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Optimus/Primus? Svea 123R

in Stoves - White Gas

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3.50 / 5 (2 reviews)

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Joseph Schwartz
( HikerJoe25 )

Optimus/Primus? Svea 123R on 03/22/2013 09:23:40 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

This all brass stove is configured like a canister stove but uses white gas. The 2/3 cup capacity of the fuel tank is too small for melting more snow than what results in a liter of water, if you bring it to a boil. This greatly limits it's useefulness since it is too heavy for 3 season use. My winter camping techniques involves melting enough snow for 4 liters of water and bringing it to a boil, every morning so I have had to find a better suited stove.

Zorg Zumo
( BurnNotice )
Darn near perfect on 05/23/2013 15:19:20 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

It is the same weight as other white gas stoves, but with fewer moving parts. It is inherently more reliable over a very long history. It is very fuel efficient and the maximum heat output and flame adjustment is more than adequate for cooking. It is adequate, but not spectacular, for snow melting for a single person, especially if used with a heat exchanger pot. I would give it a 5 if someone would make one out of anodized aluminum, as it would be perfect for all seasons. As it is, I carry this only in cold weather.

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