British Cooker No. 2

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  1. The Warrior

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    Just purchased one of these. Got a decent deal on it, but she needs some work. Mostly stripped and painted. Missing the funnel, and spare flame spreader. Just ordered a kit from the FettleBox for it.

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    Guess they used a pick for a pricker.

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    In use the grate flips over so the points are up. They are spaced perfectly for the British rectangular mess tin.
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    Thanks Bill, I wondered why the grates were made like that.
     
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    Not standard and not recommended. Usual 0.32mm wire pricker is the right tool. Dental pick’s a sure way to widen the jet and make it unusable.

    Reese is right about the grate orientation to aid heat distribution for cooking in a mess tin but ‘points down’ provides a more usual spacing between base of pot and burner to maximise efficiency in boiling of water.
     
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    I wondered about the pick. Since it uses a 0.32mm pricker, I assume a jet for it won't be hard to find?

    Also, would I need to use heat paint on this?
     
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    Jet’s specific to that stove (and No.3 twin-burner) nothing like a standard 0.32mm Swedish stove jet. Still, looks like from the photo (seller’s?) that the spare jet’s in the stowage place in the windshield, plus the one in the burner.

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    With any luck a heavy-handed user hasn’t got far with that dental pick in messing up the jet installed in the burner.

    Heat paint? No, I’ve not found it necessary. Olive drab does fine. The grate gets hot obviously but with plenty of ‘elbow room’ for a single burner stove nothing else gets close enough to be heat scorched.
     
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    As always, you are a wealth of knowledge sir, thanks for the information.
     
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    It looks heavy. I've always wanted one but never found one on this side of the pond. Shipping across the big pond would be a killer on that anchor. lol

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    I've read that it is heavy, and nothing you want to carry around. I got it from this side of the pond.

    I thought you had one of these?

    I'll probably use this as @Simes does: British Army No 2
     
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    Got this in. What a tank of a stove!
     
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    I was gonna strip and repaint this, but I think I'm going to leave it as is. The legs would scrape the new paint off every time I put them in the cooking position, or folded back up.
     
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    I am thinking the same, I have found a place for sand blasting for me, my plan is dismantle replace washer pressure test, in water ,then sand blast and reassemble. I need to talk to the company to see whats best 1 at a time or a batch
     
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    I ordered a kit from the Fettlebox for it. Look forward to fettling it. I may keep this one at my cabin. Not practical to carry anywhere.
     
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    You think the no.2 is heavy, wait 'til you get a no.3 the double burner version. I think they come in at about 30 pounds.
     
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    Dang, bullet proof, haha.
     
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    A No 3, it supposedly for 15 men, a gent on HMVF has written a paper on British Army stoves, unfortunately I cant find the link at the moment.
     

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    Sounds like you're enjoying things at the moment. @The Warrior

    I was tempted to clean mine up, but considering the comments I would have received from certain quarters I thought better of it. :whistle:
     
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    I still haven't decided whether or not I want to strip and repaint, or just put a kit in it I have ordered from the Fettlebox.
     
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    Got the kit from the Fettlebox in this evening. Look forward to getting her going.