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Sirrram "The Wasp" No.42

Discussion in 'Marris Ltd - (Sirram)' started by Tony Press, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Tony Press

    Tony Press Australia Subscriber

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    I picked this up in Melbourne (Australia). With a (rather battered) box and almost complete (no Methylated Spirits container):


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    The stand/windshield and burner:

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    The burner and lid:

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    The lid says: "SIRRAM"; PAD-ATMOSPHERIC STOVE W4; FILL UP WITH METHYLATED SPIRIT UNTIL A LITTLE REMAINS ABOVE THE CENTRAL HOLES


    The carry lid for the kettle:

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    The kettle lid says: SIRRAM; MADE IN BRITAIN (in the centre), and RELEASE SCREW BEFORE BOILING in a circle around the centre (best seen in the bottom of the lid):

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    The rubber seal was in good condition (not shown in above photo).


    The "screw" - actually a cap for the kettle spout to allow for the kettle to be carried without spillage:

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    The tea canister that sits in the kettle after boiling:

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    The box (complete with instructions):

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    Note the price - 17/6 (17 shillings and 6 pence) crossed out and 18/- at a different place. Therefore, on sale in Australia before 14/2/1966 (or for the citizens of the USA, 2/14/1966):

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    ... and it passed the "tea test".

    First hint of steam at 11 minutes 30; full boil at 12 minutes 45 (sea level; ambient temp 16 Celsius; water at 18C.):

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    Cheers

    Tony
     
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  2. shagratork

    shagratork United Kingdom Moderator Subscriber

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    Nice Wasp set Tony.

    Nicely photographed and displayed for the Gallery.

    I have used a number of them over the years.
    They burn remarkably well - have you tried using it yet?
     
  3. Tony Press

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    Aahh... you didn't notice the tea test.

    Yes. It boiled water to specification (spec: 12 to 17 mins; actual: 12m45s), I made tea, and my partner and I enjoyed a good brew this afternoon.

    I'm thinking of taking it with me to Chile late this year (I'm there for 3 months and it's less "airline-anxiety" than a pressure stove) so that we can make tea and coffee every day without heading out to the hotel, cafe, restaurant etc.

    I will look for a tin for it to fit in.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Ha!! You are right Tony.
    I got distracted by a parcel being delivered and thought I had read the whole post.
    In fact, I now see I had only got about half way though it.

    If I remember rightly, when I used to use mine I bought a small frying pan so I could make a bacon and egg sandwich to go with the cup of tea.
     
  5. kerry460

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    Tony , I like it ,
    bloody nice find .
    cheers,
    kerry
     
  6. Normo

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    You found it in Melbourne. I must have missed it!!

    Norm
     
  7. The Bird

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    Hello Tony,

    I have a couple of these myself. I have one of those kettles packed into a "Fat 50" Ammo Box, along with a 123 (I should take pictures, but my camera died.) It fits well, and leaves space for a cup and some tea/coffee etc. I also carry a tea towel to clean everything before I put it away and a small aluminium wind shield. It stays in my van so that I can have a brew wherever and whenever I need to, not that it would work going overseas though.

    I usually take an immersion boiler, like a kettle element with a handle (Korjo make a cheap one.) You just stick it in whatever jug they have available, works well.No fun for a Stovie, but easier to explain to Customs though.

    Best regards,

    Mike.