Solid Fuel Cooker

Amongst the many new items of equipment introduced in 1944 with the new jungle uniform and webbing sets was a rather useful little folding hexamine cooker for heating food and more importantly water for tea. Although these little folding cookers had been issued before, this set was a particularly neat set up, all stored in a small metal tin:imageThe lid of the tin clearly states the contents as being ‘Solid Fuel Cooker (stand, disc and tablets), instructions included’. The cooker consists of three hinged, curved plates that are spread out and a central disc fitted to make a surface on which to put the fuel:imageThe fuel comes in the form of solid fuel discs that can be broken up and burnt for heat:imageThese hexamine discs were particularly good for fuel as they gave off a lot of heat with minimal flame and smoke. A mess tin or tin mug could be stood on the cooker and its contents heated in five minutes. Instructions on how to use the cooker are printed on a tiny piece of paper:imageimageThese little sets are remarkably sort after, especially in such complete condition. As with so much of my jungle kit my thanks go to Andy Dixon for setting me up with this.

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