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Old 04-05-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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I've been told it's a big world full of people with different interests.
So I gotta ask, any stove collectors/fans out there?

I was goofing around with a lousy Coleman 2-burner (it was a gift. The PO had run it on either turpentine or paint thinner

I had zero luck with this - I was kind of relieved actually, but dragged out a small stove we got when a store closed a dozen years ago, and lit it. Granted it's Coleman's take on a backpacking stove, and as dull and industrial as only an MBA could make it. But still, there's something ...

Mrs RedSHED often talks of fond childhood memories involving sitting around campfires. I've none of those, but can conjure up dozens involving a little brass Primus and lonely lakes in the Andes whose names are only pronouncable in Quechua, deserted sections of beach, or motorcycle camping with my parents.

When I got big enough to get off the back of the motorcycle I started bicycling, and mostly used a propane canister. No magic to that of course, it's only the roar or sputter of a classic stove (and the smell of white gas) that brings it all back.

So... 'fess up, who's got a soft spot for brass?
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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I've got several of those little backpacking stoves in brass. Svea, Primus, Optimus, etc. I don't think they ever die. I've got a Svea that I may have gotten in about 1965 and I think it works as well today as the day I got it. The only shortcoming is that it has only two operational regines: blowtorch and off. Simmering is not it's strong suit. The silence is just deafening in some wilderness place when you're done cooking / boiling water and finally shut 'er off!

Lots of memories of cooking dinners in remote places with these little guys, sometimes melting snow for water. Just last summer went on a short 25 mile overnight hike with a friend and it was hard not to take one of the "old guys" along. But aging bones and tired muscles won out and the little titanium propane thing made the trip.

But the brass ones have a nostaliga value all their own.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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Yes, I have an Optimus 99 purchased in the mid '70s which has many motorcycle miles on it. The stove's favorite memory is cooking oatmeal one morning while camping in Yellowstone and a moose was wandering around the campground near the ladies restroom. I was watching and being quiet a few yards away, and was very amused by all the people coming out of the facility, walking right past the moose, and never seeing it. The moose was getting edgy and finally started running --- that's when everyone else noticed him.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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I have a Svea that I've had for 38 years. I also recently bought a Optimus Nova which simmers just great.
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I never had a brass stove. My first camping stove was a Coleman Peak that served me very well when I cycled the UK in 1984


After many years of reliable service the Coleman died and I replaced it with a MSR Whisperlite. Several packpacking trips and a cycling trip from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, California in 1997, this little stove is still going strong.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:29 PM   #6
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You really need one of everything. I use a WWII "jeep" stove when out on the road. It will burn leaded gas (aviation fuel) without fouling. Car gas now is unleaded and will work in most stoves, but shouldn't be left for long periods since other additives in it decompose and make nasty deposits. I like the old kerosene stoves just because they're difficult.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:41 PM   #7
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When I got big enough to get off the back of the motorcycle I started bicycling, and mostly used a propane canister. No magic to that of course, it's only the roar or sputter of a classic stove (and the smell of white gas) that brings it all back.

So... 'fess up, who's got a soft spot for brass?
I have three stoves. One old Coleman dual burner, One reasonably old MSR XGK II and a MSR Whisperlite.
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:47 PM   #8
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No need for the modern stoves, the Svea uses less fuel even if it doesn't simmer as well or bring things to a boil as quick. The Sigg Tourister Cook set really helps and holds all my plates and kitchen utensils. Beside, when I am on vacation I don't need to rush. I just update my backup Svea with a new center stem with the self cleaning feature, use it every year on my motorcycle trips. Kept my original, a 1973, original!
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:48 AM   #9
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Dear Li'l Sis still has & uses my 40-something year-old Svea. I finally gave it up because my backcountry diet consists mainly of rice and I got tired of eating the crunchy black stuff on the bottom of the pot.

Had one o' those butane cartridge deals for a while. It was very convenient except in cold weather or at high altitude. I nicknamed it "The Boss" because you had to sleep with it to get anywhere.

For a decade I used Coleman Peak I & Peak II stoves because they simmered rice nicely and tolerated car gas, which is important when dealing with remote supply sources. After wearing out three of them, I decided to try something more durable.

I now have an MSR Firefly and love the dadgum thing. Simmers beautifully even at altitude in winter, cleans itself most of the time yet is easy to service, uses white or car gas, and runs kerosene / Diesel with a simple jet change. Many of my walkabouts are several months long and cover some of the most remote places still left. It's pretty dang important to be flexible on fuel type.
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Old 04-06-2008, 11:06 AM   #10
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Craftsman: yes, I've got an Optimus Nova, too (but a slightly older one with a less-pretty fuel bottle) and it does a pretty good job ... even simmering. And will the built-in magnetic orifice cleaner, it's easy to "maintain." It's good for the rice, etc.

But it doesn't have the nostalgia value of the older ones. And it doesn't roar like a jet engine on afterburner, and it doesn't fit inside the Sigg Tourist cook set.

Oh, well, I guess it's progress, eh?
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Trangia cook set with alcohol stove, works good except during really cold weather. Pretty much fool proof, no moving parts, just add alcohol and light. Warms up fast and then the fire burns from the ring of orifice. Also have a Swiss army surplus version for the Jeep, not as pretty but works the same.
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Anyone, know anything about an old Primus 347 marine stove?...I've got on in the basement.

Also have a Precision (Primus) backpacking stove about 30 yrs old that I still use...

Thanx for info on the 347

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If it's a marine stove, it probably burns alcohol-most of them do for safety.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:29 PM   #14
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I think it's great that these old stoves still work so well. I just sold my Whisperlite on ebay. I also sold a set of Aluminum Sigg cook pots with lids that I bought in 1970. I don't think that Sigg even makes cookware anymore.The two pots went for $76.55! #120254829447
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