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Old 09-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #31
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Mom used to can only our homemade grape jelly with a cover of melted Gulf Wax poured into the jar.

Matches though!? No thanks.

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #32
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With the wax, the match will burn longer and hotter; great if you are trying to start a fire.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #33
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Nice sentiment, but you haven't actually tried that now have you...
I would caution against relying on such. I have matches too but stopped carrying a WWI era waterproof match container many, many, years ago. Try a Mini Bic, authentic regular Bic lighter, and one of my favorite devices: the BlastMatch. All I can say about the latter, if you're serious about this stuff, is OMG -- stand back!

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Old 09-03-2012, 05:16 PM   #34
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^ You should always have 3 different sources of fire striking materials in your pack when you hike/hunt the wilderness. Matches, lighter,spark and magnesium bar, steel wool and batteries etc. I also keep in my car kit / camp kit a road flare in times of need for a fast fire, when the fuel source maybe damp etc. a road flare will not fail.

Waxing a strike anywhere match is intended to keep the match compound stable and usable when in the field. They reside in my pack in the more current plasic gasketed military carriers in my pack. Normally found Army/Navy at surplus store.

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Mom used to can only our homemade grape jelly with a cover of melted Gulf Wax poured into the jar.

Matches though!? No thanks.
Gulf Wax is commonly used for canning; pretty much a lost art these times along with truck gardens etc. etc..

But it is just base parrafin wax and has a multiple of uses. From candle making to my wax blends I use in my leather work.

So why wouldnt it work to coat match head compounds? It works very well in my experiences.

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