Sweet Pea and I made another trip up to Whidbey Island the other day and stopped in at the historic town of Coupville for a little lunch............field kitchen style! We cooked up a pot of lentil soup and made an espresso on our little Swedish M/40 Mess Kit and Stove.
Lunch was great and cooked up fast, and the only improvement to the Svea stove that I could see, was the need for a simmer ring to damper down the flame on the little alcohol burner. Today I slipped into the "workshop" and made up my own version of a Svea-Trangia alcohol stove simmer ring. (No simmer rings were originally made for these military versions of the Svea and Trangia alcohol stoves).
I picked up a used, stainless steel insulated cup at the local Goodwill, and then broke off all of the plastic (base, top and insides), and then, using a pair of tin snips, I cut off the bottom to form the cylinder of my simmer ring. I left a tab on the top edge that I later bent over to form the pivot mount. I cut a disc out of heavy brass and then drilled a slightly over-sized hole in the brass plate and pivot tab. I hand riveted the two together, making sure that the rivet was a bit loose to let the top plate move smoothly.
I fired up the stove in the back yard to give it a try. It works perfectly! The simmer plate can be adjusted using the tip of a knife, fork, stick, etc. The flame can now be adjusted from barely there, to full on blazing! The Swedish M/40 mess kit is now a fully functional camping set up, ready for some precision gourmet cooking..........
I also made up a short wooden handle to use with the small cup-lid on the mess kit. As you can see from the pictures, I tapered it to fit and cut it just short enough to fit inside the mess tin with the lid on (for storage). Another great improvement to the stove set up.