User Review: Optimus Svea
Price Paid: Nothing - it was inherited
How many things do you own that always work as they're supposed to, and always have worked for more than 30 yrs? Probably not too many. This little wonder is in that elite company.
I inherited mine from my Grandfather who used it to boil water on his row-boat when we spent nights fishing. It always worked. It has been on the Larapinta trail in Outback Australia and always worked. It has been beach camping on Fraser Island, mountain climbing in the Snowies and car camping all around Australia and always worked.
The way I see it the little additional effort to light it and the extra minute it takes to boil a litre of water gives you more time to enjoy the view. It is the reliability (and the stored memories of all the places it has been faithfully looking after you and keeping you company) that make it a priceless piece of kit. Only my Trangia cookset has shared the same good times