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Dependable flame, every time. At one point in my life…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $2.97 for a pack of 25 at WalMart (cheapest source found so far)

Summary

Dependable flame, every time.

Pros

  • Nearly impossible to blow out
  • Ignites after getting wet
  • Burns through torrential rain
  • Long burn time (compared to most matches)

Cons

  • Long burn time—could be a hazard in dry conditions!

At one point in my life I was a professional pyrotechnician and owned my own business. We shot professional shows and designed electronic firing systems. After having to ignite fireworks in practically every weather condition imaginable (and after having just about every failure you can think of!) the one thing that always worked for us was Orion road flares.

These matches are just like emergency road flares. They strike when wet. They burn reliably and predictably regardless of wind or rain. They burn long enough to start a stove or get a campfire going. 

Just remember that they'll keep burning even after being doused in water. You have to let them burn out before dousing them or risk starting a brushfire!

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the recommendation,Tom!


11 months ago
G00SE

Thanks for the recommendation on these, Tom.


11 months ago
Old Guide

I need to get me a box, thanks


11 months ago

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