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Old 07-24-10, 05:17 PM
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I also really like the Optimus Nova stove. I had gone thru 2 in about a year. Both broke at the base of the Burner Unit

http://www.optimusstoves.com/fileadm..._schematic.pdf

the whole of the design funnels down and focuses itself at a central "Burner Nut" part# 8018

the mating pice to that nut is the burner assembly "Burner Nova" part# 8402

both stoves broke at the threads

I admit, that in those days, I really loved this stove, and I burned it a lot
I used it like an appliance
I was living out of doors a bunch
and it was my stove... I used it a lot. a lot of sitting around reading a book and making tea, etc...

I broke 2 of them
then changes to a Snow Peak White Gas

which is very much like the WhisperLite
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Old 07-29-10, 12:56 PM
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used a whisperlite for my trips, agree on teh sooty aspect of it, but it was what I had, it fit into my pot easily (in a bag) and worked reliably. I really only used it to boil water for spaghet and to heat up a spagh sauce, so nothing fancy.

liked it just cuz it is so small, but yes, finicky a bit with the wind thing and the sootiness.

on european trips, used a "bluet" type stove, with the screw on blue nat. gas thingees, were easy to find in towns and villages in France. Not sure of today, probably though.
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Old 07-29-10, 01:09 PM
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Whisperlight Internationale is good for for boiling stuff , works on Pump unleaded gas/petrol.
Dragonfly also uses the gas from the pump, offers K jet, will actually let you cook things that need a simmering heat.

I sandblasted the bottom of my pots, and painted them with Black auto exhaust header high temperature paint .

22 Oz fuel bottle of MSR's fits in a waterbottle cage , I like the Original Profile ones ,
I added a toe-strap around the cage so it is secure in the under the down tube location .. Ideal ..
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Old 07-29-10, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Whisperlight Internationale is good for for boiling stuff , works on Pump unleaded gas/petrol.
Dragonfly also uses the gas from the pump, offers K jet, will actually let you cook things that need a simmering heat.

I sandblasted the bottom of my pots, and painted them with Black auto exhaust header high temperature paint .

22 Oz fuel bottle of MSR's fits in a waterbottle cage , I like the Original Profile ones ,
I added a toe-strap around the cage so it is secure in the under the down tube location .. Ideal ..
Yeah Whisperlites don't have much in the way of flame adjustability. I have never had a dragonfly but friends have, and they all liked that one a lot.
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Old 07-30-10, 01:26 PM
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My $.02. I have been using the Primus Multi fuel stove the past few years based on advice from this forum. I have used this stove a lot and it works great but now I wish I would not have bought it. I think it is complete overkill. I have only used butane in it and only want to use butane in it. The compressed gas works great - it is very easy to use and clean, light weight, and lasts a long time. Since then I have gotten into backpacking and the problem is that the stove weighs a pound not including the bottle and pump or fuel canister and takes up precious space in a bag. After my last back packing trip I ordered the Brunton version of the Pocket Rocket. Many backpackers use these as they weigh between 3 to 4 oz and fit into your cooking pot and they work really, really well. The larger size 16 oz gas cylinders last one person a month easy. Unless you are going to be gone for more than a month, like on a cost to cost tour or in a foreign country, I just don't see the need for multi fuel. Also, these multi fuel stoves cost 2 to 3 times more than the butane only stoves. For most working people like me it is hard to get a way for that long and not worth spending money on an option you are not going to use very much.
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Another vote for the MSR Dragonfly. I've had mine for over 5 years without as much as a burp...most reliable stove I've ever had
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Old 07-30-10, 05:21 PM
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My vote goes to Svea 123.Not real lightweight by todays standards but will burn anything you put in it,mines 40 years old and have done NOTHING to it,no pump,solid brass,1 moving part, built in wind screen,you can actually cook on it (adjustable flame)and you can throw it off a cliff and it still works.

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Old 07-30-10, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by nancyj View Post
I never did any serious cooking other than heating water and love the little Esbit stoves. Cheap. Light. A step above sterno which went several backpacking trips.
I recently used an Esbit tablet stove on a 5 day backcountry backpack trip into the Grand Canyon. It was excellent for heating a bit of water for tea or Mountain House meals. The reviews of it on rei.com had great suggestions how to get the most out of one of these stoves.
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