Here is a good looking US Army M1950 Squad Stove that I scored on a recent walk around a swap meet. A complete unit consists of the stove and a top and bottom aluminium canister which works as cooking pots. This unit was missing the top aluminium pot. Nevertheless, I still think it is a good score, considering they are kinda hard to find and pricey (on ebay). For the small sum I paid, this I think is a good score.
This US Army M1950 Squad Stove will undoubtedly join the ranks of hoarded portable stoves I have already owned. I will write about the other stoves, in good time.
The stove is undeniably bigger and bulkier than the more compact multi fuel stoves today. Nevertheless, the unit is not much taller than an open up Leatherman Wave (still my favorite EDC). I did a bit of online research on the stoves. Some information I found:
- This M1950 Squad Stove is also called the ‘Tanker’ by some. The former seems to be the more accurate and official name for the stove
- Some sites (like this) claim that this stove is multi fuel. However, most forums like this suggests only Coleman fuel and Unleaded Gasoline only
- The stove was made by a few companies. Coleman, Rogers, Fiesta etc. See here.
At the moment, I have not tried firing up the unit. Suffice some pictures and serious gear fondling for now 🙂
The stove is strangely well built. Being a Coleman product, I had my reservations initially (Coleman products these day is really crappy IMHO). Perhaps back in the good ol days Coleman invested more interest in producing quality products than ‘cheap’ products.
This stove may not be as compact as my MSR Whisperlite or even the Dragonfly but it certainly has some cool characteristics that I like. The plunger for one is built really sturdy and strong. I certainly like the all in one design whereby the fuel tank is ‘built-in’. Some sites I read a full fuel tank can give enough burn time to cook a feast! While fondling around the squad stove, I also found some really cool ‘hidden’ features. Namely what I believe to be the spare nozzle kit. It is attached to the stove securely. I almost missed it the first time I had a look at it.
I suppose the next thing I should do with this squad stove is to try it out. I plan to do a bit more investigating on this stove. See if there is any serious safety issues that may need to be looked at first. The last thing I need is for it to go completely wrong with a full fuel tank. At the same time, I should probably look at ebay and see how much they are worth.
I am really happy to own this US Army M-1950 Squad Stove. It will certainly be in my hoard of gear for a little while more.