FOLDING AND STORING THE KITCHEN
The striking or disassembling of the kitchen tent is
too technical to be explained in this manual. However,
you will find these striking procedures in the Marine
Corps Combat Feeding Workbook, P-MCBLC 1179
(Rev. 12-91). Also, the assistance of a service member
having such experience would be helpful. Once
disassembled, the tent must be properly folded and
Folding the Tent
Once the poles have been disassembled and pins and
lines removed, you can fold the tent. Close and secure
doors and stovepipe openings. Then open the corner
Spread the tent out flat with the outside up. Then,
coil the guy lines and place them on the tent roof. Fold
the end walls and the side walls over the cave line on the
tent hood. Sweep the dirt from the tent after each fold
Next, fold the ends of the tent toward the center, making
6-foot folds. Finally, fold the two remaining 6-foot folds
from each end of the tent together.
Most tents are mildew resistant. This does not mean
that they are not subject to mildew. Under warm and
damp conditions, espcially in tropical jungle areas,
mildew can ruin tents. This may occur in a few days if
proper care is not taken. To prevent mildew, the
following precautions should be taken:
l Never fold or roll a wet tent. Be especially sure
the seams and edges of the tent are dry and clean.
l Before storing, dry the tent by hanging it up off
the ground in bright sunlight. If necessary, you can dry
a tent indoors.
This is done by hanging it in a
well-ventilated place, high enough to suspend the tent
off the floor.
. Do not drag the tent along the ground while
transporting or allow it to come in contact with the
ground while in storage.
Be careful in handling pins and poles to see that they
are not broken or otherwise damaged. When
transporting or storing, keep pins and poles separate
from the tent. Clean and dry all pins and poles before
Inspect all lines before storing. The stability and
safety of the tent may depend on the condition of the
various lines used. Deterioration in the lines is of two
kinds: physical and chemical. Surface wear or internal
friction between fibers causes physical damage.
Exposure to weather conditions and acids causes
To prevent damage to tent lines,
observe the following rules:
. Keep lines clean. If lines become dirty, wash
them in clean water and dry thoroughly.
l Dry lines properly after exposure to dampness.
Lines are best dried when hung loosely between two
trees or other objects so they do not come in contact with
. Store lines properly in a dry, unheated building
or room with free air circulation. Place lines in loose
coils off the floor on wooden gratings or hang them on
wooden pegs. Never store lines in a small confined
space without air circulation.
FIELD KITCHEN EQUIPMENT
Normally, you will have either a gasoline field range
outfit or a small detachment cooking outfit, plus
immersion-type heaters for cans and tank trailers. These
will make it possible for you to cook and maintain
sanitary standards almost as well as you can in a galley
Gasoline field range outfits are the most satisfactory
appliances available for preparing meals in the field.
The armed forces now use model M59. Chapter 10 of
the Basic Doctrine for Army Field Feeding, FM 10-23,
covers the operation of the model M59 field range.
Operator, Organizational and Direct Support
Maintenance Manual including Repair Parts and
Special Tools List for Range Outfit Field, Gasoline,
Model M59, TM 10-7360-204-13&P, covers the
maintenance and repair of model M59. See figure 11-8
for an illustration of the M59 range. One field range is
adequate for 50 personnel or less. With two ranges, you
can cook for 50 to 100 personnel. With three ranges,
you can cook for as many as 225 people.
The gasoline field range outfit is designed to
provide a complete outfit adaptable to the different
requirements of field operations. The outfit consists of
a cabinet with a burner unit, accessory outfit, and
necessary cooking utensils (fig. 11-9). The outfit is
portable and can be operated while in transit.