1953 and 54 Primus 71 stoves

Discussion in 'Stove Forum' started by Robert Radcliffe, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Robert Radcliffe

    Robert Radcliffe United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

    Mar 19, 2019
    Stockport UK
    After I was lucky enough to add an early 71 cookset to my collection I decided to look for some 71 stoves in tins. I picked up two on ebay for low prices (low for ebay) and they turned out to be consecutive years AS (53) and AT(54).
    This it appears was probably a transition year in stove and tin design.
    The stove gaining an SRV fuel cap instead of a solid fuel cap and soldered pin. The case changing from 10 hole design to 11 slot design. I already have the later Primus 71 tin and an Optimus 80 so I was pleasantly surprised by the thicker metal on the earlier cases. It's just a shame the cutaway in the pot support compromises the strength in this crucial area. Presumably why the later tin had a solid pot support.
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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
  2. SimonFoxxx

    SimonFoxxx Subscriber

    Dec 17, 2011
    New Zealand
    Nice pair! Like you, I have some P71's from the early 1950's. As you quite rightly observe, it is an interesting time of transition of design. Myself, I like the design simplicity and functionality of the Primus 71 and Optimus 80 series. Very reliable too. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon Foxxx