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Svea

rated 4 of 5 stars As others have said, super simple. But most are wrong saying it is heavy. I have an old 123 and a newer 123R. The 123 is significantly lighter. I don't carry the silly aluminum top/cup. The stove full of fuel weighs 509 grams. With an MSR 325 mL bottle, the total stove and fuel bottle and fuel weighs 850 grams. Compare that to my MSR SuperFly canister stove. The stove is 175 grams but with two canisters weighs 889 grams, giving about the same burn time as the full Svea plus the 325 mL gas. I think… Full review

8R

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 42+ years old, and the 8R still works. My Primus 8R was a Christmas gift to my late father when he was Scoutmaster for my Boy Scout Troop. It performed admirably on many campouts and backpacking trips, most notably when Dad and I hiked the Chilkoot Pass gold rush trail from Alaska into British Columbia in 1972. I also used it in the field when I was in the Army Artillery. Recently I pulled it out, filled with fresh Coleman fuel, and fired it up. It doesn't seem to "roar" as loud as I remember, but… Full review

Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars Used for nearly 20 years without a single problem. I bought my Optimus Nova new back in 1996/1997 for a cycling trip across France. I have only ever run it on petrol and have never once cleaned it or used the magnetic cleaning tool. It has been across France twice, both times for around 3 to 4 weeks. It has recently done a tour of Scotland, also lasting 3 weeks, and in the spanning years there have been numerous weekend camping trips. My model came in a triangular cordura type bag that enables me… Full review

8R

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Was given to me from a good friend. Never failed. Slow to boil but works. Got a Peak canister stove and the 8r outdid the modern Peak stove. Totally indestructible. Didn't get a manual, so if it stops working I won't be able to fix it. So sad. My son will get it when I venture on my last hike. Full review

111B

rated 5 of 5 stars Summer 1972, my wife and I motorcycled from Los Angeles, Calif., to Anchorage, Alaska, and back on a BMW R75/5. Our only source of cooking heat was an Optimus 111B, which performed trouble-free the whole time we were on our adventure.   We used it for cooking all sorts of meals, heating bathing water, and even used it to heat the crankcase of the BMW when near freezing weather made it impossible to start the bike in the morning when the oil was too thick for a battery or kick start. A friend who… Full review

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Backstory

Optimus is a Swedish company that has been manufacturing outdoor stoves for more than a century. At the end of 2007 Optimus was integrated into the Katadyn Group.

Optimus Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus
Congratulations to member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! He won a backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 31, 2014

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen
What's your most dependable outdoor gear? Review your gear, apparel, or footwear now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 23, 2014

Filter, Food, Fire: Win $300 of Kataydn-Optimus Gear
Stay hydrated and well fed on the trail this summer, if you win $300 worth of outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 16, 2014

Review Your Gear to Win $300 of Katadyn-Optimus Gear
Review your outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a complete backcountry camp kitchen worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 9, 2014

Win a Backcountry Kitchen from Katadyn and Optimus
From stove to spoon, filter to food, we're giving one gear reviewer all the essentials for a backcountry camp kitchen, thanks to the folks at Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire ($300 value). Read more
July 1, 2014

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen
Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system. Read more
August 1, 2013

Contact

Optimus of Sweden
Katadyn Products Inc.
Birkenweg 4
Wallisellen
8304
Switzerland

phone: +41 44 839 21 11
fax: +41 44 830 79 42

website: www.optimus.se
email: outdoor@optimus.se

Katadyn North America Inc
4830 Azelia Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55429
USA

phone: (763) 746-3500
toll-free: (800) 755-6701
fax: (763) 746-3540

website: www.optimusstoves.com
email: cs@katadyn.com

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