These Companion stoves are quite common here, often listed for sale as 'Primus', now a general term. Hopefully, this will be the last one I ever purchase. The first pic is as received - it ran o.k. but the fount/tank was so hot all over I could barely touch it. Funny thing, after shut down I could hear a faint ping ...... ping....ping. The pressure was relieved, but there must have been residual pressure from the heat perhaps, forcing the fuel back from or to the pick-up tube. I had failed to rinse the tank, just added some kero, borrowed a pump from another stove and fired it up. I drained the tank, before a stripdown, and lo, yellow, smelly fluid - a mixture of 'lamp oil' and my kero. Well, that done it. I gave the burner the heat and quench treatment, but very little soot/carbon came out. Cleaned the jet carefully. Fished out the old filter mesh, cut and fitted a new one. Reassembled, the pump gave strong resistance, finally giving way, and pressured the tank as normal. After the pre-heat, when it fired up on kero, the burner cap, which does need replacing, immediately went red hot all over. Shut down straightaway. Excess fuel in tank ? Excess fuel through the jet ? I'd like to take a hacksaw to this tank, just to see whats inside. It's headed for the scrap bin. From now on I reckon I'll stick to the Roarer, the Cylinder, the 500 and the 533 stoves. And of course the simple, reliable Trangia. Enough is enough. The first pic is during normal running. I didn't get a pic of the stove when it went red hot all over the burner cap as I was so alarmed I had to shut it down fast. The worst part is wondering what I've done wrong, what should have been done to ensure a new life to the old stove ?