Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Waterproof Match Test
#46
Still if you were out in the wilderness these matches might have saved your life 4th Horseman. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' />
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

Martin Crane



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

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
Reply
#47
Thinking of taking my bag of matches out of the tree this weekend. They've been there since the first of January. Its been a wet spring, should be a good test.
remember what the Dormouse said

"Learn from others mistakes. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
Reply
#48
Yes I remember your test.

I will be interested to know the results.
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

Martin Crane



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

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
Reply
#49
[Image: DSC06103.jpg]

The matches have been hanging in a denim bag for 6 months. It was 20 degrees with snow on the ground when it got put in the tree. I put 2 book matches and a box of small matches in the bag not in containers. One of the book matches came out just fine. The other book, half of the matches still light. The box matches, only 3 in 10 would light. Everything in the containers worked just fine. The only problem was the paraffin wax. It was about 50/50. The strike anywhere were the worst. Bee's wax worked great and burned a long time. Turpentine and boiled linseed oil worked just fine. The nail polish took a few strikes but did fine. Put some steel wool and cotton balls in a few containers. The steel wool was acting weird. Will have to check the stuff I have at home. The lighter just loose in the bag did fine. The Harbor Freight mag bar had a few water spots, but did great. The magnesium even lit with only a few strikes. The containers with rice, silica and salt were unchanged. The salt was a bit crusty. The tin foil wrapped and Ziplocks looked the same as when they were put in the bag.



All in all, me thinks I did too good of a job. Eni thinks there was too much in the bag and should have been spread out more. So I'll put them in a wired cage and spread them out a little and stick them back outside.

[Image: DSC06102.jpg]
remember what the Dormouse said

"Learn from others mistakes. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
Reply
#50
A most interesting experiment 4th horseman.

I'm surprised the strike anywhere did not do well.

What is wrong with the wire wool? Was it rusty?

Anyway it seems that most of the stored goods worked.

Maybe clingfilming some items would improve the reliability 4th.

I am not surprised that the book matches did not do well. Maybe the paper attracted moisture . . .

Please keep posting on the subject. It is interesting to learn what works.



Best wishes LP
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

Martin Crane



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

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
Reply
#51
The steel wool looked good, no rust. It might just be too old ? or some made in China not quit steel. The white tip on the strike anywhere match must have absorbed some of the wax. If I just strike it on the side of the match on a striker it worked fine. The white tip just seem to get in the way. The new "save us from ourselves" matches are a joke to start with.
remember what the Dormouse said

"Learn from others mistakes. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
Reply
#52
Right I shall remember - no save us from ourselves matches.



Ah, I forgot to suggest storing a Zippo.

I would have suggested just wrapping in Clingfilm, anyway –

I have found a list of lighters ranked. The Zippo was judged the best.

This link may be interesting. For instance the Bic is judged better than the Clipper.

But is not a reliable survey; one lighter is the S.T. Dupont lighter, which costs over a $100, and not many will have them.

Therefore not many will vote for this lighter.

Did you store a flint and steel 4th?



Survey link: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-lighter-...r-shopping
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

Martin Crane



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

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery
Reply
#53
Didn't do Flint and steel. Have a couple. As long as the rust Isn't to bad their good to go. Ron had some old Roman steels that didn't look too bad, but couldn't get a spark.



When the Zippo is closed, the air in the lid helps to keep water out. They did pretty good in a dunk test. Salt water is hell on the flints.
remember what the Dormouse said

"Learn from others mistakes. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
Reply
#54
[quote name='4thhorseman' timestamp='1497189882' post='613702']

Ron had some old Roman steels that didn't look too bad, but couldn't get a spark.



[/quote]



Ron gave me one of those strikers. As I understand the story, the Roman soldier carrying the steel was killed in a battle, then burned up in a fire. The fire most likely ruined the hardening, so of course they wouldn't spark. Aboman tried with the one he got, and it wouldn't spark. I never tried mine, and it still carries the rust/patina of 100 years or so... <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />

Reply
#55
Fire was very important. Each Roman soldier was required to carry two steels with them.
remember what the Dormouse said

"Learn from others mistakes. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
Reply
#56
[quote name='Limey Pete' timestamp='1496825377' post='613669']

Right I shall remember - no save us from ourselves matches.



Ah, I forgot to suggest storing a Zippo.

I would have suggested just wrapping in Clingfilm, anyway –

I have found a list of lighters ranked. The Zippo was judged the best.

This link may be interesting. For instance the Bic is judged better than the Clipper.

But is not a reliable survey; one lighter is the S.T. Dupont lighter, which costs over a $100, and not many will have them.

Therefore not many will vote for this lighter.

Did you store a flint and steel 4th?



Survey link: [url="http://www.ranker.com/list/best-lighter-brands/ranker-shopping"]http://www.ranker.co...ranker-shopping[/url]

[/quote]



Bic is the best for under 2$....I never buy any other kind....you cant beat that lighter. Bic is the best (I say) and I would know....I use mine quite a bit on the daily <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)