A Fine Primus 5, The Last One?

Discussion in 'Primus No:5 (inc S & J)' started by BradB, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. BradB

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    I recently acquired a very nice Primus 5 silent burner. There is a date code on the burner riser that ends in 62, so I assume it is a 1962. On the burner there are two sets of numbers, one of which is 1961. All parts are stamped with "Primus" so I assume it is all original. The NRV pip and pump leather were good. It lost pressure while running so I changed out the cap gasket. Hated to do it, since even the gasket said "Primus" on it, while my replacement does not. I am a bit unclear about the Primus-Optimus change over, but it would appear this stove is either the last of the Primus line or the first of the Optimus conglomerate stoves. It burns beautifully.

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  2. Ray123

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    Hi Brad,
    Nice pictures of a fine Primus 5 with a perfect flame.

    Since it says BAHCO on the tank it was made by B.A. Hjorth & Co. According to this Primus history link by Ross 1962 was the last year of Primus production before Optimus took over.

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    The last AB BAHCO stove of this design was produced in 1964 - I have an example with a six digit number ending in 1964, which is identical to your stove. Peter
     
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    PS: This stove was manufactured by AB BAHCO. The first Optimus-made stoves used some remaining AB BAHCO parts, but this one is entirely B.A.Hjorth & Co. One of the best stoves ever made..Peter