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Just a thought.

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Wayland, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Drain Bamaged

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    Doesn't exactly answer the original question but my mind was jogged......about three years ago I decided that I REALLY REALLY REALLY NEEDED a couple of the 'everlasting matches', I actually sent for 5 at a cost of under £4 from China. They arrived and were filled with petrol (lighter fluid) and that was the last time I saw or used them......I just dug two of them out and tried them and they both struck beautifully first time and both reservoirs are still full of fluid, not sure how good they would actually be if they were to have been carried around for that length of time but certainly as emergency 'matches' put somewhere 'to hand' they certainly seem to be useful.

    DB.
     
  2. Blundstoned Love

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    Actually .. where can you buy swan vestas?
     
  3. dewi

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  4. greencloud

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    As a former smoker (20 odd years until switching to ecigs this time last year) I still find it weird not carrying a light. I'm not bushcraft enough [yet] to need one frequently, so just get one out for the bbq, candles etc.

    It would be useful for any bushy vapers to try out a firelighting coil head though (for the uninitiated, ecigs work by powering a resistence wire - like inside a toaster - wound into a coil with cotton wool soaked in eliquid inside or around it). It should set off a tinder bundle beautifully, if a little less robust than a ferro rod!!
     
  5. Dave

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    I bought THESE

    I have no idea how many are coming. Im hoping its not actually just two boxes. :lol:
     
  6. Alan 13~7

    Alan 13~7 Settler

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    I looked at these but feared it was actually just literally 2 boxes.
     
  7. Dave

    Dave Hill Dweller

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    He aint getting good feedback if it is!
     
  8. Tengu

    Tengu Full Member

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    I use matches to light my stove (And oven...A good way to lose my eyebrows and nerves)

    I got a whole load of boxes cheap at the market
     
  9. dewi

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    If he isn't, do you want to buy a lighter and a picture of the Queen? :p
     
  10. Alan 13~7

    Alan 13~7 Settler

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    He has 98.5 positive feedback that sort of put me off too & couldn't work out where they were actually coming from?
     
  11. Dave

    Dave Hill Dweller

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    At least he's listed them as 'unused'

    I think I bought 144 boxes.
     
  12. Toddy

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    Light a spill with the match and use that to light the oven. Much easier, and safer.
    If you can't source wood, then tightly roll up paper into a thin pencil and dampen the last corner and it'll stick down. Just use those and put it out once you've lit the gas.
    Used to be so common, spills.

    Like these…..
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wood-Spills...986&sr=8-1&keywords=spills+for+lighting+fires

    M
     
  13. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Theres some huge boxes of Cooks strike anywhere matches available Dave. About £10 for a dozen mahoosive boxes.
     
  14. Dave

    Dave Hill Dweller

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    I'd have probably bought them If I had seen them. Good matches.
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Yeah I keep a few boxes of them scattered about. Can't complain at under a quid a box
     
  16. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Wow.. Didn't expect to start a panic buying spree. It was just an observation.

    Personally, I use flint and steel on an almost daily basis at work so I'm more bothered by the demise of plumber's tow which I used to be able to buy on the high street but now have to source online.

    I doubt if many people here will be greatly inconvenienced by this matter but power cuts and nothing for the general population to light candles with is an interesting though. I guess most of them will light their way with smart phones instead these days.

    Amazing how the world changes without us even really noticing.
     
  17. bilmo-p5

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    When I was a sprog we used to make firelighters by rolling sheets of newspaper cornerwise and then tying them in knots.
    I've often thought they might work in kelly kettles.
     
  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Bushcrafter through and through

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    this thread has me pondering .....and kicking misen that i didnt buy the butane canister adapter for the new extendable jet lighter i have coming.....doh

    Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
     
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    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    My Nan always had a tin of paraffin in the porch with kindling standing in it for lighting the coal fire.

    The kindling was made from old railway sleepers that my brother and I had to saw and split whenever we were there on holiday.

    I don't know what age it was that I started that job but it was pretty young.

    She used to use paper splints for the gas and clean the chimney by putting a loose sheet of newspaper over the coals, lighting it and letting it float up the chimney, flash burning the soot on the way. Did it every day so it didn't build up. Never had to get the sweep in.

    She was a canny old girl.
     
  20. Toddy

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    Bilmo ? they work well in the K Kettle :) We worked it out once; one newspaper boiled the big one just as well as tinder did.

    Your Gran sounds like a very practical lady Wayland :)

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