"Stove C1 B1"

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  1. rereid

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    Here is my latest pride and joy! A 1948 Coleman Model 500 "Speedmaster". I found this at a flea market under a pile of Army surplus odds and ends. These stoves were supplied to the Canadian Army as part of a 5 Man Arctic tent kit. They were called "Stove C1B1"

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    This one had no evidence of being used.I performed only a little cosmetic fettling to bring it back to near new condition. Not bad for 6 dollars! We used it on our summer canoe trips,including a week on the French River in northern Ontario(bottom photo). A search on the phrase "Stove C1B1" will bring you to the Canadian Army Arctic operations manual with operating and maintenance instructions for these units. When I was in the Army we had already switched to suitcase stoves so I was delighted to find this classic.
     
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  2. Rick b

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    Hi reried, wow, what a pristine stove and burning brightly! (I think you stole that one) ;)
     
  3. DAVE GIBSON

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    Super Find!!..that is the first i have seen that was not a rusted mess around the burner and grill.
    and for $6 bucks you could not buy a replacement fuel cap for that stove.
    i canoe around Northern Minnesota and Quetico Park and know a bit about the French River,i have a jar of pebbles from it in my den.i assume this is the river that runs into Georgian Bay and has tramways around some of the rapids.
     
  4. Doug L

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    very nice,did it come with the box?
     
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    Very nice looking stove and its role in the Canadian army makes it even a nicer find. I am pretty sure the US army also used the 500 for a while, only because I have a copy of an army manual that has directions for its use.

    Seems like a lot of stove to have to have portage, but probably worth it as it appears you were eating good meals.
     
  6. rereid

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    Actually, the stove is very easy to portage.All I do is put the stove in my Wanigan and strap it to the back of my son! :lol: 1349198331-Ottawa_023_opt.jpg
     
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