User Review: Optimus Svea
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
I have the SVEA 123R and bought it in 1977. It still works faithfully. Never had a problem. Due to weight, I'm considering a Nova Plus or MSR Whisperlite Universal. Should I make a change?
- Always reliable, no maintenance
- Works at altitude and cold
- Very stable with cookset
- Can't use outback oven
- Longer to boil water than newer stoves
I love this little stove. A dropper full of white gas in the cup under the generator is all you need to light it. Use a match or sparkie. The flame is somewhat adjustable, but not super low.
I have used the Outback oven with this, but very carefully. I made an extra shield to cover the gas tank and that worked, but over time it melted my windscreen (aluminum), part of my cookset.
It takes 7 minutes to boil a liter of water. Not as fast as newer stoves, but then there's no maintenance either. Works better if you shelter it from wind, but the cookset that was made to go with this has a nice windscreen in it and it makes it very stable.
The stove itself packs small and even though I don't use the supplied windscreen and "pot", I take it along to protect the stove. It doesn't weigh much.
Overall, I like this stove.