Wa­ter­proof matches

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Project -

If you’re head­ing out for a back­pack­ing trip to the lake but are out of wa­ter­proof matches, you can make your own. Safety matches dipped in melted can­dle or paraf­fin wax re­sist mois­ture and are ideal for the out­doors­man. Heat the wax up un­til it flows, then dip the matches so the head and stems are en­tirely coated. Matches treated this way will not be badly af­fected by per­spi­ra­tion, pre­cip­i­ta­tion, or damp.

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