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rated 5 of 5 stars Brilliant in the sort of way that makes people affectionate for the item, in the manner of Tellus vacuum cleaners and the Volvo cars of the time—well engineered, made to last, with sturdy design ethics. I include the instructions that came with the unit, for anyone out there that may find them useful. To prime the unit, I use the shell of an old de-needled syringe that I dip in the tank, place my finger over the hole in the top of the syringe hole to extract the Fuelite, place this in the priming… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Have used my 123R since 1974 everywhere from the Appalachian Trail to winter camping in Yellowstone (true about insulating from snow) and only one problem. Early on I had leaks from the self-cleaning pin. I just removed the pin and it has never leaked again. It is now on the inheritance list for the kids. Setup: EASY. If you can't do this you have no business in the back country. Ignition: Using your hands does really work, but the eye dropper is the best. Ignition: Boiled water and cooked just… Full review


rated 3.5 of 5 stars Quality, heavy, bullet proof. This stove during its glory days should probably have deserved a four-star rating. Now days with lightweight liquid fuel stoves common, it takes a hit of half a star. This was the first liquid fuel stove I ever owned and I agonized long and hard before making the choice. The deciding factor was a simple one. I wanted a stove that sat low to the ground and was stable under every possible condition. I feared that the more common Svea 123 would be tippy in use if the ground… Full review

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rated 5 of 5 stars Small, not expensive, with plenty of heat. I chose the Optimus because the platform for holding a pot is larger than other brands, making it less top heavy. Everything about this stove ranks near the top. It is small, not expensive, easy to use, is not top heavy, and the flame control works well for a canister stove. In the wind there is some benefit to setting it up behind a wind break or making a windscreen. It is very light and dependable. I have used it on my boat during winter fishing trips. Full review


rated 3 of 5 stars I brilliant idea that has its drawbacks. Suited for summer conditions in sheltered areas. This seems like a stroke of genius—make use of the dead space at the bottom of the canister to stow the stove. In principle it is but manufacturing something this compact comes at a price. The designers at Optimus were clever to spot the dead space at the bottom of a gas canister and consider if a stove could be made to fit in it. In this respect it is a brilliant idea. It certainly fits in larger canisters,… Full review

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Optimus is a Swedish company that has been manufacturing outdoor stoves for more than a century. At the end of 2007 Optimus was integrated into the Katadyn Group.

Optimus Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus
Congratulations to member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! He won a backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 31, 2014

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen
What's your most dependable outdoor gear? Review your gear, apparel, or footwear now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 23, 2014

Filter, Food, Fire: Win $300 of Kataydn-Optimus Gear
Stay hydrated and well fed on the trail this summer, if you win $300 worth of outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 16, 2014

Review Your Gear to Win $300 of Katadyn-Optimus Gear
Review your outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a complete backcountry camp kitchen worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 9, 2014

Win a Backcountry Kitchen from Katadyn and Optimus
From stove to spoon, filter to food, we're giving one gear reviewer all the essentials for a backcountry camp kitchen, thanks to the folks at Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire ($300 value). Read more
July 1, 2014

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen
Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system. Read more
August 1, 2013


Optimus of Sweden
Katadyn Products Inc.
Birkenweg 4

phone: +41 44 839 21 11
fax: +41 44 830 79 42

website: www.optimus.se
email: outdoor@optimus.se

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4830 Azelia Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55429

phone: (763) 746-3500
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fax: (763) 746-3540

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