On Wed, 26 Feb 2014, Mouse wrote:
Actually, over here, wooden matches are typically
plain wood for much
of their length, but there is some wax soaked into the business end so
they act a little like a candle briefly after being struck. This
prevents them from burning back from the end too fast (ie, the flame
stays right at the end for a little); I assume that's why it's done.
When camping, a wax coating of the "business end" keeps dampness from
ruining the matches.