M-1950 Cooking Stove

I’ve got a handful of the U.S. Army’s M-1950 stove. I acquired most of them last fall. According to the cover of the Department of the Army Technical Manual (TM 10-708), dated October 1951, this stove is called Stove, Cooking, Gasoline, M-1950 One-Burner. Copies of the original manual are available, as I have one and I know you can find them on ebay.

The M-1950 stove was made from 1951 through 1987 by companies such as Coleman, Rogers, SMP, Fiesta and I believe a few others.

M-1950, Coleman 1951 as I found it

M-1950, Coleman 1951 as I found it

The M-1950 stove’s seal which stops the fuel flow is in the lower part of the valve assembly. Because this is a difficult to service item   Continue reading

Snowshowing/Hiking – Rocky Mountain National Park

What can I say? It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to Rocky Mountain National Park. Like more than 20 years, and about a 2-1/2 hour drive. It’s not that it isn’t a nice place to visit, but we just never seem to get there. This year we decided to go . . . and stay for a couple of nights, and . . . snowshoe! We hadn’t really planned on it, because, as was noted in my previous post, it had been in the 70s along the Front Range for weeks. But, then just before we went the temperatures dropped and we got a little snow in the lower elevations and . . . . . . two feet in the National Park! Woo Hoo!!!

We drove up there on the morning of Friday, April 17. As we approached Estes Park on US-34 it began to snow again.

The snow was falling on the way to Estes Park

The snow was falling on the way to Estes Park

We stayed on the west end of Estes Park at the Maxwell Inn. It was a nice little place, looking as if it had been   Continue reading

Kayaking – Chatfield State Park, Colorado

For the first time on my life I had a company paid holiday on the day after Easter. So, Monday April 6th, I decided to go kayaking, and since nobody else I knew (meaning paddlers) had the day off, I went alone. It was a gorgeous day. One of those where the air temp is 70 degrees, but you’re not so sure about the water. The reservoirs in Colorado get most of their water from melting snow up in the mountains, so   Continue reading