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rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove for any trip. Classic design and easy to use. Just bought this after anticipating and contemplating the purchase. I have about 8 different types of stoves. I have an old Optimus 8R and have had for 30 years. Thought I would take the plunge and get the older model to see how it works. Tried it in the yard and loved how easy it was to light, quickly it boiled water, and how compact it was. Just wish the pot was bigger with a lid stored somewhere. Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove. I've had several since buying my first one in 1974. The only problem I've had is the rubber gasket inside the cap drying out. Since I've discovered that defect, I've (so far) remedied it by using a Qtip to coat the gasket with vaseline about twice a year. The stove can set up in a minute. I use a funnel to add fuel. Watch out for overflowing fuel. I prime my stove with Coughlan's fire paste. The only drawback is that the stove appears to have only one setting. I can turn the flame down… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Classic design, engineering, and reliability. I cannot add much to the previous review which is very thorough. The 111T burns alcohol, kerosene, or Coleman fuel with a change of the jet and air baffle. The T has a silent burner in place of the roarer burner on the B. The 111B is a Coleman fuel stove. As Erich points out, the CF burner has only one set of vaporizer tubes and the kerosene burner has two sets of vaporizer tubes. I own both of these stoves and they are prized possesions for any camper… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars It is rare in today’s outdoor market for a product to continue with few changes for more than a score of years or even a decade. Stoves are a bit different, requiring more R & D, as well as being based on a couple of basic designs. The Optimus 111B is a design that dates in nearly unchanged form to the 1920s and still performs well to this day. Background: Early pressurized stoves date back to the late 19th century. No one can say for certain who developed the first one, but by the end of… Full review

Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great backpacking stove/pot combo. Stove: Folds flat due to spring loaded mechanism on shaft. This piece is plastic and seems durable for now. Flame control easily adjustable.   Pot/pan: Pot has heat exchange fins built in which (in theory) increases heat transfer efficiency. Also has spring loaded collapsible handle. .95L capacity. Pan doubles as lid.   Used this stove once on the porch so far. First time setup 3 minutes.  .6L of tap water to full boil in 1 min 40 secs. Stove has neoprene sleeve… Full review

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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.

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Win a Backcountry Kitchen from Katadyn and Optimus
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July 1

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen
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August 1, 2013

Outdoor Retailer: Backcountry Camp Gear Preview
From stoves to shelters to headlamps, new equipment promises to make your backcountry campsite warmer, lighter, safer, and more comfortable. Here are a few highlights that make their debuts at Outdoor Retailer next week. Read more
July 28, 2012

Meet Erich, March's most helpful reviewer
Congratulations to community member, canoeist, and climber Erich, author of March's most helpful gear review. The Trailspace community voted Erich's review of his Optimus Svea 123 stove as March's most useful review. Read more
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Optimus of Sweden
Katadyn Products Inc.
Birkenweg 4

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

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

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4830 Azelia Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55429

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

website: www.optimusstoves.com
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