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  1. #111
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    More pictures showing the unit farther stripped down.
    I can not figure out what this long narrow draw is for that is under the oven.( first picture)
    It must hold some part of the cookers complete equipment schedule....but what ?
    I now have learn to access the boiler tubes for cleaning, not hard at all when you know how.( second picture)
    oven and boiler is worse than I first thought.
    One side plate of the boiler appears welded to the trailer chassis which seems real odd as the rest of it bolts onto the trailer.
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    Re your questions.

    Ron, if you don't know who would?

  3. #113
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    I always thought cooked food out of a Metters Type Wood Stove tasted much nicer than a gas Stove at home in Adelaide. Same thing really as the Wiles.

    When I used to accompany my Uncle (a Vicar in the Anglican Church in SW Victoria ) to Parishioner's farms after Sunday Services, they always had a lovely Roast meal in the oven when we arrived there. Always a consistent & very tasty meal. Even the large hot kettle on the side plate smelt very "homely".

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    Hi Stealth
    would you have a boiler ash pan in your junior cooker ?
    I need to make one....any pictures would be good.
    got the boiler off the chassis.
    much corrosion on chassis found under the boiler.
    Pictures tell the story
    Ron
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    The sharp chisel & all that RED looks like you have had a massacre.

    Is it necessary to have the boiler tested or doesn't it concern them being this size?

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    You will have to dress and look like a WW2 army cook. Grubby khaki singlet, greasy apron and beret, stirring a dixie of bully beef stew with a rollie in your mouth and an inch of ash ready to fall in the stew. A bad attitude was also common. This latter can be worked on if not your natural state.
    URSUSMAJOR

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    I already have a WW2 Australian army cooks dress stored away some where.
    I cannot cook well .so that means I must qualify to be a army cook......just got to learn and make the meat ball patties by getting them to the correct shape by using my arm pit.
    Sanded back the original army rego number, see photo.
    The original paint was deep bronze green with a later coat of olive drab after that.
    the boiler is dated 1958.
    I am a little bit surprised its a later build as the chassis is of the short draw bar design.
    Latter wiles junior I think ????????were the longer draw bar.....the juniors had a bad habit of turning turtle behind a Landrover if driven hard down a bumpy dirt road.
    The boiler has to be pressure tested and ultra sonically tested every year if the cooker is going to be used.
    That means dropping the inspection plates and plugs for the ultra sonic tester.
    Also a good time to wash and clean the boiler in general.
    The bloke who looks at the big air compressor at work will check the Wiles boiler every year at the same time.

    Boilers where tested to 200psi when made and are extremely over built for a working pressure of only 100 psi
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    .just got to learn and make the meat ball patties by getting them to the correct shape by using my arm pit.
    It could also make a difference Ron if you are a left or right handed cook as to the shape of the meat balls. If your armpits are identical then no probs.


    I am flat out thinking what else is missing.
    For a start I'd suggest a Pantry full of D^D grub.

  9. #119
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    You will have to dress and look like a WW2 army cook. Grubby khaki singlet, greasy apron and beret, stirring a dixie of bully beef stew with a rollie in your mouth and an inch of ash ready to fall in the stew. A bad attitude was also common. This latter can be worked on if not your natural state.

    As well as the OoD asking the assembled Mess "Who called the Cook a bastard?"

    General mass reply was usually, "Who called the bastard a Cook?"

    I know I know, its an oldie, but it always makes me laugh.

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