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    Default MBU V3 burners wanted

    I have a nice MKT that I need to get the MBUs for.
    I have the power unit, but not cables. Planned on making my own if I can't find those for a decent price.
    All the ones on fleebay are $$$.
    Will take the non-V3 version if working good. I can always upgrade them later if needed.

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    If you cannot find MBU's, convert to Propane! My experience is that anything much over 35,000 BTU/hr is not needed, and you can get the burner units for the turkey fryers for less than $50 each. Running the kitchen at the GA Rally for the past 10 years, we have rarely need to run more than two burners on the griddle, and at most three on the stoves, usually only two (three are needed when we do 125+ of the special baked potatoes). We still need to run the burners under the three sinks to keep all the pots and pans clean.

    You missed out on the big sale of MBU's about a year ago at Lockbourne. Groups of 16 MBU's went for $98, and they had almost 100 lots, split between 8 per lot and 16 per lot. Somebody bought them (more like many somebodies) and now that the source is running dry, prices have risen. I'm sad that you are late to the party. You may be able to find some MBU's in the Field Sanitation Center's that show up at auction. Your being on the west coast may mean high shipping costs when you do find them.
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    Thanks for the replies!
    Although I want to have a genuine setup, the gas burner idea is very interesting! The cost is definitely something to consider.
    I would have to figure out tanks, hoses, valves, etc.

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    Google the propane conversion of the military stove M2 & you will find an informative article on how to convert a gas stove to propane & the items you need to get it done right. The author used his for cooking @ events & it worked well & was much safer than the gasoline version.
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    I have no burners at all in this MKT. Just a blank space under all my spots.
    It almost looks like you can get some of those propane burners on stands and slide them right in place!

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    That creates a problem then. If starting from scratch, you would have to size a propane unit that would fit into the space with an elongated burner instead of a round burner like comes in a turkey cooker, although the round one will work okay. None of this will be original, but it will safely work. Keep watching the auctions & something may pop up that is in your price range that fits the bill. I did & the first new stove I got was $85.00 new in crate with a gasoline burner. The next new three were $350.00 each with the improved gas burner, but were the M2A1 burners; these units were sold. I finally traded for a Diesel unit unused for about $75.00 & am good to go. Good luck with the auctions & watch here for someone who may have a few to sell.
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    Yeah, I will only get a diesel MBU if I go military. I don't want to hassle with the older gas ones.
    As for propane, the big round turkey fryer ones will work great under the pots, and on the spot for pans, etc.
    But I want rectangular ones under the griddle for a much better heat pattern.
    I was looking at something like these.
    https://www.grillparts.com/dcs/parts...waApaMEALw_wcB

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    Hammer,
    The propane M2 conversion is an interesting idea, but the original diesel MBU and MBUV3's are the way to go. Seemless install with all the correct cabling and power converters. Original equipment is very easy to work with and always reliable. I have been using MKT's at all the major East Coast Shows, including Sussex MTA, and Gilbert Red Ball Rally. Have cooked for a bunch of people at these shows with no issues at all. Awesome piece of kit! I have all the parts you need to get set up correctly, but like Mike said, shipping will be expensive as far as the MBU's go. Good luck and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer View Post
    Yeah, I will only get a diesel MBU if I go military. I don't want to hassle with the older gas ones.
    As for propane, the big round turkey fryer ones will work great under the pots, and on the spot for pans, etc.
    But I want rectangular ones under the griddle for a much better heat pattern.
    I was looking at something like these.
    https://www.grillparts.com/dcs/parts...waApaMEALw_wcB
    I cooked breakfast on an MKT griddle with just a small gasoline burner (the small ones that fold up into about a 4" diameter can) once at the Florida rally many years ago. Two stumps held the ends off the ground. Had a place almost 18" in diameter that would cook bacon and eggs, and they would remain hot when moved off to the edges. You are correct that there will be a much hotter spot in the middle, but that heat spreads rapidly.
    Mike KK4AIF

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    2nd M35A2 Cargo Truck (G4-41)
    3rd M35A2 Cargo Truck (G4-43)
    2nd M109A3 Shop Van (G4-42)
    MJQ-18 Trailer (10 KW Power Plant) (G4-T3)
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