User Review: Brunton Optimus Nova
Price Paid: $119 (2002)
I have owned this stove since 2002 and have never had a problem with it, even getting water to boil at 9,500 ft. in Grand Teton Nat'l Park. I mainly use it for winter backpacking now, since I also own a lighter canister stove. I've used both white gas and kerosene without difficulty. It's easy to clean with the included tool and the flip-stop feature really helps to keep the fuel line clear. I've never once had to take it apart. As long as you follow the simple directions, it primes quickly and efficiently, boiling water in about 4 minutes, yet able to reduce to a real simmer if needed.
The smart design creates a very stable surface for large pots, yet packs small enough to fit into my 2 liter pot.
I LOVE this stove! I'm usually enjoying my hot tea while my fellow hikers are still messing with their MSRs.