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Question about MRE ration heaters

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Can they be used to heat anything ELSE, besides something in a pouch?

 

Say for example you have a half a dozen of these ration heaters, but no pouched foods. Could you use one to warm up a can of chili (or something)?

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They also make good explosive devices.

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These modern packets are meant to work specifically with the MRE pouches. I suppose a can could be stuffed in the heating pouch. Not sure how effective they’d be. 
 

 

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35 minutes ago, Whiskey Business said:

Sure, as long as you put in a pouch first.

So if I was to dump the can of chili into a quart Ziploc freezer bag, would that work?

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I knew a guy in college who got a bunch of the heaters without mres. He used them as hand warmers on the deer stand. You have to wrap them up in a thick towel to keep from burning yourself. 

 

But I suppose they can be used to heat anything as long as it's pre cooked and you're not too uptight about how hot it actually gets. 

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Put them in a box and store them, in anticipation of the coming apocalypse!

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28 minutes ago, Cat Brules said:

Put them in a box and store them, in anticipation of the coming apocalypse!

:o

Then in 10 years throw them away after moving a couple of times...

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37 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

Then in 10 years throw them away after moving a couple of times...

 

 

Sounds like the voice of experience.  :lol:

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C-4 Just don't stamp out the fire!

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“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”

 

Cat Brules

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11 hours ago, Alpo said:

Can they be used to heat anything ELSE, besides something in a pouch?

 

Say for example you have a half a dozen of these ration heaters, but no pouched foods. Could you use one to warm up a can of chili (or something)?

 

With a little understanding of how they actually work the answer is yes you could design a way to heat almost anything.

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:ph34r:  If you DID heat a CAN of food , you'd want a small vent hole punched in the lid, and a means to prop it up so the can stays upright.  Many times I've heated 2 MRE

entrees in one heater with fine results.

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Just remember they release toxic gasses, so sealed pouches are important. At Annual Training one year we had a soldier place one under some leftovers from the chow hall and cover it will aluminum foil. The chemicals condensed into the food and put him in the hospital.

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This I did not know.

 

I have three different types. One I believe is the GI one. It appears to have four chemical packs, and says to lean it against "a rock or something".

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Then we have one that has one large chemical pack, and doesn't say anything about a rock.

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The third one looks like the first one, and mentions the rock, but it says that requires salt water to work, and it comes with a little pouch of saltwater.

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Strange.

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On 1/24/2020 at 6:54 PM, Mud Marine,SASS#54686 Life said:

C-4 Just don't stamp out the fire!

 

I remember C-4 gave off some serious fumes when burned.  Not too good in an enclosed area

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