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  1. Primitive Ways

    I have picked up a lot of good information from primitiveways.com. :thumbup: Al
  2. I ordered 3 Swiss surplus canteen sets (https://www.mainemilitary.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=0&idproduct=2651) and I have to say they have been around. Hans und Fritz must have made many liters of Swiss Miss cocoa with these sets before their enlistment was up. They have the usual dents and scrapes that you would expect from surplus items but, in addition to these dents and dings the stoves looked like they had been really overheated at some time, almost to the point of melting. No biggie though. A little bending and straightening and they are perfectly usable. One of the canteens came with a chain on the cork and the other two did not. Apparently they were issued both ways. I had to enlarge the opening at the bottom of the stove so that my “Pop Can” stove would fit into it. I just cut it open with a pair of scissors because the aluminum is that thin. It appears that the soldiers did use wood to fire these up too. To keep the water bottle above the stove they used a simple but, ingenious method. In the back of the stove is a small square hole and a bent portion of the bail is slipped into the hole creating a stop to keep the bottle from going too far down. If the cup is used to heat water the waist on the cup prevents it from going to far. I tested the stove inside with a “Pop Can” stove and these were the results. In 3 minutes and 12 seconds I had bubbles forming in the bottom of the cup. At 5 minutes I had a complete rolling boil. (Your mileage may vary). If you are looking for pristine Swiss canteen stoves to put in a museum, keep looking, these are not them. But, if you want a rough and tumble stove/canteen/coffee cooker to throw in your truck/trunk/BOB these will work. Be well my friends and pass the marshmallows…. Al These appear to be sold our at the link I posted but, they are avilable at other websites and on Ebay.
  3. I ordered 3 Swiss surplus canteen sets (https://www.mainemilitary.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=0&idproduct=2651) and I have to say they have been around. Hans und Fritz must have made many liters of Swiss Miss cocoa with these sets before their enlistment was up. They have the usual dents and scrapes that you would expect from surplus items but, in addition to these dents and dings the stoves looked like they had been really overheated at some time, almost to the point of melting. No biggie though. A little bending and straightening and they are perfectly usable. One of the canteens came with a chain on the cork and the other two did not. Apparently they were issued both ways. I had to enlarge the opening at the bottom of the stove so that my “Pop Can” stove would fit into it. I just cut it open with a pair of scissors because the aluminum is that thin. It appears that the soldiers did use wood to fire these up too. To keep the water bottle above the stove they used a simple but, ingenious method. In the back of the stove is a small square hole and a bent portion of the bail is slipped into the hole creating a stop to keep the bottle from going too far down. If the cup is used to heat water the waist on the cup prevents it from going to far. I tested the stove inside with a “Pop Can” stove and these were the results. In 3 minutes and 12 seconds I had bubbles forming in the bottom of the cup. At 5 minutes I had a complete rolling boil. (Your mileage may vary). If you are looking for pristine Swiss canteen stoves to put in a museum, keep looking, these are not them. But, if you want a rough and tumble stove/canteen/coffee cooker to throw in your truck/trunk/BOB these will work. Be well my friends and pass the marshmallows…. :thumbup: Al They seem to be sold out at the link I posted but, they are aviable at other sites and on Ebay.
  4. Hello from Louisiana

    Thanks everyone. Feels great to be welcome. Al
  5. Hello from Louisiana

    Hi, my name is Al and I live in Louisiana. I am 51, retired Army and an avid outdoorsman. Wow! look at all the cool smiley's. :cool: Looking forward to learning some new things here. Thank you for having me. Al
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