British Army No. 2 Cooker

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  1. Scout89

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    Howdy y'all,

    Tennessee here needing a few parts and advice,

    I have a No. 2 Cooker dated 1992 in very decent shape. It is missing the legs! Can anyone help me find spare parts for this stove. Also, the cap that covers the burner will not unscrew. I have doused it with penetrating oil to loosen it up. Any protips on getting it unscrew?

    Best regards,

    Garry
     
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    @Scout89 Howdy, Garry.

    Sounds like your referring to a No.2 (Modified) which has a silent burner (with a cap) and not the No.2, which has a roarer burner (with a flame plate).

    One of these.

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    The legs, which serve also as clamps for the lid when the stove’s stowed, are unavailable as spares from any source I know of in the UK and a worse example of the stove than you’re fixing up would need to be found as a donor.

    The cap, as you’ve discovered, is a pain to remove. It doesn’t screw on, or off, but is an interference fit on the burner head. The tool you see in the lid of the stove ...

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    ... has a pry-bar end and that’s meant to be used to work around the cap, bit by bit and gently, here ...

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    ... to prise the cap off. Two or many more (it’s variable) circuits of the cap circumference should see it release its grip and pop off.

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    Regarding the legs/lid clamps, I’d to make a couple, otherwise unobtainable, for THIS prototype No.12 stove so fabricating a pair from steel strip and painting them olive drab is another option.

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    John
     
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    This is great John I had thought of trying to get a pair put together! Do you have measurements or know where I can get them???
     
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    @Scout89 Gladly, I’ll post photos and measurements here. Give me a couple of days.

    A question for you Garry. What’s the furry little chap you’re sharing the photo with in your avatar?
     
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    Didelphidiae Virginiana, the American Opossum only native marsupial to North America. I have a friend who somehow finds the babies, raises them, and then returns them to the wild. That's a real live baby Possum, as we call them. The "O" is silent. They are a neat little critter.

    Thank you for your time and willingness to help! It is greatly appreciated.
     
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    @Scout89 I think I’ve got every dimension you need here.

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    Here’s the tool for prising the cap off.

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    The legs/clamp pivots are simply sprung into place.

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    Probably teaching granny to suck eggs but a quick circuit or two of the cap with a blowtorch before trying to prise it off will make the job a lot easier.
     
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    John!

    These photos are really great! I used the tool and the cap came right off. I hope to find someone to machine the legs for me sometime in the near future. I greatly appreciate the help. I will get some pics up of my stove the next sunny day.

    Garry
     
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    @Scout89 You should be able to buy some flat bar stock at a local hardware. The big box stores and Tractor Supply carry it. If you have a bench vise you'll be able to bend a set of legs. Drill a couple holes in each end and solder a bolt in place for the pins. No need for a machinist for this part. The legs don't have to be an exact match in thickness or width for this application.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Here's my No. 2, pretty much complete. Minus the legs of course. Looking forward to cleaning it up.
     

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    Finally get a move on getting this put together. What is the thickness of the bracket?
     
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    @Scout89

    They spread down here too...

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    Cheers

    Enrique
     
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    Eighth-of-an inch or 3mm Garry.