User Review: Optimus Svea
Price Paid: 140
The stove is brilliant, compact and works every time very well. I have had the stove for several years, though starting it especially for the first timers can be challenging. I collect and use all my stoves, as one would know it's integral part of bushwalking and many national parks are going to stove only policy.
From the time you go into the outdoors to have a hot meal at the end of the day, after hard physical activities and a hot cuppa, adds to the enjoyment and each stove I have, has a special memory of time gone by.
The svea 123 has been the best purchase for bush walking I have ever made. It cooks a meal quickly, minimal parts the can be damaged but never have. Some would say there are better stoves out there, and I know you might save a few more grams in weight or have better flame control, however unsurpassed reliability is the svea and optimus products generally in my opinion. The stove continues to maintain its faithfulness, unlike some women in my life.
I can see I will be handing this to the next generation in another 30-40 years, as I think you would have to pry it from my dying hands.