User Review: Optimus Crux
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $97 AUD bought with the Terra Weekender Cookset
Burns hot and folds small at the great price.
- Tiny storage size
- Boils fast
- Folding head is slightly unstable
Bought this stove for an upcoming trip to the Overland Track in Tasmania.
Straight out of the box I was amazed at how small this stove folds up, fitting easily into the dome underneath the gas canister both of which fit easily inside the Terra weekender saucepan and frying pan set. Coupled with the weekender kit you have a complete set for one that takes up just a little more space than a Nalgene bottle.
Once I saw the size of the burner I thought the stove would perform quite poorly, boy was I in for a surprise, this stove burns hot, boiling a liter of water faster than my electric kettle at home. Setup was also a breeze taking less than a minute to get it all ready. However the gas control can be a bit sensitive making a simmer a little fiddly, but still easily achievable.
I've only used this stove a couple of times so I can't yet comment on the amount of gas it uses but I've made several meals and the gas canister still doesn't feel any lighter.
The price for this stove is reasonable with the burner and cookset coming in at under $100.
As with a lot of stoves this size the small legs can make larger pots a little unstable so you have to be a little careful about how everything's positioned especially given that the folding head can wobble a little bit. The lack of automatic ignition might also irritate some people who don't like to carry a separate lighter.
To summarize I'm very happy with this stove it packs small and burns hot, exactly what I need.