Soldiers from many Armed Forces have been using solid blocks of hexamine fuel to cook their rations and boil their drinks in the field.
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The British military are the first to have gotten out of the starting blocks. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four year contract to the UK-based survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, for the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel. BCB’s ‘FireDragon’ Fuel is an innovative solid biofuel made from ethanol.
As BCB’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, explained the fuel had to meet the MoD’s robust and rigorous requirements: “The MoD were looking for a solution that amongst other things was lightweight, could boil 500ml of water in under 11 minutes, was easy to light and extinguish, burned cleanly and is easily transportable. Our solution which includes a new folding cooker and a fuel pack weighs less than 300g and the FireDragon fuel will boil 500ml of water in under 8 minutes.”
“The ‘FireDragon’ fuel is good news for troops. It will enable soldiers to cook their ready to …Read the Rest