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UCO Stormproof Match Kit

photo: UCO Stormproof Match Kit fire starter

The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is the same as the UCO Stormproof Matches.

The Stormproof Match Kit is also sold as the UCO Stormproof Matches.


Price MSRP: $6.99
Current Retail: $7.99-$8.99
Historic Range: $1.83-$8.99
Reviewers Paid: $7.00
Weight 1.7 oz / 48 g (Kit)


1 review
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Okay, hopefully my final review of matches! These matches are amazing, and are now kept in our emergency kits, should we ever need to start a fire in extreme conditions. The matches are heavy duty, definitely waterproof, and the case and extra strikers make this a solid, though not expensive, addition to any emergency outdoor gear kit.


  • Waterproof
  • Easy to grab case
  • Extra strikers


  • More expensive than other waterproof matches
  • Can't blow them out!

We purchased this set of 25 matches,as part of the UCO set which includes a waterproof case, 25 matches, and 2 extra striker strips. These guys are heavy duty! Strong wooden sticks, with a treated end which will stay lit for 15 seconds. They will even stay lit after being immersed in water (see video below).
We did learn early on, though, that you cannot blow out these matches...we found that out when lighting a camp stove, and then found us with a burning match that we could not extinguish...thankfully, we were near the campfire, so tossed the match in there. We have found them best for keeping in the emergency kit, and for lighting campfires in wet conditions.

The wood stick is strong, and will not snap in your fingers. The treated (burning) end of the match does not extend the length of the stick, so you can hold the bare wooden end, but these babies burn hot, and I don't like holding on to them longer than absolutely necessary.

But that is a good thing, because if we got dumped in the canoe, drenched by snow, or soaked by rain, we need to have this assurance that we can start a survival fire.

I think that these matches should be an essential component of every outdoors person's emergency kit. Since the matches (w/o case/kit) cost .20-.25 cents each (come in replacement packs of 25), these are not generally for regular use...but when you need them boy, they work great!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $7


Nice review and video, Sheila! Thanks.

6 years ago

"We did learn early on, though, that you cannot blow out these matches..." Nice review. Video paints a good picture as well. Will add them for sure.

6 years ago

We just used these in a downpour on Mt. Baker. They stayed lit after they were dropped on the snow!

6 years ago
Sheila Bergin Goss BRAND REP

Yes, Jeff, since we hike/camp a lot in snow, nice to know these are snow-proof, too!

6 years ago
David Williams

These matches used to be called Storm Matches. They were once in Navy/armed forces survival kits. They work well and are basically waterproof, although the length could be improved. They also need the specific striker, unlike "strike anywhere" matches. I use a standard plastic match safe with strike anywhere matches painted lightly with clear nail polish. I throw in a couple storm matches and a piece of tongue depressor with the right striking material glued on one side and a small piece of sand paper on the other. Cheap and effective. I do not ordinarily use the storm matches.

5 years ago
David Williams

PS A nice adjunct to this might be my film can filled with real cotton balls saturated in petroleum jelly. I use them to light my wood stoves and they would work for a campfire but I do not often light them anymore.

5 years ago

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