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Companion (Svea) Stove

Discussion in 'Companion' started by Sedgman, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Sedgman

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    Companion stoves (and Blowlamps) are well known in Australia and there are several examples posted in this Gallery. Most people know that these were made under licence from Max Sievert of Sweden and probably based directly upon Svea models. Interestingly of the stoves in the Gallery all seem to be branded with the Companion stove logo and have flat air relief screws with the Companion name on them. I am suggesting they may be slightly later models than the ones below (two in the Gallery I cannot determine).

    I am guessing that the earliest model Companion Nbr 1 and Nbr 5 stoves (there seems to be both) are more closely connected to Svea as the Svea logo appears on them as well as the word Svea on one side of the air release screw and on the other side is Companion. Similarly with the top ring. I think these models are earlier and are less common.

    Doc Mark posted a nice example of this stove Link in a forum a fair while ago.

    I have found one of these models too a few years back.

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    I am also pondering if later model Companion stoves used a round brass knob (12.95mm diam.), for the pressure release screw, the same as on Companion blowlamps. In a post there is a picture of a Companion stove with such an air release screw. Link. I do fully realise it may have been swapped there but I am speculating it may be the case that later models did use the same air release screw.

    Anyway I will probably clean it up soon (the stove that is!)

    Iain Sedgman
     
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    Interesting what you say about the drum airscrew knob and the Sievert/Companion links.

    There's one of those airscrews on this Svea 100 of mine and they appear in some contemporary catalogue examples in the Stove Ref Library. No marking/engraving on the airscrew but I've no reason (given the catalogue examples) that it's not original

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    John
     
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  3. Sedgman

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    Hi Presscall, that is a nice looking stove. Certainly is interesting similarity with the air release screw. Thanks for highlighting it.

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  4. Tony Press

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    Iain

    That theory is very plausible. I'll rat through my stoves and see what I've got in the Companion line unfettled.

    It's probably worth looking at "Companion" blow torches to see whether there is a similar pattern to the SVEA/Companion markings.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  5. Tony Press

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    When I was in TW Sands on Tuesday, I looked at two of their old Companion blowtorches. Each had "Companion" on one side of the release screw, and "SVEA" on the other, just like your pic above.

    Tony
     
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    Thanks Tony, I am certain as we get more information the understanding of the Companion stoves and blow lamps will come together. I'll keep you posted if I find out more.

    Regards

    Iain Sedgman
     
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    shagratork United Kingdom Moderator Subscriber

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    I have a Companion stove with the same airscrew shown in presscall's photo of a Svea stove.