Optimus 111b stove

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Optimus 111b stove

Postby rebelrider.mike » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:51 am

Hey folks,
I thought I'd share my old camp stove I inherited from my grandfather. I think it was made around the 1950's or 60's. I fixed it up with a few new bits, and now it makes a fantastic little stove for motorcycle camping.

Runs best on white gas, but I've also tried gasoline and kerosene. Gasoline is fine, but leaves lots of soot. Kerosene will work, but it doesn't evaporate fast enough, so it tends to spit a lot.
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Re: Optimus 111b stove

Postby Atomic77 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:32 am

She's a beauty. I get excited about gear like this. I have several pieces in my collection and what I've learned is, multi-fuel is for only in a pinch. That's it. White gas is supreme. Period. Other fuels will work but at a price. Soot. Carbon. Clogged venturi's and passageways. Stick to white gas whenever you can and it will live a long healthy life. Nice piece.

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Re: Optimus 111b stove

Postby tony.latham » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:47 am

Those are super stoves. Your photos are giving me flashbacks to dinners and hot drinks cooked in the openings of snow caves. (No wonder I love camping out of a teardrop!)

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Re: Optimus 111b stove

Postby itlives » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:09 pm

Mikee likes!
I look for things like these but they're getting harder and harder to find!
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Re: Optimus 111b stove

Postby GuitarPhotog » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:52 pm

I have that same stove, branded as a Primus model 30. I paid $60, a small fortune at the time, for it in 1971.

It's a good, light, backpacking stove. It heats a quart of water to boiling in almost exactly 4X the time as my Coleman propane stove, for which I paid $59 in 2005.

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