After many weeks of promises, promises, we really do have production at an advanced stage. Andf the 3+ weeks of flu is past.
Here we have a stack of canister connectors with cam valves in place. The next step is to connect up a lot of hoses - one is shown at the bottom.
The green-handled screw-driver at the top is an aid for the aged ... :-) Actually, it was getting painful putting the self-tapping screws into the acetal plastic for the retainer plates because the first insertion is a serious thread-forming process, and the handle of the silver screwdriver was really thin. The fat green handle makes that easy.
All the Nalge bottles at the top - bottles of bits to go into the stove. Amazing how many separate parts are involved.
A range of parts. Untested stoves with burners at the left, then untested stoves without burners, a stove body with the new tripod legs, a fan of tripod legs, a handful of canister connectors with hoses, and finally at the right a handful of hoses.
The hoses do not have the filling cord inside yet, and they don't have the essential little internal heat exchanger rods either. They go in when the hose is connected to the stove body. Tomorrow is another day.
The final stage will be testing: pressure testing for leaks, flow testing for the whole system, and then a burn test for each stove to make sure the darn things work. So far I have caught one hose which was mostly blocked for some reason, and one stove which did not burn correctly. The latter had a foreign jet by mistake, and the fuel/air ratio was all wrong.