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British Army No.12 from 1997

Discussion in 'Military' started by kerophile, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Hi, here are some photos of a British Army No.12 stove that I have repaired recently. It had suffered from fire damage and prolonged water immersion, I'm not sure if the two events were connected:

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    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. kerry460

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    nice :thumbup:
    every time I see a photo of one it reminds me I would like to find one ,
    not very likely here .
    cheers
    kerry
     
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    Trojandog United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Well done George! I've cleaned one of those cases myself and they are not the easiest to clean internally. Lots of corners and clips that get in the way and snag your fingers. But being stainless steel, you don't have to deal with rust.

    Terry
     
  4. kerophile

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    Hi Terry, As I recall, your No.12 was Grade 1. This one was around Grade 4 when I started.
    It was sold for spares or repair on a BIN offer.

    You are correct about the nooks and crannies in the case though.
    Howver, these stoves work really well once properly "set up"
    Best Regards,
    George,
     
  5. kerophile

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    Hi, I am sometimes asked about dating Military No.12 stoves, and the significance of the lettering stamped on the stove case. Here is my explanation:

    The NATO Stock No. (NSN) for the British Military No.12 stove is:

    7310-99-252-7439

    The designation 7310 indicates it is food cookery, bakery and serving equipment. The No.99 records that it was first listed by the United Kingdom whilst the final 7 digits are inventory numbers.

    The stoves themselves are marked with a series of numbers and letters on the front right hand side of the stove case.

    TOC = Tools of Coventry (the Manufacturer) followed by a two digit number = Last two years of the year of manufacture.
    Finally, the 252 7439 which is part of NATO Stock Code, as shown above.

    Trust this helps.
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
  6. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Some background:

    The No.12 Diesel Stove/Cooker is a quality product meeting a British Military design brief.

    I believe that these were standard equipment on the Scorpion tank and Saracen armoured car.

    These stoves are generally well built, with the majority of the stove constructed from stainless steel and brass. A stainless steel case and fold-out windshield complete the design, and it has nice little details, like the windshield locks.
    The windshield does not have to be erected in order to operate the stove, and the lid, and associated windshield, can be lowered completely to allow larger pans to be placed on the burner.

    Relatively simple to operate, with a complete list of instructions on the side of the wind-shield. Fill it with diesel, red diesel, kerosene or paraffin, BUT NEVER PETROL/GASOLINE. Pressurise the tank using the built-in pump, and follow the instructions for lighting. Stoves of this type require some pre-heating of the burner, with methylated spirits, burning paste, or a piece of fuel-soaked rag being placed below the burner.

    These No.12 stoves were issued to vehicle regiments so that they could be operated with the same fuel as the vehicle, diesel, to avoid having to transport multiple fuel types. However they will run very well on Paraffin/Kerosene which burns much cleaner than diesel.


    Nato Stock Number: 7310-99-252-7439

    Originally made by TOC Ltd (Tools of Coventry)