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      26.02.2014 00:10
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      Really good well made matches

      Our 10 year old is an expert on ipads, ipods,phone apps and computers, but recently as part of a girl guide badge was presented with a much more scary challenge...demonstrating that she can strike a match. This genuinely seemed to cause her quite a bit of anxiety- even fear-necessitating a home practice session before trying it out in public. Fortunately a box of "The Original COOKS MATCHES" is ideal. The box is quite large measuring 2.5 X 4 .75"on top and 1" deep, it slides smoothly open and contains about 220 matches.The matches are nice and smooth (no danger of splinters). They are slightly longer than the average match, giving a little extra burning time before your fingers start to feel the heat. The inner compartment of the box has a cardboard divider which keeps the matches more secure preventing them all falling out at once should you drop the box whilst it is open. The wooden stem of the match has apparently been dipped in a mild fire retardent in order to prevent the wood flaring or spitting.The brown tip ignites readily as the match is struck, but quite gently. The box warns that the matches should be stored in a dry place and away from children.Terrible accidents do sometimes occur, so this is important advice. (I have a friend who is a teacher, and she told me if an accident can happen it will..sooner or later). The sides of the box provide the surface for striking the match.The box instruction reads"strike gently and away from the body" The box is a pale yellow colour like a very soft flame perhaps.The matches are made by the Swedish Match Company in High Wycombe, the company being a subsiduary of Bryant and May.The Swedish Match company is by appointment to H. M. The Queen. The Queen herself has a history of Girl Guiding and no doubt would appreciate the qualities of these matches, as her sister Princess Margaret also a Guide would have also done, as she used to enjoy building a fire from scratch. There is something very grounding and satisfying about performing such a simple and natural task. I also use the matches for lighting candles (a lighter doesn't seem the same)and for lighting the wood burning stove. The matches are styled "cook's matches" and there is even a recipe for Stuffed Baked Apples on the back of my current box.(I hadn't noticed it before), as well as a picture of a cooking pot and other meal ingredients on the front.The box is "Wipe Clean". These days the matches can't often be used to light stoves,but its a reminder of their former importance.And everyone can occasionally make use of matches, even if only to light the birthday cake candles or the Sparklers.Or to light the Christmas pudding.

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      13.02.2014 23:13
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      Great quality of matches that are exceptionally reliable in most conditions

      I do a lot of camping in my spare time and a lot of cooking on open fires while I'm away. In addition, we light candles around our house as well as our gas hob as the ignition is pretty unreliable! As a result, I'm always using matches to light fires. The box is an incredibly elegant design that oozes style. It comes with warnings about the danger of fires, an 'ignition strip' on both sides and even a recipe for cooking rich rice pudding! It also claims to be a wipe-clean box although I've never had any issues lighting a match so don't tend to wipe the box! In terms of lighting the match, it is incredibly easy. I've lit a lot of matches very successfully in the wind and rain while camping and the match burns relatively slowly, giving you time to light whatever you want! It is this performance level which keeps me coming back to Cook's matches rather than another brand. Cook's does offer some extra long matches too and these are just as good, if not better! In conclusion, this brand of matches are great and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

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        28.07.2013 12:14
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        Value for money, good product

        Item: The Original Cooks Matches Size: Approx 220 matches Price: 74p Bought from: Asda We don't smoke so there is never any lighters in the house, so for lighting candles I like to have a box of matches handy. As I don't need to carry these anywhere a big box is fine for me so I picked these ones. Design and packaging: SIZING - These matches come in a cardboard box that measures 12 x 6.5 x 2.5cm. There are 2 striking boards, one on each side of the box so each of these measure 2 x 11cm. The matches are 5cm long. OVERALL LOOK - The box is cream with brown and green writing over it. The name "Cooks Matches" is written across the front in large clear lettering. There is a picture under this of some food (pot of soup, veg and bread) so this ties in with the idea that these are for use in the house/kitchen. The design of the box makes it clear that what the product is and what you can use them for. The back of the box advises you to "strike gently and away from the body". FUNCTIONALITY - The box has a cardboard outer sleeve with a cardboard tray inside with a divider in the middle to make it possible to pull the tray out form either side without all of the matches falling to either end, this also keeps the matches tidy and protects them from breaking. The striking board on the sides are really smooth unlike smaller match boxes I have touched and make them softer to the touch when you are holding them. Also as the striker sections are long and wide there is plenty of space to strike the matches off without it going bald in any sections before you finish all the matches. When you strike the match you have enough time to light 2 tea lights before I feel I need to blow them out. It is easy to strike the match to light it and I can nearly always do this in one attempt. Also worth a mention: The back of the packet has a nice little recipe on it for "Rich Rice Pudding". This is an nice little extra. The box is wipe dry and if you leave them near the sink or a bot on the cooker and they get a splash they really do wipe clean and don't go soggy.

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        23.03.2013 13:44
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        Reputable matches that won't let you down

        ===The Product=== Cooks Safety Matches. Large cream coloured wipe clean box with an image of ingredients and stew pot on front. Has a striking surface down both long side. Contains approximately 220 matches in a two section push out tray. By Appointment to Queen Elizabeth II. Warning to keep dry and keep away from children. Conforms to EN 1783 1997 SAF. Made in the EU. Any queries contact the Swedish Match Company of High Wycombe. Has a recipe on the back - my box has one for Rice Pudding. ===Cost=== 75p at Tesco. ===My Opinion=== These Cook's Matches used to be made by the famous match makers Bryant and May, but are now made by Swedish Match who seem to make all the matches these days. As far as I can tell the box does not appear to have changed much since we had them at home when I was a child. Of course these days cooks do not really need matches, but going back a few decades these would have been needed to light coal fires or old style gas cookers, as well as lamps. Anyway the box is slightly laminated so it can be wiped with a damp cloth if it gets grubby or sticky. It has two large striking strips down either side of the box. The matches are now Safety Matches meaning they will not strike on a stone or rough surface but only if rubbed against the special surface on the side of the box. The large box makes it easy to find lurking on a shelf in the kitchen and having over 200 matches means that one box lasts many, many, months. Personally we use matches for our log burner, an old gas stove (if we have power cuts) and also my Yankee tarts and other candles. In the summer hubby also takes them into the garden for his impromptu barbecues. I find these matches strike very well and always the first time too. They also burn for quite a decent time considering they are not the especially long matches so if you are lighting candles or a fire you should not get your fingers burnt before the job is done. I often have a few boxes of different matches scattered around the house so I can always then find them when I have a candle to light. I must say though that I do not have young children in the house and when my boys were small we would have just one box which was always on a very high shelf in the kitchen, as you cannot be too careful with matches. ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== http://www.swedishmatch.com/ http://www.swedishmatchindustries.se/en/

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        18.02.2013 12:50
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        One of my favourite brands

        I occasionally buy matches to light my candles and tea lights, especially now that my lighter has lost the will to live. My normal match of choice would be a Swan Vesta match but a close second choice will always be a Cooks Original Match. I like the box these come in as I always think it looks quit old fashioned and slightly quaint, with its sketch of a stew pot on the front and its old fashioned yellowing background. I buy these matches from any of the supermarkets I happen to be in at the time and a box of 210 to 220 matches normally costs me about 70p. The box needs to be pushed from one end and it will slide out at the other to reveal the matches inside. These matches have a brown striking head rather than a red one and each match is made of good quality wood and they usually light on the second strike. If I was comparing them to Swan Vestas, I would have to say that these Cook's matches are not quite as good at striking first time and I have to be a little firmer with them when I strike them against the sides of the box that I do with Swan Vestas, but it's not as though I have to keep on striking one of them over and over again in order to get them to light. The matches are an average length and no longer or shorter than any other match. The flame is good and strong and the match lasts long enough for me to be able to light several tea lights or candles at once, without fear of it burning down too quickly and me hurting my fingers in the process. As the box is so large and I tend to keep it for a long period of time, it can become a little grubby over time. However, I like the fact that these boxes seem to have a slightly shiny outer coating which allows me to be able to wipe them down with a well wrung out damp cloth. The marks come off easily and I am left with a newer and fresher looking box of matches. Overall, I cannot really fault these matches. They represent really good value for money, the matches light very well with a strong and long lasting flame and they are always very good quality. Highly recommended.

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        05.01.2013 23:07
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        Large box of small functional matches

        Cook's matches if you are not familiar with them are a large box (approx 4 x 3 x 1 inches as I cannot find my ruler) of matches that come in a "wipe-clean" box- these cost 69p- 89p and can be bought from most supermarkets. The box consists of a yellow outer card sleeve and a slide out part for the inside of the box containing the matches. when you slide open the box (that is not affixed with any fastenings or stickers or anything when you buy it) there are two compartments inside the box that house the loose matches. The matches are normal sized small matches, each match is approximately 2 inches long and has a brown striking head. Both sides of the outer sleeve/ box has a strip of a honeycomb-patterned striking surface so you can use both edges of the outer box to light the matches. I find this is useful as in the past I have found if you have difficulties in striking a match and accidentally scratch or damage some of the striking surface of the box, it can get a little annoying as you use more and more of the matches to get them to light if the box edges that you strike the match against are damaged. So, having two surfaces to strike the matches against is a good feature. Each box contains an "average 220" matches. The cover art looks like it has fallen out of the 1960s as it features a drawing of a stew pot with a ladle in it and lots of cooking ingredients, but I like this. this indicates the matches are good for lighting gas stoves. These are multipurpose matches and can be used for lighting candles or anything you need to light. Personally, I only use these to light candles as they are short matches and anything to do with an oven, I like to use extra long matches. There are warnings on the back of the box- notably "Fire Kills Children!"- I find this a bit odd, as fire kills adults, children and animals but I suppose the makers want to highlight that the matches should be kept away from children. The instructions are "Strike Gently and away from body" (good advice) and there is a recipe on the back of the box. I haven't paid that much attention to the recipe so I cannot say how often (if at all) that the recipe changes. The recipe on the box I have is for Apple Crumble. The matches are made by 'Swedish Match" and are "By Appointment to the Queen". I am also informed by the box that the matches are made in the EU. For a large number of short matches that you can use around the home for lighting candles etc., I think these do a fine job. They light within 1-3 strikes and I haven't had any problems with multiple matches snapping before I have had chance to light them. I would recommend these for people but would point out that they are the small matches inside and not the very long matches as the box does not actually state the size of the matches.

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          03.01.2013 10:07
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          Cook's matches

          The one and only reason why I have a box of matches in my house is to light the various candles I have dotted around the house and the odd birthday cake candles as well. I don't smoke and I don't need them to light the flame on my cooker or anything like that so I use them purely for my lovely scented candles. I was using the flame from my cooker burner to light my candles but this didn't always work too well, especially when the wick is quite far down in a glass jar and I also think it was a bit dangerous so I invested in a box of matches. Cook's matches come in a mustard coloured box and are even by appointment to the Queen, I wonder if she uses them to light her scented candles. If like me you only use them now and again the box will last you for ages because I would say there's well over 100 matches in it. My last box cost me £0.75 from Tesco's so you can't go wrong with that! The matches are normal size, about an inch long I would say and I find when I strike it I can probably light two candles by the time it has burned out if the candles are next to each other. The matches have quite a big nib on the end and so I find them really easy to light. On either side of this box of matches is the rough material that you use to strike the match against to cause a spark. This section is fairly long and wide as the box is so big so it lasts a long time and you don't get the bits that have worn off like on smaller match boxes. On thing I would suggest, whenever I have finished with a match I always run it under the tap to make sure it is then damp and fully extinguished before I put it into the bin with a plastic bin bag. I'm sure it never would catch on fire but you just never know so its better to be safe than sorry. Also, now with kids in the house I make sure these are on the top shelf of my cupboard and not in my draws like they used to be before I had kids. My two would have so much fun playing with these I'm sure!! A good box of matches and a handy product to have around the home.

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            31.12.2012 09:38
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            Probably the best matches out there

            When I was growing up we had a traditional looking gas fire which was lit by a match as the ignition broke on it and despite my Dad being a gas engineer it never got fixed (and is still going now despite being at least 32 years old!) My parents always used Cooks matches to light the fire and there was pretty much always a box of them sitting on the mantle piece but my siblings and I knew not to mess with them. When I moved out I only really needed matches to light candles and things but the brand I always used was Cooks as to me they stood for reliability. The matches come in a large yellowy coloured cardboard box which has the Cooks name and logo on. It tells us that they are the original matches and there is something which seems very traditional and proper about them. The box is wipe clean which is quite handy I suppose if you use them for lighting a cooker or something and spill on it. Inside the box there are plenty of matches and these are split in to two separate halves of the box and so you can always grab a match no matter which side you open the box. There are plenty of matches in the box and I am not really sure how many you get to be honest but a box would last me twelve months easily with these. On the side of the box is the rough surface which you use for striking the matches. The matches are a good size and don't burn down too quickly but I am a bit of a baby when it comes to matches and like to get my candles lit and then the match blown out as quickly as possible. These matches do light pretty easily and I don't often have to strike them across the rough section on the side of the box more than once to get them to light. This tends to be the same no matter how many matches I have lit and so the rough section must be of an adequate size. The only issue I have had with these matches is the last box that I had and I kept it in one of my kitchen cupboards and the steam from cooking must have gradually damaged both the matches and the rough section where I should light them and so they just would not light anymore and I had to throw them away. I would say that it is best to keep them somewhere air tight for this reason, or certainly away from any steam etc. A box of these matches costs around 70-80p from the supermarkets and they are also available in some smaller shops too. I think they are great value for the money and would certainly purchase them again should I need matches. I have actually purchased a long candle lighter but when that runs out I will probably go back to these ones. Thank you for reading my review!

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            30.12.2012 15:14
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            In response to the review title, Yes!

            These are the only matched I have ever used in my life. From as long as I can remember, in the draw beneath the hob in the kitchen, my Mom has kept this pack of matches and for good reason! They light incredibly easily (although not so easy as you set the house on fire - that would be pretty bad) and burn longer from what I have seen from other similar sized matched - they must use better wood or something. The box is a wipe-clean box as it is designed for kitchen use and this prevents the box from becoming wet and grimy which I would not wish to fetch matches out of if this was the case. I have spilt vast amounts of tomato, flour, egg and many other food products on these boxes over the years with no damage to the box or to the matches inside.

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              30.12.2012 14:41
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              Very popular matches, trusted.

              Every home and family needs matches, and these Original Cooks Matches do the job perfectly. They come in a mus tardy coloured box and the image on the front has got to be one of the most iconic of all the match boxes. The matches light well on the striking strip however i have found that some of the matches are weak towards the tip which causes some of the matches to break. The pricing for these matches seem quite reasonable as i have found them for 75p online and im sure you might be able to get them cheap in-store or even on other popular shopping sites although i would be careful for any sites attempting to rip you off by overpricing them excessively. The matches burn for quite a while due to them being quite long but not long enough to snap, this adds extra safety to avoid burning your fingers or hands. I usually use these matches for lighting fires in my wood burner due to them lasting a long time while burning so they can light the wood and burn the coals so make them start burning quicker as apposed to some small and shorter matches which can extinguish very quickly which wastes more matches thus making them more expensive to buy as they do not last. These matches could be used for a number of things, i have used them for lighting fires and wood burners, camping, holding things in place and i'm certain that many smokers may find these useful for lighting cigarettes and cigars howver i do not use them for this as i am not a smoker i would say that these are the most popular matches around in supermarkets and on online retailers as they are trusted by many people, and i assume from the branded name, many cooks. I would definitely pick these us as they are very reliable and a very well trusted brand name.

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              29.12.2012 22:00
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              brilliant matches

              These matches for me are actually quite nostalgic and remind me much of childhood! In my mums house we used to have a gas cooker which required the old traditional way of lighting a flame and turning the knob simultaneously to get any kind of fire going! We always had a box of these in the drawer next to the cooker and these were our lifesaver but nowadays I use matches very rarely and so these last absolutely ages! - Packaging - The box is quite a mustard yellow and is rather large thin cardboard type with a sleeve where you can slide part of the box out which reveals all the matches inside. There is a striking panel on the outer of the box, where with a quick and easy swipe of the match tip against it, the match easily becomes alight. The box is simple and durable, and stands out in my drawer of tit bits so its always easy to find! - Using the matches - I am not a smoker, but I do like fragrances so I enjoy the odd scented candle and my partner bought me a really nice incense ornament and some sticks of incense which I also let waft around the home from time to time. I find these matches really easy to light when striking against the box and also they are rather long so I don't suffer any burns! I used to hate using them when I was younger, as to light the oven I had to shove my hand with the lighted match right at the back of the cooker and always feared burning my hand as the flame seemed to travel down the matchstick quite quickly and I would have to wave the match to put it out before it burnt off my fingertips! This however is not the case nowadays (I'm sure no-one still uses this kind of cooker, god bless my electric one!) so for lighting candles and incense these have been perfect. - Overall - These are really handy matches and are great for use around the home for lighting things like candles and incense. I bought a box of these absolutely ages ago so can't actually remember where from, but I am sure I paid no more than 70p or so and a box contains over 200 matches which is really good value. I find this brand to be reliable and last ages so I would definitely recommend them, just exercise caution (as you always should with matches anyway!) and you will love these.

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                23.12.2012 22:11
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                work well

                We always have matches in the house - usually to light the odd candle around the house or on birthday cakes. As such, our use is not frequent so a box will usually last us ages. The box that we have currently (and for the past two years) is this box of Cook's matches. A box of these currently costs 75p and we purchased ours from Tesco - they are available in most supermarkets (I was surprised to find them located on shelf). This is pretty good value as the box contains 200+ matches. The matchbox looks quite old-fashioned in design, with a rather dated picture on the front. The side of the box has the friction strip for striking matches on. The matches need to be stored in a dry place - if these get even slightly damp, they will no longer work. Most importantly, they need to be kept well out of the reach of children - we keep ours very high up in a locked cupboard. The box is very full with matches and they do appear to be just 'shoved' in the box rather than packed neatly - not that this really matters of course. I find the matches to be pretty reliable. The occasional one won't light when struck on the side of the box, or will light and then go right out. A couple have also snapped when striking (I am probably a bit too heavy handed to be honest!). But, at the price of the box, the price per match is really very low so I don't mind too much if the odd one doesn't work and it's not too much of an inconvenience. So, there isn't really a lot I can say about matches. These are a good price and work well - so do the job nicely!

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                  27.11.2012 11:23
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                  An excellent match

                  Digging around in the back of a kitchen cupboard recently I came across a box of the Original Cooks Matches, seldom used but nonetheless a vital tool in our house particularly at this time of year when the lighting of candles around our home becomes a necessity. Although purchased a couple of years ago, the matches are stamped with the words 'by appointment to H.M the Queen', a sure guarantee of quality and one of the reasons why I originally bought them. The matches come packaged in a rectangular yellow box which is illustrated with the words 'The Original Cooks Matches' together with an illustration of a pile of food and words to indicate that the box is wipe clean. The box is opened simply by sliding the middle insert out from the cardboard sleeve to reveal a number of matches stacked neatly inside. The matches are around five centimetres long and each is topped with a black head which is simply a coating of flammable material to enable the matches to light easily. In a standard box of these matches you can expect to get over 200 matches which may explain why in my case they have lasted for such a long time. Lighting a match is easy in my experience as both sides of the box are coated in a brown slightly abrasive material to enable easy ignition. To light simply take a match and scratch it quite hard against the abrasive surface and in doing this the match will generally light the first time although a couple of tries is not uncommon. Once lit a flame will be produced almost immediately and this flame will generally last a few seconds before burning down to the end of the match stick thereby burning my fingers in the process. Once the intended flame has been started the match can easily be blown out with a single puff although I would advise that the match is given a few seconds to cool down before being laid onto a table surface or discarded. I find that these matches are particularly useful for lighting large candles and smaller tea lights although I have at times had to use them to light a dodgy oven hob or barbeque coals. The matches light well in my opinion and produce a strong flame which is adequate to start a small fire plus the matches are easy to extinguish and are safe to throw away within a few seconds of use. The match box is also a very convenient way of storing the matches in between use as it is easily stored inside my kitchen cupboard and can be wiped clean for those times when it is accidentally placed on a sticky surface in my kitchen. The length of the matches has at times been a slight bone of contention for me as they are not quite long enough to reach down into my tea light holders without burning my fingers, however longer matches do exist for this purpose and therefore this is only a minor niggle. These matches can be bought in any number of supermarkets and you should expect to pay around £1 for a box. Ocado are currently selling them at 75p which considering the amount of matches they contain is a bargain in my opinion. All in all I would recommend these matches and they score an excellent five stars from me. Thanks for reading! x

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                  18.10.2012 11:12
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                  Good value for money

                  This is a review of The Original Cook's Matches, a box of matches I have owned for over a year now and have just returned to using after having some extra long ones to use with the deeper jar style candles. My uses I really only use these for lighting candles, mainly the jar style and tea light candles and of course birthday candles. I find that 99% of the time they light easily (striking away from yourself) and last long enough to light the wick of the candle. I am a bit of a wuss when lighting matches and scared of burning myself hence the previous box of longer matches but these are actually longer than the traditional match size so you do get a couple of extra seconds grace with them. Packaging I like the extra large style box, it makes them easier to find and inside the box the matches are separated into two sides so it doesn't matter which end you slide open, there are matches to hand. On the outside, there is the striking panel (like sandpaper) on just one side and this does get a little worn over the life of the box. The best bit about the box though, is the lovely personal touch of a recipe added to the back panel. Being called Cook's matches, it is entirely appropriate that they feature a recipe and my box has a recipe for 'Delicious Apple Crumble' (which I have never tried to make as I don't particularly like apple crumble!) but I think it is a nice touch. The box is also wipe clean which is good if you did keep them in the kitchen for lighting a hob or something. Price The box of matches is priced 75p currently at Tesco which represents good value for money at more than 200 matches. My thoughts With our daughter approaching two and a new baby on the way, it is becoming increasingly important to review our lax attitude to leaving things like matches lying around and we store them in high up and out of sight places, like my parents did when I was a child (I still knew where they were though!). Candles are nice to have around, scented ones in particular but it can be tempting for children so enough care must be taken with these. Reliability wise, I have found these matches to be of great quality and reliability. I think the key is to storing them in a dry place as they are wrecked when they get damp. I have tried a few brands of matches and found these to be very consistent. The long handled ones I just finished fizzled out before lighting properly so I found I was using three to light one candle - no wonder they didn't last very long! The next use for these matches will be on bonfire night when we have a little display planned for our back garden, we will use the match to light the taper that comes with the fireworks so we are looking forward to that one. Final word I still have more than half a box of these left and they will last ages but I would be happy to repurchase the same brand of matches again in the future. They are cost effective and useful, as long as you remember where you keep them!

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                  17.10.2012 10:42
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                  The original and the best

                  I always buy matches for the house as I always think it is good to have some in just in case of power cuts etc so that I can light candles. I also use them to light the gas stove on my cooker as the electric power switch has been broken for ages so I go through quite a lot. The ones that I buy 99% of the time are The Original Cooks Matches as I just think they are better quality and they always light first time and I find the length of them to be really good so that I don't burn my fingers. They cost 75p a box but you get loads of matches in a box. They are about 2 inches long so are a lot longer than most matches and they are also thicken and less spindly than other matches. These ones don't snap in half when trying to strike them on the strip to light them. When you light them you don't have to rush and light whatever it is your lighting in seconds so that they won't burn all the way to the bottom as these matches will burn a lot longer than most meaning that you can take your time with what you are lighting without worrying that you are going to burn your fingers. Because of their good length they are ideal for using with my Yankee burner when I am trying to light a tea light that is already inside. I have tried with a lighter to do this and burnt my finger but because these matches are longer I can get the flame inside the burner and light the tea light without the flame going near my fingers. They would be great for taking away on a camping or fishing trip as the box is really sturdy and although it isn't waterproof it does better at repelling water than most. A little bit of moisture wouldn't do any damage to the box and you can wipe clean the box if you spill anything on it. These matches are fantastic matches and much better than cheaper alternatives. The longer size is much more convenient and the flame lasts a long time without blowing out or burning down the wood in milliseconds.

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