User Review: Optimus Nova
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
Works great, easy to prime, and IT WILL SIMMER!
- Great temp control
- Easy to start
- Rather bulky when folded for packing
Used the Nova (NOT Nova+) recently on a winter backpack trip and my stove was the only one in our group that would simmer resulting in all the meals requiring simmering to be cooked on my stove. The reason is the fuel control valve is located on the stove and not the fuel bottle/pump. Cranks out plenty of heat when the fuel valve opened though.
I use alcohol to prime as it's much safer (no exciting flare-ups if too much used) and doesn't soot up everything. The downside to priming this way is that it's hard to see the flame in the daylight
This stoves runs on white gas/unleaded car gas, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel and the great advantage is not having to change the fuel jet for the different fuels! It also has a magnetic jet cleaning needle built in!
Update on March 21, 2013
This has become my go-to stove even when solo camping. Super easy to use (once you've used it a few times) with excellent heat control. You will never have a problem finding fuel as it burns just about any liquid fuel and no changing jets. If it's really cold, I use gas to prime instead of alcohol as it lights easier.