‘Ted Williams’ gasoline stove

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

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    Marketed by Sears Roebuck, probable manufacturer Poloron.

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    The fuel tank, made of steel on this example (another version had an aluminium tank) is of the full width of the stove (half-a-metre, twenty inches).

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    Nicely welded seam.

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    Mounted in slots in the stove frame, secured by a knob screwing into the tank at one end and by a flanged boss on the pump cap at the other.

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    I featured servicing of the pump in a post in the Fettling Forum HERE. Not the usual type of non-return valve.

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    I serviced the control valve and generator.

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    Air valve and inlet (draws on air space at the top of the fuel tank).

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    Assembled, graphite seals on fuel and air controls replaced.

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    Fuelled up the tank to the fill level with Aspen white gasoline.

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    Followed the lighting instructions ...

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    ... and it fired up easily.

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    Secondary burner tried out.

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    A very hot maximum (grate glowing red ...

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    ... and effective simmer.

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    Raising and lowering the hinged lid/windscreen requires depressing thumb-buttons on either side of the stove.

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    Front legs double as a carrying handle.

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    Back panel.

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    Base.

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    Same spatter-finish paint on the lid as on the fuel tank.

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    Kettle on ...

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    ... soon boiling.

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    Unusual design and a distinctive paint finish. Very functional though and an O-ring instead of a pump cup leather washer works exceptionally well on this model with no ‘missed’ pump strokes. The NRV design contributes to the easy pump action and is (as it must be!) fuel tight.
     
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    Reading references here on CCS and on the Coleman Collectors Forum. I gather the ‘Ted’ stove didn’t beat any sales records and though not a rare survivor in the States by any means isn’t commonly found (especially the 3-burner version).

    In the UK its a rarity. My example was installed in a camper van imported into the UK. Unsurprisingly, the new owner replaced the Ted stove with a propane one.
     
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    I passed it along, but I used to have the earlier J. C. Higgins version in baby blue with the extruded aluminum tank. I thought the bowls around the burners made it very easy to clean. Arguably the worst thing about the coleman pattern suitcase stoves is all the nooks and crannies which invariably fill with bacon grease. This design is superior for cleaning.
     
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    @dwarfnebula
    Good point. Those burner surround bowls and the grates are in stainless steel too. Chromed steel just doesn’t have that durability in a hot spot with spilled liquids to boot.
     
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    Very tidy stove, and functional range.

    Although alumin(i)um may not have been the best material to choose for the pump, especially if left undisturbed in a steel tank.
     
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    Interesting artistic paint job of the era, too.

    Perhaps designed to make mom happier about those campsite cooking tasks.....
     
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    Yes indeed Ed! Eye-catching and evocative (of the ‘60’s) as you say. Fab!

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    I cleaned up the burner ‘bowls’ the one under the main burner on the left predictably having plenty of cooking spill burned-on stains.

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    Also, I removed the burners/manifold assembly for a ‘look see’.

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    With this design, the Coleman practice of varying the flat and corrugated washer stack numbers to maintain an appropriate main/secondary burner output ratio is not possible. A ‘choke’ washer under the main burner serves, absent under the secondary burner.

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    Mountings and attachment points in the stove case.

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  8. ArchMc

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    Interesting disassembly photos. The manifold is very Coleman-like, and the burners are more like Preway. The generator also looks Coleman, but that pump/NRV unit seems is a new one on me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ....Arch
     
  9. phaedrus42

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    A very attractive and innovative stove design, @presscall ! The fuel valve, generator and pump design is the same as the Thermos 8427