WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by 42GPW » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:26 pm

Does the small detachment cook stove run off gas or diesel?
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by Steve Webb » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:43 pm

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by 42GPW » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 pm

Hmm. Mine just flames up. Ive followed the youtu e video to the letter.
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 pm

To all...

I have read several threads on the small unit stove...and just bought one...44 dated with 60s replacement parts...was a good deal..


I plan to use it for jeep gatherings, and know there are other, more economical and reliable stoves...but this is cool!

So my question is...
the stove bottom gets very hot, hence the putting it on the ground...but....can a metal stand be used to raise the stove or would the air underneath cool the bottom or allow the heat to radiate out underneath versus into the stove...

And what is the normal time to reach operating temps? average time? assuming a lot depends on outside temps, fuel and combustion flow...the set is all NOS parts still wrapped up...so hopefully will set it up in a week or two..

the Youtube video is very sterile...and doesnt really show in detail the start up...with all these stoves out there...not many in use?

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:47 am

It has been awhile,,but finally fired up the cookset/stove...
Fairly straight forward setup...the seal around the 5 gallon can had a few drops but nothing harmful..
initial startup, the burner flared until it warmed up and then I was able to adjust the heat by adding more or less fuel...generally I kept the flow at a very fats drip, almost a steady stream, you could see the individual drops through the flow meter..

Only real advice is to have a long Bic style lighter on hand, if a windy day the flame could blow out until the burner is warmed, and a longer lighter makes it safer to ignite...
and use Coleman fuel versus gasoline...the stove pipe is eye level and the gas exhaust was not pleasant to breathe...coleman fuel might burn cleaner??

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:53 am

I was hesitant to fire the stove, because it had been stored, but never fired,, all items were in not used, though not all were period.
The stove itself is dated 1945 and 1944...some of the inner components are 60s dated...so I figured there is no monetary loss in firing it up...and it was educational and fun..
would make for cooking soups or similar style meals...but not for frying eggs and bacon... or maybe I did not get it hot enough...the grid closest to the burner was the hottest...of course...
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by Steve Webb » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:33 pm

Nice, play around with it and probably not much you can't cook on it.
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:54 pm

any pointers Steve?

very pleased with the ease of set up and operation..

I would really like to use it as a primary stove a few times a year..
burgers in the evening and eggs, bacon and coffee in the Am...and keep the coffee going...

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by Steve Webb » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:57 pm

Do you have a non contact thermometer? They are fairly inexpensive and would be helpful to see what your temperatures actually are. I don't know if colemans burns different than gas so that may have some impact on cooking times. I have the current military MBU cookers that run on multifuel and have a 24 volt blower and use kersosene. Man that thing is a roarer.
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:20 am

Had to google the MBU burner...push button start way cool ...now that is direct heat...whole lotta direct heat...

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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by Steve Webb » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:31 pm

I got 2 as the price was cheap relatively speaking. I also have 2 griddles that are made for them. Have done eggs, sausage and burgers pretty easy. Pancakes have eluded me though almost done to burned up very fast.
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Re: WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A WW2 G.I. 20 MAN STOVE

Post by phantomfixer » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:10 am

it seems the small squad cook stove would make a good tent heater too....? it put off a lot of heat, had a good draw...carbon monoxide issues?

Two coleman lanterns do a good job of heating up a M1950 tent

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