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Located a 1944 American M-1941 with Coleman steel containers.

The containers are painted an olive drab. Searching through the previous posts I cannot find any pictures of the containers. I'm trying to figure out if the paint is an original feature or added by an owner at some point. All my other containers are aluminum and do not require a coating for protection.

So did the steel containers come painted and if so how well did it hold up to flame?

Thanks in advance.
MILSPEC_OPS  #81   ICCC #1451
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Only input that I can offer is that I've run across several over the years that were painted with OD paint.  My guess is that they didn't come out the factory that way, but that's just a guess.  I'd imagine that the paint would not hold up to heat at all.

The one I got came as bare steel. 
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My steel cans are well used and show signs of being painted,. They are the correct shade of OD for the era. So either my cans came painted, were painted shortly after being issued, or much later and someone found some old stock correct shade of OD paint.
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Here is a pic for information.  C M MFG CO 1944.  The paint is in great shape on a used stove.  I would expect that a PO rattle canned it at some point.  They had skills if that was the case.  Color seems to be correct for the time period. The only rust is internal and from the stove itself.  There is no over spray into the containers, no drips, runs or sags and no obvious paint overlaps.

Based on the responses of heat and use I would anticipate that maybe it was a storage coating to keep it from rusting possibly.  

Not convinced of either theory yet.

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MILSPEC_OPS  #81   ICCC #1451
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Pretty sure it's a post service paint job. There's no shortage of places to buy OD paint. There were actually multiple shades of OD for every application, vehicles, weapons fabric etc. There were seven accepted shades of OD just for uniforms! The instructions that came with the M1941 stressed the use of the canister as a cook pot so doubtful it was painted at issue. Most likely saw service with a poorly informed re-enactor.  The instructions say if the inside smells of fuel to invert the pot over a running stove to remove fuel residue. yummy.
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Reese’s Law of Thermodynamics:  At temperatures below incandescence hot metal looks exactly like cold metal.

I believe I have the same stove and can with the same dates. Can is bare steel. I’ll dig it out to confirm.


American M-1941 dated 1941.  Can stamped U.S. T.A.C.U. Co. 1942.  Steel with some remnants of a coating.  Not likely OD paint and not over the entire can.

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Hi from Luxembourg,
I'm only a recent M1941 and M1942 addict... but, the second M1941 I got (an 1943 American in need of love and attention, in other words of cleaning and repair) came in a 1943 dated steel canister, which is quite rusted on the outside... but where the upper and lower parts of the canister overlap, you can still see OD paint; so, my guess is these were painted before being issued to the troops, on the orders of someone who probably didn't read the notice about the canister being used to heat water...
I have a 1943 dated AGM stove with an OD painted canister.  It shows every sign of being original to me.  I read somewhere online that the early steel cans were painted.  The post didn't cite any documentation but the ones I found pictured were all the same shade, which tells me it was done during the manufacturing process, or at least at a central location.
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This one I picked up recently has something that resembles paint left on it... May have been some kind of rust preventative at some point.

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I have a 1943 502 with the steel can. You be the judge. I think it is O.D. green but has a coat of preservative to keep it from rusting.
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