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FOLDING AND STORING THE KITCHEN TENTS 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 stored. 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 slide  fasteners. 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. Storing Instructions 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 storing. 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 chemical  damage. 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 the  ground . 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 aboard  ship. FIELD RANGES 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. 11-7

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