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Optimus Mini Oven

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  1. Giri

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    Came in the mail today.

    Hope to add some actual baking shots in the near future.

    Seems to rest well atop a Sigg stove holder or a Trangia 27

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    Thank you Kerophile,

    The Omnia cook book is great - I even see that they lifted some of the recipes directly from the Optimus insert.
     
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    Does anyone have a PDF version of this book?

    Zimmerman, Sybil, illustrations by Marion Alderman The Wonders of a Wonder Pot, or cooking in Israel without an oven (1973) Jerusalem: Jerusalem Post Press. She had also written another book: Israeli Cooking on a Budget.


    I have been curious about both of these but obviously not enough to purchase them at collector prices, so if anyone knows if there are electronic versions out there a pointer in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    FB
     
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    I recently baked biscuits on my Trangia clone... they came out pretty good, albeit a little dark on the bottom! Need to use the simmer ring with it!

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    Hi, there is a shaped base piece on Wonder Pots, which has a dual function:

    It acts as a bottom-shield to prevent scorching of the contents, while helping to direct the heat up the central funnel of the oven.

    Have a look at some of these old threads:

    http://classiccampstoves.com/threads/optimus-mini-oven-poor-mans-version.8244/#post-81566

    http://classiccampstoves.com/threads/mini-oven-and-irish-oatmeal-soda-bread.8292/#post-82186

    http://classiccampstoves.com/threads/hipolito-no-1.10052/#post-97486

    http://classiccampstoves.com/threads/wonderpot-stove-top-oven.21386/#post-219750

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    I am pleased to report that the author has reprinted the book - The Wonders of a Wonder Pot

    This blog post from April 17, 2015, written by the author (now last name Kaplan) has her e-mail address listed to contact her.

    I just e-mailed her to inquire if she has any copies left of the reprint.
    Cost is $25 including shipping.

    The other book Israeli Cooking on a Budget is available used on Amazon.com starting at $2.05 plus $3.99 shipping in the USA.
    Unfortunately $20 shipping to Canada.
     
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    Giri, Kerophile,
    Recapping what Giri mentioned far above referring to two ovens, his Optimus mini-oven and the Omnia (they do look very similar at a glance).
    They may be about the same size, Omnia although smaller than my other ovens is not referred to as "mini".
    I note his Optimus lid's recessed handle, makes the top flat across. Omnia lid the handle is up, the top is not flat.
    I now have a banged up Omnia here, I can see the pans differ slightly too.
    Absent side by side image comparisons, dims may be helpful, my Omnia:
    the pan OD: 227 mm, height 63 mm
    volume is 1.5L exactly (measured liquid, full to brim).
    thx omc
    tag @kerophile @Giri
    Omnia sample image, found retail $57 on sale:
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    Update, I noted above two differences: lid and pan.
    In particular note the center of Giri's pan.
    Well as it turns out it is not accurate for me to describe different pan as a difference between Omnia and Optimus. I now see Optimus used different pans along the way (and left to wonder how differences may effect performance).

    Note Bibbt's Optimus pan also differs from Giri's. I see other Optimus examples as well, 1 image below. That said, I've no doubt Giri's is excellent NIB type example as shown.
    -and-
    I also have now translated an OMNIA ad describing it as
    ...like the classic Optimus [mini-oven] now reintroduced...

    In hindsight, my comments above would differ. IE less interest in comparing pans as Optimus at some point used pan that looks exactly like an Omnia/mine.
    Credit Kerophile observation, revert to his impression as it stands "...Omnia and Optimus may be the same Group"

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    The image above is of another NIB Optimus example but w/pan just like the Omnia.
     

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