Long term storage of matches

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  1. DudeInMT

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    I'm thinking of storing away some matches for future use. But I've noticed that I keep having a problem with matches that after a while (2 years or so.. I don't go through matches that fast) they stop lighting. When struck the tip usually burns off, but doesn't create a flame.

    I was thinking I should put my everyday house hold matches in a jar instead of just inside the cardboard box they come in, to maybe extend their life, but then got to thinking maybe there is a better way to store them for longer.



    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider Rotorhead Savage Forum Contributor

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    If you want to store matches long term, get strike away where matches (kitchen matches) and dip them in parrifin wax. For the price, you can get a pack of 3-4 bic lighters at the dollar store. They'll keep forever (store in ziplock bag) and are reliable.
     
  3. jerry

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    One step further, an airtight container with silica beads?
     
  4. Kad Skirata

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    I have bic lighters, zippos that have not been filled with fluid on hand, and magnesium fire starters. No need for matches.
     
  5. jerry

    jerry Patriotic Member Forum Contributor

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    All good stuff and agree Kad, but the OP has a need / want for matches ;)
     
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    Sorry long day, didn't mean to hijack the thread.
     
  7. neophyte

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    jerry Patriotic Member Forum Contributor

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    It's cool dude, long day here too, my wife says it makes me out to be an *** in some social settings. LOL. Take it light.
     
  9. thrillbilly

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    i wld assume the failures have more to do with humidity damage then chemical deteriation...so storing matches like u wld food or powder/ammo should help (ie moisture/air proofed)


    I keep my matches in those 1$ orange match safes they sell in walmart camping aisles. I have some that are least 3 years old (prolly closer to 4) and lit a few the other day with no problems.
     
  10. jerry

    jerry Patriotic Member Forum Contributor

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    They let you play with matches thrillbilly? LOL
     
  11. Huey Rider

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    Guess I may need to vacuum seal my bics.
     
  12. thrillbilly

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    yep.......as long as I dont stuff thousands of match heads inna pipe again. LMAO
     
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    dangit Huey....I had 3 immediate thoughts/responses after reading that ^ and 2 wlda got me banned and 1 wlda earned me a slap on the wrist lol
     
  14. jerry

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    I almost went there my self. Glad were good boys :)
     
  15. rando

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    Like mentioned above by Jerry and Thrillbilly, you put some dessicant absorbant in the round match storage containers you get at camping supply stores. I have several containers of them in my hunting backpack and have been in there for years and still crisp on the tips and light.
     
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    Food saver vaccuum seal them.
     
  17. Cyrano

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    I store my ready-use strike-anywheres in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. As long as you keep moisture out, they will last almost indefinitely. I'd store them in a metal container with an O-ring if I could find one the right size.

    As a matter of fact, I carry an OD green plastic match safe with an O-ring, a striking surface on the bottom and about 2 dozen matches in it at all times ... along with my tiny pocket knife, an 8-LED flashlight, a handkerchief, and a keychain with a P-38 and a folding tiny multi-tool on it, just in case. My personal at-all-times survival kit.
     
  18. Ten Man

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    Moisture damage.

    As already mentioned, just put them in an air tight storage container.

    I have kitchen matches from before Y2K that still work just fine.
     
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    All good suggestions on keeping them dry and in an air tight contsainer.

    If you want to stock back alot just get .50 CAL ammo can to use after plcaing them in platic airtight baggies with a few dessicant packs.

    BTW- Standard "Kitchen" stick matches ar cheap. No excuse for not having a boat load of them of all sizes.
     
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  20. DudeInMT

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    Thanks, I didn't think about moisture damage, we tend to run the humidifier constantly at our house, that probably doesn't help them out too much.
     
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