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It was first invented in 1929 by John Ashley Hart but became a cultural icon and found its true home and place in New Zealand's history during the Second World War. For New Zealand soldiers fighting the deserts of North Africa the Thermette became a standard piece of equipment and earned the nickname the Benghasi Boiler.
The device consists of a tapered chimney surrounded by a cylindrical water jacket standing on a separate base. A fire is lit in the base to boil the water. It is now rarely used in New Zealand due to the popularity of the more versatile gas barbecue. The Thermette is still manufactured and is available in tin plate or copper models.
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