(4) Disinfect the kit by putting it in the third container of boiling water for
(5) Remove the kit and shake it to remove the excess water. Allow it to dry
in the air. Replace cover to keep out dust and vermin.
(1) Immersion heater. This unit is the field-type water heater used most
widely in the Army. It is standard equipment for all units organized under tables of
organization and equipment. The heater is fired by gasoline and consists of a
doughnut-shaped combustion chamber and a stack assembly welded together. A metal
plate with operating instructions is located on the hinged hood that covers the top of the
burner compartment. The unit is placed directly in the water that is to be heated (fig 6-
19). It displaces approximately 12 gallons of water; thus, when used with a 32-gallon
G1 can, it reduces the capacity of the can to 20 gallons.
Figure 6-19. Messkit washline setup.
Do not operate heater within a building, tent, or other enclosed place
unless exhaust fumes are piped outside.