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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Default Strike anywhere kitchen matches, banned?

Can't find them anywhere around here, just wondering if the EPA, ATF or DEA might have banned them?
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:28 PM
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You can't get the good white tipped ones anymore. There is a a crappy replacement version that has a blue or green tip. Calling them "strike anywhere" is stretching the truth past the breaking point. I don't know if it was a ban or if the manufacturers voluntarily changed them.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:52 PM
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Default Re: Strike anywhere kitchen matches, banned?

I think they were banned some years ago. Still available at some of the "survival" places on the web.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Here you go.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: Strike anywhere kitchen matches, banned?

I don't know that they were "banned" as such, but I do think they quit making them because of liability issues. I've known a couple of folks who had some stuffed in a pocket and managed to light them off.

That was 30 or 40 years back, but if it happened now, somebody would be thinking they won the Lawsuit Lottery, I 'spect.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:22 PM
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You can't get the good white tipped ones anymore. There is a a crappy replacement version that has a blue or green tip. Calling them "strike anywhere" is stretching the truth past the breaking point. I don't know if it was a ban or if the manufacturers voluntarily changed them.
Well while they aren't exactly the same thing and this is mostly just my opinion but FWIW for the last forty years or so there's a wood match called LIFEBOAT MATCHES or Windproof/Waterproof Matches. The first time I saw these for sale I was at the original REI (REI.com) store in Seattle WA. Push forward 30 years or so and I think they are sold by Stan-Sport Camping Gear. They're lacquered to waterproof them. The match is about 2" to 2 1/2" long and half of the match is actual match. When lit they flare up like normal match only they flare continuously for 3 or 4 seconds. They are quite handy in high wind situations. Compared to Strike Anywhere or Safety wood matches these are IMHO the next best thing to a 15 minute road flare. These Lifeboat type matches used to come in sturdy boxes for durability. They are Safety Matches. They are quite expensive coming at 15 to 25 matches per box. All the same they are handy to have in a Survival Kit or BOB. Just my .02 worth.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Does anyone actually use wooden matches anymore when they have butain matches?
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:55 PM
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Does anyone actually use wooden matches anymore when they have butain matches?
I don't know what I'd do with any of them. I've probably got at least 250 of those disposable butane lighters in a box at home, and the pile keeps growing. They give me one every time I buy a carton of smokes, and I don't use them. I've got a Zippo.

I've got a half-dozen of those butane ones in every BOB, Range bag, vehicle, and whatnot that I own, and they seem to hold up pretty good. I dug some out of the old Ranger when I sold it this summer that I know had been in there since at least 2001 or 2002, and they still worked.

I have got a box of those big wooden kitchen matches on a shelf in the kitchen, but I'm not sure they even would work any more, because I'm sure that they are at least 25 years old.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 08:50 PM
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For a serious situation, I wouldn't give two cents for anything butane. Try butane whens its about 15 degrees, damp with wind blowing.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:07 PM
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I have some that are a LEAST 20 years old, and they still work. Could they be like today's ammo........and sell them for.........I would need $5 a matchstick.............

Fair enough??????
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Publix grocery has them. I keep a dozen or so boxes on hand.
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The real strike anywhere matches were banned in the 80s "save the kids"... sound familiar?
I still have a couple boxes around and they are the best.
Today's strike anywhere suck.
For starting a fire good matches beat a lighter any day.
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For a serious situation, I wouldn't give two cents for anything butane. Try butane whens its about 15 degrees, damp with wind blowing.
That's what the Zippo is for, actually. In really bad weather, you put gasoline in them, and it works, first time, every time.

OTOH, I've run butane lighters at -30F and better. (I think they were called "Cricket" lighters back then, but whatever....) You keep them in your shirt pocket under your vest and coat and whatnot, and they stay warm and work just fine.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:15 PM
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They are called lifeboat matches and eveybody makes them these days.



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Also, there is a company that makes strike anywhere matches. They are called Diamond. These are the guys that bought out Ohio blue tip.


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I remember my mom dropping a box of the strike anywhere matches while setting them on the grocery store counter back in the late fifties, POOF, the box just went up in a big cloud of flames and smoke when they hit the floor. Nobody thought much about it, the checkout girl just yelled for the stock boy to bring a mop and another box.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:22 AM
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They were never banned. The reason you don't see them on store shelves as much as you used to see them is because the shipping fees are prohibitive. I was looking to buy some online a while back. The boxes of matches were cheap, but the Hazmat shipping for even one box was $27.

You can still get the Diamond brand at some Walmarts, Krogers, etc. There are also a ton of places online like Amazon, etc. where you can order them. But if you don't buy bulk it isn't worth it due to the Hazmat fee.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:51 AM
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Does anyone actually use wooden matches anymore when they have butain matches?
Near every time I light a burner on my Propane stove in the kitchen I use a wood match. Sometimes I use the lighter I keep by the matches to get 2 or 3 lights off 'dead' matches I keep off to the side.

The 5 gallon tank I run my stove with is on a 10 foot hose just 3 feet from the range top actual. I'm pretty cotton pickin' sure this setup is out of Code or just plain illegal. I've had this setup since 1995. I'm still here. Just one more item of proof that just because it's *Not Code* don't make it hazardous.

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Just found that the old red/white head matches have not been made since 2010, new so called green heads have replaced them. From reviews they ain't worth buying.
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IIRC, there used to be a tool that you could buy that would make the "shell" of a percussion cap from old aluminum cans, and you would use the stuff on the end of the strike anywhere matches as the ignition chemical in the cap.

Some of the percussion firearms guys like to be as self-sufficient as possible, even to the extent of making their own black powder. (Perhaps a lesson to be learned there for all of us, considering what's coming.)
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