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Advanced Burner for Field Kitchen Appliances

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-163
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Burner for Field Kitchen Appliances
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-10-C-6516
Award Amount: $69,997.00


The Marines and other military branches are seeking to develop more efficient, more reliable, and safer logistics fuel (JP-8) burners needed for field kitchen cooking appliances. Existing appliances that operate on logistics fuel have a number of significant shortcomings. In some cases, existing burners involve open flames which are inherently inefficient and vent both heat and potentially hazardous combustion products into the kitchen atmosphere. In other cases, the burners have low combustion efficiency, are relatively complex, and have a variety of reliability and maintenance issues. To improve efficiency, comfort, maintainability, reliability, and safety, on this project we will develop an advanced, fully enclosed, premixed JP-8 fuel burner technology that can be mated with a variety of field kitchen appliances, including tray ration heaters. This project will build on an ongoing Army burner development effort at Creare that is focused on griddles. In Phase I, we will adapt our burner technology to the tray ration heater application and develop a half-scale tray ration heater prototype. During Phase II, we will optimize the burner for a full-scale tray ration heater, develop a manufacturing design, and adapt the burner concept to other kitchen appliances.

Principal Investigator:

Darin Knaus
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

James Barry
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No