1996 British Army Number 12

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  1. Trojandog

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    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.

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  2. Shed-man

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    Hi, Great find and what good condition. I do not think it is 1996, as by that time the MoD had gone for much cheaper and less quality. I think you have something from an earlier time, but do not know enough to list a definitive comment. Thanks for the pictures; really great to see one so good.
    Steve
     
  3. CWilkins

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    Hello,
    This is one of my favorite stoves to use. I find that the Griswold #8 waffle iron fits perfectly on the burner. The original pot and lid are a bit hard to come by and can be pricey. But, if you find one and it is in your scope get it.

    This stove is bullet proof and has never let me down. The adjustable burner make it a real stove to cook with when out. It is a heavy bugger.

    Chuck
     
  4. Wim

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    Hi Tdog, great photo's with an eye for the details! Also, lovely stove, glad it went to a good home (and at a small price too :D/ :lol: ). These N°12's look like very sturdy made with long service life in mind. Are these still being used by the army? If not, anyone any idea what they use now?

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
  5. mr optimus

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    Hi Trojandog well done indeed on a great score,i would be very surprised if it has ever been used as it is in mint condition
    I know the costof paraffin/kerosene here in the uk is very expensive i would not run it on red diesel even though it is designed to be run on diesel as well as paraffin,it will take a lot longer to prime and more messy and smelly and the burner will need to be decoked a lot more.
    using paraffin would still be very economical
     
  6. bajabum

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    Thats a Beauty!
    They're made of unobtainium over here! :cry:
     
  7. Kl80

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    Hi Trojandog.
    Nice No12 you have there. Im a big fan of the twelve, having three of them and living local to the company that make them. Your stove was built in 1996 as stated on the lid. They are still being made and used by the british army. Your stove was designed to run on diesel not kero. They dont smell or smoke when running and as long as you dont spill when fueling it up, no mess. Ive never had to decoke mine unlike some ive seen being run on kero.
    You cant beat a nice bacon butty cooked on a diesel cooker. Not a backpacking stove but built to last.

    Nigel
     
  8. Trojandog

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    Hi Chuck, just looked up the Griswold #8 waffle iron. That's some piece of kit.

    Never seen one this side of the pond. I nearly bid on a Jotul on eBay recently but it was missing it's base.

    Have to wait for my next USA trip and maybe fit a Griswold into my bags. Did it with a big cast iron Lodge kettle once!
     
  9. Boston Terrior man

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    wow what a stove!!!

    we have the same material here unobtainium :cry:
     
  10. Sparky

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    TD, who needs a lawnmower when you have a dandy new stove to play with?
     
  11. Wim

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    Tdog, through the links you can go to QVIST's catalogue, they sell some nice cast items there! Carefull though, as it might still be slippery after I drooled all over during my last visit... :lol: .

    Regards,

    Wim
     
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