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Is flint better to start a fire than waterproof matches. Because I have figured out it would just be easier to light a match th

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  • Mistershoaf
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    The Flint will ignite in the wind easier than the matches. Matches are OK. I would rather have the fire steel.

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  • 16countryboy
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    I'd have to agree with carrying the matches but i wouldnt be so quick about giving up the flint and steel either, u can use the steel over and over and most of them will work no matter how wet they are

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  • CavRecon
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    I vote for the flint for dependability, as you can never be sure the matches are going to be good at some time down the road and they're a one-shot deal. Matches are easier to use, but I don't trust them.

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  • Bear_2
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    I usually carry three different forms to start fires with me. I still prefer Flint and steel with char cloth

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  • Christian Emter
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    Thanks you guys it really helped.

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  • sparky
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    matches are easier to use and you should test matches before you go. I always keep a flint and steel handy though. waterproof matches by dipping the head in wax or clear nail polish.

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  • mattreney
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    use the matches first and just have the flint for a backup

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  • mattreney
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    bring both flint can be used more and wont get ruined if wet but matches are usually a lot easier

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  • jbonifer24
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    I forgot to mention that the most important part of making fire in the outdoors, is preperation. Make sure you have all of your tinder, kindling, and fuel ready and on hand before you even light the match or strike the flint. You'd be surprised how many times people will get a flame going and not be able to keep it going because they forgot to prepare.

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  • Alex Pernice the fly rod winner
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    Take both.

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  • T
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    I recommend taking 2 boxes of waterproof, as well as strike anywheres, and flint and steel. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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  • pennst8hunter
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    I always take both, the little box of matches wont take up any extra room

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  • Alex Pernice the fly rod winner
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    Take both.

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  • jbonifer24
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    When it comes to starting fires in survival situations you want to be able to get a fire started as fast as possible with the least amount of effort. That said, matches are definetly easier to use when it comes to starting a fire, but in a survival situation you want to have as many options as you can. The problem with waterproof matches is that you have to have a match striker to light them. You a far better off getting some good strike anywhere matches and putting them in a watertight match container. The benifit of the flint is that it will throw a shower of sparks even when it is soaking wet, and for the little bit of room it takes up, there's no sense in leaving it. If your really worried about getting a fire going, buy a butane torch lighter, this will light anything, but remember it will only work as long as the fuel doesn't run out..

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  • Charley
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    I haven't used anything but flint and steal to start a fire for years. I like teaching people to use it because they learn the essentials to "building" a fire, just not lighting one. If you know these essentials, then it makes a match fire even easier to light, even in bad conditions.
    Flint and steel always works, even wet.

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