I’ve lucked out so far with keeping a box of small wooden ‘kitchen’ matches for fire starting in an empty, tightly closed peanut butter jar near the burn barrel. I think that this storage method would be awfully inconvenient for field use and need another method for access to useful matches. That’s probably why they sell waterproof matches. But once again, the Dutch comes out in me and says, “Make, don’t buy!”
I use paraffin coated sawdust in egg carton sections for fire starting quite often. One could coat each match with paraffin to weatherproof them, but paraffin tends to gunk up the striking surface and lacks some durability as paraffin tends to flake off.
If you’re a guy, get the nail polish bottle from your significant others Mary Kay makeup case when she’s not around and put it to good use. If you’re a gal, buy the cheapest bottle of nail polish available for this project.
Fill a 2 liter soda bottle cap with nail polish. Dip each match head into the polish and lay the matches over the work bench top with the heads extending off the top.
After the matches have dried, hold each match by its head and dip the remaining part of the match into the nail polish bottle. Lay these dipped matches on a piece of wax paper to dry.
WALLA – weatherproof matches!
Keep your fork