Widely used for heating up food in the German army were fuel tablets, the commonest of which is Esbit : tablets of hexamethylene tetramine.
The fuel is packed in a paper carton which is carried in the fuel-tablet stove (Esbit Kocher). In the carton there are two cakes of five tablets each, one or more could be broken off from the cake and burned at the same time. This fuel is extremely efficient. The fuel tablet stove is made with three sections of zinc- coated steel. Two identical sections, which form the cover in the closed position and the mess tin supports in the two open positions. These are attached to a third section with a grommet hinge.
This third section is a shallow pan on which the tablets are burned.
Dimples in the metal at appropriate positions hold the stove in either the closed, half open or open positions.
Fuel tablet stove (Esbit Kocher) in open position. When closed, the box of Esbit fuel tablets fits inside and is fully protected against breakage.
Box of Esbit fuel with two original wartime tablet cakes.
Front and back of the factory package box for one fuel stove,
this version is made in the Stuttgart factory.
The Esbit boxes had several prints for commercial use, the army never made a military version of the package. The firm "Schumm" moved from Stuttgart to Murrhardt in 1943, probably because the factory in Stuttgart was destroyed during an air raid.
Other 'Esbit' logo as used after moving to Murrardt. On the sides, two cooking soldiers are drawn.
A selection of different packages: