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After reading Ragnar's urban survival, this point was hit home for me.



I have lot's of matches already...



the 1000 book matches are 99 cents. I figure no one really stocks matches because most city dwellers don't see the need for them when society is still running without any hiccups.



the 4 pack 32 strike anywheres are also a dollar.



There's no reason you shouldn't have at least 10,000 paper matches stored away.



that is all, have a good day!
How are you keeping them dry, vaccum sealed ??
Matches are inexpensive, but might be tough to store properly. They don't last forever.



I think a better idea would be to make a bunch of [url="http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/index.php?showtopic=20486&hl=redneck+lighter"]"Redneck Lighters"[/url] to keep on-hand as barter items.



Brass tubing, a hacksaw, ferro rods, epoxy, and jute twine are all that's needed. You could make a couple dozen of them and they would take up less space than a few boxes of wood matches. You never have to worry about them going bad or special protective measures. The jute can be waxed for water resistance. They're reusuable, too and different tinders can be used. Matches can't claim that.
Mini bic lighters maybe



Kid
I've got a couple of big boxes of wooden matches that I vaccum sealed that are still good after about 6yrs.. I open the packs once in a while to strike one just to check, then reseal the pack..



In some ways that may not be a bad thing to barter with at first.. I'm sure a lot of folks have no clue about jute lighters and such.. Once they ran out you could start a barter for them instead.. It may sound dishonest, but its not.. You don't wanna give up you most valued stuff first, for something crappy... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />



JMHO
thanks guys! all are good. I'll still stock matches. I have probably 20 bic lighters too. for the cost though, I think matches are great!



stored in a tins with sealed lids... the kind those good cookies come in... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
Might wanna add one or 2 of those moisture absorbers in with them to help things out..
[quote name='tuxdad' post='425839' date='Dec 10 2009, 03:26 PM']How are you keeping them dry, vaccum sealed ??[/quote]





ooh!! excellent idea! I've been playing with my food saver lately, looking for stuff to seal up! wifes gonna think I'm nutz... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



edz
all right, where do I pick up the desiccant packs????
At camp (camp is not heated when noone there) we keep matches in a glass gallon pikckle jar. They seem to keep wellthere are working strike anywhere and book matches in the bjug over 20 years old that work fine.



Rocky
Not really humid weather here in michigan.



I am thinking with those cheap "cigar" type cookie tins, if you put some JB weld on the seam, nothing would be able to get in there... I may start to do that for long term planning. They sell those cookies and tins for a dollar at the dollar store, I got one in a stocking today, brand ROYAL DANSK.
[quote name='Edz' post='425907' date='Dec 10 2009, 10:05 PM'][quote name='tuxdad' post='425839' date='Dec 10 2009, 03:26 PM']How are you keeping them dry, vaccum sealed ??[/quote]





ooh!! excellent idea! I've been playing with my food saver lately, looking for stuff to seal up! wifes gonna think I'm nutz... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



edz



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She doesn't already...??





Lynne
I have a large jar I throw match boxes into. I collect them as souvenirs at restaurants, bars etc. I just lit a match that is about 20 years old. No need to spend anything just pick'em up and store somewhere dry with relatively controlled temperature.



Tony Torre

Miami Arnis Group

http://www.miamiarnisgroup.com
Scottman silicone should work to seal the cans and it would be a little easier to open when needed. Also I would think that the JB weld would result in the tins being damaged and unusable in the future.
that's true. thinking more long term here but it doesn't matter anymore. good point. good bye.
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