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Monitor Minor from early 1930s.

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  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Hi, I recently acquired this rather splendid 1930s Monitor Minor from a friend in England. Here are some photos:

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    The last two photos show the Monitor Minor alongside the very much later Svea 123, for comparison.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. kerophile

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    Hi, Did I hear someone ask "but how does it perform" and "did it pass the kerophile Tea Test?"

    Well, here is the answer and the photographic proof:

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    The Mintor Minor is easily primed and lit. It is powerful yet very controllable as you can see from the flame shots.

    The stove easily passed both the Tea Test and the all-important Turkish Coffee simmer test.

    I believe the Monitor Minor to be a very well-made, quality stove....albeit more than 70-years old.

    The stove tank itself is strongly constructed from heavy-gauge brass which has been brazed rather than soldered, which seems to have been standard practice for petrol-fuelled stoves manufactured in the UK. The tank markings are nice and crisp. The integrated windshield and and pan support structure is made from steel, with a tinted lacquer finish.

    The final photo is a constuction detail and shows that the burner assembly is actually screwed into the tank.

    What a great operating stove!

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hello George,

    Congratulations with this delectable petrol-burner, although I suspect this addition might make you feel rather uncomfortable, being kerophile and that....you still have my address? ;)

    Regards, Mike
     
  4. kerophile

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    Hi Mike, I think my friend thought that I might be running out of kerosene stoves to collect, so he sent me this petrol Monitor to fettle.
    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    Wow gorgeous!!!
     
  6. Wim

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    Splendid stove George! Another one to look out for ;) . Am I right guessing these are older than the 123's?

    Regards,

    Wim
     
  7. Doug Eisemann

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    Very nice little stove. I love the diamond shaped cutouts in the windshield. Somehow they seem to give a very "1930's" look to the stove.

    Also love the little brass nubbins that the shield locks onto. Much more character than the tiny dimples on a 123, but I am sure either serves the function equally well.

    Regards
    Doug E.
     
  8. CWilkins

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    Hello,
    I saw the diamonds and it does indeed look very retro. This American football season has had the players wearing their old style uniforms. The field during one of the games had diamonds in the end zone. They definitely give it that look seeems as though the diamond design was in everything like wallpaper, stereo systems and floor tile. Now even the stoves seem to have followed suit !

    Chuck
     
  9. kerophile

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    Hi Wim, this stove pre-dates the first Svea 123 by at least 20 years.

    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    Hello George

    Great photos of a wonderful bit of history.
    Now why don't people send me stoves like that to fettle?? :shock: :shock:
     
  11. lanevitt United Kingdom

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    Hello George.

    This is a super little stove! Now, having seen this little stove.plus the "everyones favourite" Svea 123, and the stove i am fettling at this moment in time, the Juwel 33u the question is on my mind..

    What stove started off this drum shaped design, who made it and when did it first come out ?
     
  12. kerophile

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    Hi Andrew, I don't know who was first, but certainly by the early 1930s you could chose between the Svea Campus No.3, or one of the Primus No.71 variants, as well as this Monitor Minor.....and that is before you even consider the German makers.

    Lovely flame pattern hasn't it?

    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    Yes, it does look like a good performer throughout the power range..

    I am going to have to try this Turkish coffee one day !!
     
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    Hi George,

    Lovely stove, thanks for sharing. I shall print out a picture and place it in my stove display as a placeholder for when I find one of my own.

    The one's I've seen on ebay to date have ended up in the Far East. Well, they did bid more than me so I've got nothing to complain about :lol: In the meantime I'll keep trudging round the car boot sales and junk shops. One will come up one day.....

    Cheers, Graham.
     
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    Very nice stove, looks like it was comon trend in Europe at the time :)Same as Juwel, Arara, Wiktorin and Svea.
     
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    Hi George

    Very nice little performer :mrgreen: :thumbup:

    & the stoves not bad either :whistle: :D/ :D/ :D :thumbup:

    Stu :mrgreen: :thumbup:
     
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