User Review: Optimus Nova
Price Paid: 125 euros
Being a wildlife biologist primarily working in Africa I need a reliable multi-fuel stove. For years I have used the MSR-XKG, the granddaddy of them all with great pleasure. But, I have to admit, the plastic pump was not exactly reliable. Two years ago I switched to the Optimus Nova. I have extensively tested it on a variety of fuels (African (dirty) fuels that is!) and never had any problems.
You can switch between fuels without any problems, the pump is made of indestructible aluminium and the stove itself is stable and packs small. Power output is also very high and it is easy to tune the flame to a shimmering setting. Repairs are also fairly easy! I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best stoves out there. I used it without problems for months now in the African savanna, highly recommended!