(1) Since incinerators will not handle wet garbage, it is necessary to
separate the liquid from the solid portion. This is done by straining the garbage with a
coarse strainer such as an old bucket, salvaged can, or 55-gallon drum in which holes
have been punched in the bottom. The solids remaining in the strainer are incinerated
and the liquids are poured through a grease trap into a soakage pit or trench. Field
incinerators should be located at least 50 yards downwind from the camp to prevent
their being an odor nuisance.
(2) The inclined plan incinerator (figure 6-17) will dispose of the garbage of
an entire battalion, evacuation hospital, or other unit of similar size.
Figure 6-17. Inclined plan incinerator.
(a) A sheet metal plane is inserted through telescoped 55-gallon drums
from which the ends have been removed.
(b) The metal plane should extend approximately 2 feet beyond the
upper end of the telescoped drums to serve as a loading or stoking platform.
The telescoped drums are positioned in an inclined surface.
(d) A grate is placed at the lower end of the telescoped drums and a
wood or fuel oil fire is started under the grate.
(e) After the incinerator becomes hot, garbage is placed on the stoking
platform. As the garbage becomes dry, it is pushed through the drums in small
amounts to burn. Final burning takes place on the grate.