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Old 10-13-2021, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default 35 year old fuel tabs and MRE matches. Will they work?

On my way home yesterday, I took a snooze at a rest area in Arkansas. When I got up in the morning, I wanted a hot cup of instant coffee. Instead of pulling out the little butane stove, I figured I see if my little stove I carried in Germany 35 years ago still worked.

Guess what? The MRE matches stored with it still worked and lit the fuel tabs to get the water hot.

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Old 10-13-2021, 10:34 PM   #2
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Nice! I have a few of those here. Good to know they'll still work after all this time.
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Old 10-15-2021, 08:21 AM   #3
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20 years ago, I bought two very large cases of those Trioxane fuel bars in green foil covering. I used them to start fires in the wood stove till I found that pine lighter knot worked as well and was free.

The Trioxane doesn't go bad unless you tear open the foil covering & leave it open.

The MRE heaters that generate heat from adding water are quite different, they have a definite shelf life that is not the long, maybe 7 or 8 years @ best. I have thrown away quite a few that did nothing due to their age.
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Old 10-15-2021, 10:36 AM   #4
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Flameless ration heaters usually last about 5 years. Sometimes you can add the salt pack to get it going.
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Old 10-20-2021, 09:06 AM   #5
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If you keep MRE matches in a sealed container they seem to last forever. I keep a bunch in used rocket flare tubes. Those are stashed in pretty much every building on our property JIC.
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