a. Drums Cut Crosswide. Use the larger part (about two-thirds of the drum) as
the water container. Cut out the end of the smaller part (about one-third of the drum)
and use it as a support. This part may also serve as a shield for the burner. If the
vapor-type burner is used, cut the bottom edge of the lower part of the drum so that it
fits tightly around the pipe.
b. Drums Cut Lengthwise. In this setup, the drums are placed directly on a
trench (figure 6-24). A chimney may be used to improve the draft of air. This will result
in a hotter and cleaner fire.
c. Drums Cut Two Ways. When setting up a more permanent facility, a
method in which the drums are cut in two ways may be used. The drums to be used as
water containers are cut lengthwise so that one-third of the drum is removed. The
drums to be used as supports are cut so that only one-fourth of the drum is removed.
The drums are then fitted together and the sides of the supporting drums may be
insulated with suitable materials. As this device operates best with the vapor-type
burner, holes should be cut through the ends of the supporting drums near the bottom
to permit the passage of burner pipes under the containers. Because of the close
housing around the burners, this is a very efficient device.
Figure 6-24. Improvised messkit washline setup.