Built like a tank...indestructible, one burner camp…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: In 1976, $35 (US)


Built like a tank...indestructible, one burner camp stove yet simple to use.
Kerosine ONLY.......Do not use gasoline.
Tippy if heavy items on cooktop, due to smaller tripod base.
As with most stoves, use on a firm, flat surface.


  • Ease of use
  • Compact
  • Rugged
  • Very reliable


  • Somewhat tippy due to a smaller tripod base/use on flat surface.
  • Burn time with filled tank (1 not overfill) about 2 hours


Purchased this little gem while in the Peace Corps (British Honduras '76-'78) and used it daily for my entire two-year tour. Today, while preparing for our retirement backpack trip, I added fresh kero and primed it with isopropyl alcohol to preheat the burner.....FIRED RIGHT UP after sitting unused after 40 years!!!!! This incredible little one burner brass stove out-cooks most modern stoves. Once fully warmed up and pressurized, it will boil 1 quart of water in 3-4 minutes.

Beware: slightly top heavy if using heavy cookware as tripod base is "smallish"! If you can find one on eBay buy it! Rebuild kits are available but unnecessary. 

I look forward to many more years of trail camping/cooking using this great little workhorse. 


Welcome to Trailspace, Brad. I have to be honest, I wasn't even sure what you were reviewing until I got into the cons. Perhaps rewriting your summary would help. Also, some pictures would be great.

2 years ago

Welcome to Trailspace, Brad! I'd love to see some pictures of your 40-year-old Optimus, if you're willing to share some in your review. We don't have any on the site, so that would be very helpful for others to see yours.

2 years ago

Thanks for the revision to your review! What a cool piece of old tech!

2 years ago

Thanks for the pic, Brad! Thanks for sharing a review of this deserving stove.

2 years ago

Welcome to Trailspace Brad. Nice to see someone using one of these great stoves.

2 years ago

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