I posted recently on how difficult it was to find Paraffin (Kero) at a decent price in the UK and jokingly said I may have to look for an Army No12 to run on Red Diesel. I had a casual look on eBay but was dissuaded by the prices they go for. Having put it out of my mind, I was recently at a local auction. It was a 'collective machinery auction' at my local livestock auction (yes, there are still some around). I'd gone hoping to pick up a decent lawn mower. I got my last lawnmower (a Hayter) at the same auction 7 years ago for 30 quid but it's finally died. Looking through the catalogue, I saw a entry for 'primus type stove in box'. I assumed it would be a picnic type stove in a cardboard box, but when I found it I saw it was a green painted case. Inside was a very clean, shiny Army No12. All the bits seemed to be there so I shut it quickly and wandered off. I won't say what I paid for it but I had a silly grin all the way home. If I am interpreting the code on the case correctly it is a 1996 model. The pump and seals were fine and someone had obviously cleaned it well - even the funnel had been polished! Fired it up after taking the pics and it ran perfectly. No, I didn't get a lawn mower.