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Matches.! The good, the bad and the ugly.

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  1. samon

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    Morning gents', let's talk matches!

    Alof of us use them when the weather is right, but which ones are 'best', favoured, most used etc?

    I've tried a bunch over the years, some of which taste vile, sour, phosferousy and/or are too bloody short and wet! It must be due to the pine sticks they are all made of, they are so full of resin/moisture.

    There are an abundance of brands in the shops, mostly safety matches, but the strike anywhere ones I can only seem to find are 'Swan' branded, they are far too short, the sticks full of moisture which pools and they taste kind of chemically even after the head has fully burnt off. Theya ren't terrible though, better than most, but big multi boxes of 'Clipper' branded safety ones are not only cheap as chips, they are longer and burn dryer.

    SO what are you using??

    Never tried a paper match btw, but the smell of burning paper is rank lol.

    thanks is advance!

    Samon

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  2. brudnod

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    I use whatever the grocery store has, usually 10 small boxes in a package for a couple of bucks. I tend to stay away from safety matches as there is more chemical smell and it burns much hotter. Less likely to burn the rim either way.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. ssjones

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    A 3-pack of these are around $5 at my Food Lion (I must show ID to buy matches in MD...).
    They work great. The secret to the box making it thru the supply of matches is that I keep it in a small, tupperware container so it doesn't soak up any moisture (mine live out on the patio in the summer, workshop in the winter).

    I'm a match guy all the way.

    Al

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    damianmonk

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    I'm in Amsterdam and quite a lot of my matches don't light even when indoors. Constant 80+ percent humidity, yay!

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  5. misterlowercase

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    At one time I was feverishly searching out some strike anywhere matches,
    it's just such a hassle to get them.

    I contemplated buying vintage boxes of them,
    but those are usually too pricey and the heads are often soft and rotted.

    While researching the SA's I came across many lamentations of their passing,
    especially on survivalist boards.

    Red Bird matches got good reviews.

    I just went the easy route and use the Diamonds.

    And,
    an odd alternative is this thing:
    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/anybody-here-ever-use-an-electromatch-to-light-their-pipe
    which is really great for bottom of bowl relights,
    and it's just fun to use!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. blueeyedogre

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    I have a large box of Redbird strike-anywhere matches (made by the Eddy match co. of Pembroke, Ont.) that sit by the patio door and a small tin full in my pocket at all times but I always have a few boxes of Sea-Dog wooden matches made in Sweden and stocked by my local B+M.

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    Those Diamond Greenlights Al uses work just fine for me, too. As long as you give it a second for the sulphur to burn off, they leave no taste that I can detect.

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    I always used Red Bird or Seafarer matches. Pretty much strictly a zippo guy now.

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  9. lochinvar

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    I can't find anything other than the Diamond matches at MalWart, but I buy the standard. I had a box of the Greenlights and even when I let the head burn off, they still imparted a funky taste, so they were relegated to fireplace duty.

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    The dollar store has the diamond greens in kitchen size for $1.00 a box. I used to use them all the time after switching from the smaller size.
    What I use now is hemp wick and a butane lighter. I light the hemp wick with the butane and I'm off!
    Saves on butane and provides the best light I've ever found.
    I bought about a 400' roll of hemp wick for cheap and I just pull it off the roll and put it inside a small 'pill' jar with a hole in its lid to allow me to pull it out as I need it.
    Hands down, the best light there is.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. settersbrace

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    Swan Vesta matches were at one time the go-to pipe lighting match but they dried up not long after I came into the hobby. We have a full box in the smoke shop junk drawer that I've lit my pipe with a few times. Very long and clean burning, the perfect indoor, sitting in an overstuffed leather chair type luxury.

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    I miss Swan Vestas so much. Nothing...Nothing burns as well. But I fear with our societies' nanny state mentality they shall not return.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Never tried a paper match btw, but the smell of burning paper is rank lol.
    Paper match for me! diamond greenlight book paper matches. Let them burn off, and off I go...

    "the weez"...
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    In the summer matches are great, the smell kind of goes well with Latakia.

    But, come winter I find it extremely difficult to get them to light correctly (sure the chemical striker works, but the wood goes out almost immediately if I don't do things right). At 20-30 degrees below freezing it's actually very hard to find reliable sources of fire, and a bic next to your body is just about the only way to go.
    I suppose I've never actually tried warming the matches... Plenty of time for experiments in a few months.

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  15. captpat

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    I use Red Birds, long ones for sitting around at home, shorter ones (30 per pack) when on the road. Zippo if its too windy.

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  16. danindayton

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    I've just recently tried stick matches when I found Arango Statesman cigar matches at my b&m. They are sulphur free and 4 inches long. I like them a lot but, I still use a lighter when I'm out and about.

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    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. deathmetal

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    I use the little cardboard or wood ones they sell at Wal-mart and grocery stores. Efficiency trumps proficiency in this case.

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  18. shikano53

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    I have a large box of Redbird strike-anywhere matches (made by the Eddy match co. of Pembroke, Ont.)

    I toured the Eddy match factory in Pembroke, Ontario in July 1970.

    I didn't realize it was even still operating.

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  19. jkrug

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    I don't use matches often but when I do it's Red Bird in the small boxes. I like using matches but they don't seem convenient to me when I'm on the go.

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  20. judcole

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    Diamond. Swan Vestas were great but can't find 'em.

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  21. jpmcwjr

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    Restaurant woodens for now. But use quick butane on low for delights.

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    Use mostly Diamond Greenlight, but have found strike anywhere at Ace Hardware.

    I never use lighters, since I fear scorching top of my pipes, which I have done in the past.


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  23. samon

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    I was in the shop earlier getting some bits for the fridge and figured I'd get a lotto ticket and some swan matches, incase I dry them and make them taste better. To my suprise, a box only costs £0.24! Thats less than I thought so I bought ten boxes to experiment with.

    Shame they are so damn short..

    Posted 3 years ago #
  24. aggravatedfarmer

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    Just got four boxes of swan vestas. They are available through a non sponsored online pipe dealer.

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    I have now got 42 meters/yards of hemp wick! it's geat stuff, beeswax coated to keep it stiff and completely falvourless. I will do a write up at a later date on it but so far, geat! One light with a lighter and you're good to really light even the moisture loads fully!

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  26. samon

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    This is 3 rolls of 12 meter hemp wicks.

    In use, still impressed with lack of taste and effeciency even at the bottom of the bowl to get that dottle going!

    The three rolls cost £5 on ebay! Bargain imo.

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  27. jkrug

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    A couple members have given the hemp wick a try. I'd like to give it a go myself but haven't taken the time to track some down yet. I've found it online but the price seemed high to me, I need to see if I can source it locally. I can see it being fun to use while sitting in my smoking chair relaxing.

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    http:www.beewickhemp.com seems to be the cheapest place to get it. $15 for 420 ft. Considering 5 feet should last at least a week, this is a huge supply. Seems to me to be a very good price. Other brands cost more because they use organic hemp, a factor that doesn't matter in the slightest because I'm just setting it on fire.

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  29. echie

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    damianmonk: really? I'm in Amsterdam as well, but I mostly have problems because of the wind (I tend to use a Zippo, then).

    Do you live in a woonboot?

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