Farewell Hexamine

Bad CO

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Never mind SDSR 2015, #coffeegate or the second Commons vote on Syria, the big military news of today is that Hexamine is being replaced.....

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four year contract to the UK-based survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, for the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel. BCB’s ‘FireDragon’ fuel is an innovative solid biofuel made from ethanol.

The contract marks a move away from hexamine fuel which the MoD supplied to troops for over forty years for cooking in the field. Hexamine was a potentially dangerous and outdated substance which was made outside the UK.

As BCB’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, explained the fuel had to meet the MoD’s robust and rigorous requirements: “The MoD were looking for a solution that amongst other things was lightweight, could boil 500ml of water in under 11 minutes, was easy to light and extinguish, burned cleanly and is easily transportable. Our solution which includes a new folding cooker and a fuel pack weighs less than 300g and the FireDragon fuel will boil 500ml of water in under 8 minutes.

“The ‘FireDragon’ fuel is good news for our troops. It will enable soldiers to cook their ready to eat meals with a safer and cleaner fuel. Our fuel is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients, including sustainably sourced ethanol. FireDragon is patented worldwide. It burns cleanly and leaves very little residue; thereby allowing soldiers to spend less time on cleaning their cooking equipment and more time on their vital operational roles. The fuel can be packed with rations which will help the MoD reduce its transport costs.”

“Wherever they operate, whether in driving rain, the freezing arctic or searing heat, the fuel will enable soldiers to heat their rations whenever required.”

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Further information available at www.firedragonfuel.com

 

MacStab2

War Hero
Well I'll just go and sell my JetBoil then.

8 minutes to boil half a litre of water, is that with or without the boil-in-the-bag in it or not?
 
Never mind SDSR 2015 or #coffeegate, the big military news of today is that Hexamine is being replaced.....

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four year contract to the UK-based survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, for the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel. BCB’s ‘FireDragon’ fuel is an innovative solid biofuel made from ethanol.

The contract marks a move away from hexamine fuel which the MoD supplied to troops for over forty years for cooking in the field. Hexamine was a potentially dangerous and outdated substance which was made outside the UK.

As BCB’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, explained the fuel had to meet the MoD’s robust and rigorous requirements: “The MoD were looking for a solution that amongst other things was lightweight, could boil 500ml of water in under 11 minutes, was easy to light and extinguish, burned cleanly and is easily transportable. Our solution which includes a new folding cooker and a fuel pack weighs less than 300g and the FireDragon fuel will boil 500ml of water in under 8 minutes.

“The ‘FireDragon’ fuel is good news for our troops. It will enable soldiers to cook their ready to eat meals with a safer and cleaner fuel. Our fuel is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients, including sustainably sourced ethanol. FireDragon is patented worldwide. It burns cleanly and leaves very little residue; thereby allowing soldiers to spend less time on cleaning their cooking equipment and more time on their vital operational roles. The fuel can be packed with rations which will help the MoD reduce its transport costs.”

“Wherever they operate, whether in driving rain, the freezing arctic or searing heat, the fuel will enable soldiers to heat their rations whenever required.”

Further information available at www.firedragonfuel.com
Is it good for coffee?
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
but will it be mistaken for sweets when thrown from the back of a moving vehicle to locals?
 
No more seeing into the future through hexi tv? They have gone too far.
 

FEASG

LE
That now makes, mess tins and cap badge, the only bits of issue kit that have not been changed (Some several times) since I joined. Must be an old git.
 

rgjbloke

On ROPS
On ROPs
I didn't know it was dangerous. Every day's a school day eh? I've still got a couple of packs of it which have been sitting in the bottom of a box in a shed somewhere for the last nearly forty years.

Does the new stuff smell? hexamine did give off a very slight odour when it was burning that you could detect if it was a mild day and there wasn't any wind.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
i am 62 so bear with me but i am sure the i used the hexi burner upside down all the time . resting the can or mug on the flat bit.... doh. you think that someone would have said.
 
The contract marks a move away from hexamine fuel which the MoD supplied to troops for over forty years for cooking in the field. Hexamine was a potentially dangerous and outdated substance which was made outside the UK.

Kind of speaks for itself really?
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
So who gets the contract to dispose of it?






Me me me










Edited to add please!
Pretty please with hexe on top!
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
Well I'll just go and sell my JetBoil then.

8 minutes to boil half a litre of water, is that with or without the boil-in-the-bag in it or not?

No, no we'll bin this new pseudo hexi and the P8s and F35s etc etc and let a contract that buys every soldier a JetBoil:roll:
 

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