User Review: Optimus Svea
Price Paid: $89
I have another multi fuel stove that is very good and has not failed me. I bought this stove because it looked neat, like something a Sherpa might have in his pack. I sometimes buy things just for the because factor. This was one of those things.
The first time I pulled it out my mates all did the Wow that is neat, does it work? thing. I had test fired the little devil prior to the trip and knew it was a worker. I went thru the pre-ignite ritual, using some fire starter paste and then stuck the match to the starter, it flared a bit and the settled down to a steady flame. After about 40 seconds I turned on the fuel valve and the thing let out a very satisfying roar.
First product was hot water for a cup of tea. It did a fantastic job of boiling the water in record time. It earned the OOHs and AAAhs of those present. I had several offers to purchase, but turned them down.
It is a great little stove, reliable, economical and burns hot, even in the Tetons on a cold winter day or night. It doesn't take up much space and is fairly light weight even with a tankful of fuel.