(Yet another Swedish
backpacking gear company…)
- A Swedish firm, established in 1899,
recently purchased by Katadyn Group.
- Optimus stoves include the famous Svea 123 stove. Back in
1970, Optimus acquired the Svea 123 brand.
Optimus stoves are quite varied...
...They got the cool stove-in-a-suitcase (8r/111/hiker).
...They got the Nova and Nova + for liquid fuel.
...They also got some really small gas stove - the Crux.
Optimus 8r/ optimus 111/ optimus hiker
is a real cool stove. On the one hand, it's meant to be used on the
campground. On the other hand, it's quite small. It is basically a
stove in a suitcase. BUT - It is neither small enough nor light enough
it on the trail.
It started as "Optimus 8r". Later on came few
versions called "Optimus 111". The 111 got few variants that use
different fuel types. You can still easily get one on ebay.
Optimus sells it in the
stores as "Optimus hiker +". It's burner is
the same one as the Nova's. The great thing about it, is that it can
run on all kinds of fuels.
- Weight: 56Oz/ 1590gr
- Fuel tank should be enough for about two hours.
- It can use Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel
and jet fuel.
Optimus Nova and Optimus Nova+
is the multi fuel Optimus stove. It got a newer version
named Optimus Nova plus. The "Plus" stands mainly for the new control
valve. The valve now seats on the connection to the fuel bottle.
Both Novas are expected to run for about 2.5 hours on a 450ml
bottle. On most
cases, The Nova Plus cost a few bucks more.
on Optimus Nova...
- Weight: 15.34OZ (435gr)
- Can run on Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel
and jet fuel
on Optimus Nova plus...
- Weight: 15OZ (425gr)
- Can run on Optimus Arctic Fuel, white
gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel
- An improved control valve that uses the
fuel hose on the connection to the bottle.
Optimus Crux and Optimus Crux lite
is Optimus' canister stove. It got two variants. The "lite" is a bit
lighter but doesn’t fold as small as the other one. The lite
about 15$ cheaper.
Personally, I'd go for the "heavier" version. It folds really cool. You
can actually tack it on the bottom of the canister.
- Weight: 2.92OZ (83gr)
- Folds so nicely, you can store it in the bottom of the gas
- Get one here.
Verify you get the Crux, not the Crux light.
on my favorite Optimus stove...
Crux - Assembled
- Weight: 2.54OZ (72gr)
- The few grams missing is the lack of
the folding mechanism.
- Besides that, it practically got the
same abilities of the Crux.
And now, applause to the classic - SVEA 123 !
It's not exactly an Optimus stove... Optimus bought SVEA in 1970. The
stove hasn't changed since then.
- Not the lightest, not the most
efficient, but undoubtedly, the
most classic of them all!
- Weight: 19Oz (550gr)
- Diameter: 3.9inch (10cm)
- Expected to run for about 50 minutes on
it’s built in tank.
- Runs on white gas only.