Optimus No. 00
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Reviewers Paid: $35.00
Built like a tank...indestructible, one burner camp…
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
- Very reliable
- DO NOT USE GASOLINE!
- Somewhat tippy due to a smaller tripod base/use on flat surface.
- Burn time with filled tank (1 pint....do 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.