British Military No 6

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  1. Robert Radcliffe

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    I'm familiar with the steel tank No 6 so when I bought this that's what I assumed I was getting. Instead this appears to be a different version with a painted brass tank. It also has different pot supports to the other version..Came complete with the canister and key.
    It made the expected gurgling on preheat then eventually settled to a good burn. A pity we can't show video but I've got video on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.
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    Damn fine. Looks like they did something about the spindly pot rests.
    CCS site is technically sophisticated. It’s easy to embed a link from a video hosting site, Vimeo in this case.
    A pity my neighbour decided on a spot of power-washing part-way through.

    Yours looks livelier - maybe a bit too lively with soot on the burner cap suggesting an enlarged jet. The better conducted heat to the brass as opposed to a stainless steel tank would certainly contribute to higher fuel pressure.

    Still, mine’s no slouch.

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    Regarding the jet, I featured my experience HERE with a mint military No.2 (modified) on which the jet it came with (on the right in these photos) was way oversized from what it should be - Optimus jet left. Consequence, soot deposited on the burner cap.

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    @presscall thanks for the information John. I have a spare No2 jet so it maybe worth modifying. Having said that this appears to burn clean on Aspen but I'll keep it in mind. Do the brass tank versions predate the steel ones do you know?
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    Never seen or heard of one Rob so I don’t.

    Could have been a prototype that never went into production, manufactured by a company who didn’t get the all-stainless steel version contract.

    I’m put in mind of this ‘is it or isn’t it a No.12?’ that the manufacturer (TOC) of the No.12 we’re familiar with told me they didn’t make.

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    And if you’re thinking that the label on yours says it’s a No.6 so it must be, well the label (left in the photo, the one on the right’s from a production No.12) on the No.12-that-isn’t says it’s a number 12. It sort of is, because the manufacturer of it labelled it as such, but they didn’t get the contract.

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    Well, that’s my take on it Rob. Watch how half-a-dozen of ones just like yours will surface now to shoot my hypothesis down!

    If I’d have been an MOD purchaser I’d have given the manufacturer of yours the contract for the better pot rests alone.

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    Incidentally, the bolt head holding on the pot rest frame looks very like a jet spanner would fit it. An ease of maintenance benefit? Where’s the control key by the way? Is it constructed from a ‘Melco’ box spanner like on the production No.6?

    Fascinating stuff. So glad you found it and posted the details.

    John
     
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    @presscall ha ha you notice more about stoves than just about anyone else I know! And you are correct about the bolts, and the box spanner fits them and of course the jet. Here's some additional shots including one I omitted of a label I'd intended showing. You could well be right about it being a prototype. Maybe the label will mean something to someone.
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    Thanks for the additional details Rob. TSN 1061 is too cryptic for me, no Google clues I could find.

    I see your stove control key isn’t a Melco box spanner conversion as is the one on mine.

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    No clearly not Melco, neither is it chained which seems a poor choice. There is retaining clip inside one of the pot legs though.

    There is another clip inside the canister lid possibly for a pricker but it isn't that accessible.
    There is also checkering on the canister which is presumably to strike a match on. Interesting that the lid and body of the canister are different colours.
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    Won’t be for a pricker, those burners have an auto (rack and pinion) pricker built in. Could stow a small blade there to clean the burner slots, a process the instructions refer to.

    Mine has the knurling pattern on the canister too. Could strike a match on it I daresay, but I assumed it was just to provide a bit more grip to separate lid from lower part with that ‘twist and pull’ action required.
     
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    Ah yes - a stanley knife blade would probably be a good choice. I will report back.
    My comment about the checkering being possibly for striking a match was prompted by reading that some of the US M1950 stoves had checkering on the windshield for that purpose. I intend buying some Swan Vestas to test my theory at any rate.