User Review: Optimus Svea
This is one of those products that just will not quit. I bought mine in the mid '80s and just returned from a backpacking trip to Mt. Whitney where the stove preformed as well as it did back then. Nothing has ever gone wrong with this stove.
I painted the original pot that was included with bar-b-que paint when I first purchased it and it is still in great shape. When I first bought it there were alot of "lightweight" stoves just starting to come out and after using it once or twice, I thought it was maybe too heavy, too this, too that, but as time passed, I realized that it is reliable and long-lived because of the weight and simplness of the stove. There is not a bunch of setting-up or unfolding to do in order to get to your fire. I am very impressed by simple design that works well.
I sometimes want to go out just to be able to enjoy this stove. I have tents, boots and backpacks that I enjoy for that same simple design reason. I don't know if they make a product that is this simple and works this well today. Worth finding a used one and paying whatever they want for it.