to not appear in any way different for spending 15 years in a gallon Ziploc, I only opened it every five years or so to see what still worked, I checked them a week or so ago, about to be 18 years on Christmas, ot all looks about the same, everything lights cept a couple of Bic lighters the ran dry (I started with 25)
Andre Dumouchel





Having My Name and Living in Texas, it is simply assumed that I will Eat Anything and have Primitive Skills.

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#32
I have a small water proof box with matches and a few odds and ends I always throw into the camping pile. I just expect them to work because they always have. I take care of them and they take care of me. I have a small stash in the shed by the forge. Sometimes they work sometimes they don't. Might be a good idea to try a Ziploc.



At Rabbit Stick Rob gave a class on different fire starting methods he had in a box that he probably hadn't opened in 15 years. It was a fun class, almost nothing worked but a fun class.



I'll check my varnish to see if it's any good.
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#33
What ended up in the bag, a little bit of everything. Some wrapped in tin foil, Ziplocs, sealed in straws, different containers. Found some containers at the store, I filled one with with just matches, one with salt added, one with a little rice added, one with a lot of rice added and one with silica. Have a few more things I want to try so I'll just put them in a different bag.



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#34
Having done something similar, I would recommend that you number every single package, then make a list of the specific attributes.



I used a spreadsheet to keep track, and to log the effects as time went along.



You probably already have a handle on this....



Good luck!

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#35
I have a log of each container and what's in it. All the different matches have their own color code. To much for me to just remember. If I didn't have my name written in my underwear I'd forget my name was Calvin Klein...



So far the bags been rained on, snowed on and froze. Hope my leather case makes it, put a little effort into it.
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#36
This is what I will miss on this forum - innovation.

Members can post about the best knife until they are blue in the face, but new ideas are what matter to me.

I am still trying to work out how to develop a sleeping bag that can fit in a chest pocket, and keep the sleeper warm at 10 degrees below zero.

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#37
Face Book will never come close.



I did see a coat in the store. It was very light and thin but they wanted an arm and a leg for it. Next time I'm there I'll see what's in it. Would make a good sleeping bag.
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#38
I saw a backpacker in London wearing a sleeping bag!

There was a hole for the head, and two arm holes.

It was tucked up at the bottom.

I thought it was a good idea, but I have never seen to advertised.
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

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"As God once said - and I think rightly . . ."

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
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#39
LP, The ones I've seen like that were German sniper bags that could be worn like a coat. Should have ordered some years ago when the prices were much lower.

Hope all is well, Theo
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

  John Stuart Mill
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#40
Google search, German military coat converts to sleeping bag.



Plenty of hits and pictures.



Not light weight, but readily available for purchase.



Also, a new concept coat for the homeless comes up under the same search.
Andre Dumouchel





Having My Name and Living in Texas, it is simply assumed that I will Eat Anything and have Primitive Skills.

(Some Women like a Fella that has Primitive Skills!)

(Some Men Too, and That's Ok!)

Stupidity can be painful, and fun to watch from time to time.
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#41
Yes I see it now. The Germans are very good at design. My father in North Africa, said most equipment the Germans had was better than British - Jerry cans, tanks.

He also said the American helmet was better than the British. The lining could be taken out and the helmet used for a cooking pot.

I use a German army combat jacket myself, which I bought in Fort Worth – very good jacket.

I have sewn on a few patches and made myself a general.



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Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
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#42
Nothing like field promotions...
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#43
I was promoted straight from a Major Disaster to a General F*ck up <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/yes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':yes:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' /> , then I decided to try civilian life



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#44
Grizz, you could go to a military re-enactment meeting, and dress up as General Montgomery.

It would relieve your disappointments. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
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#45
Made it to the matches today. Still there, snow covered and a little stiff, but A-OK. Should have brought a shovel so I could get into the shed and grab a pair of snowshoes to make it back to the house. Post holing it all the way.
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