Finally, an Optimus Loke 85!

Discussion in 'Optimus No:85 Loke' started by Doc Mark, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. SMolson

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    More speculation here regarding potential reasons leading to this model's short run.

    On the safe side it's probably a good idea to stick with kerosene. With her mythic name 'Loke' it should be mandatory that every Swedish household own at least one. ;)
     
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    Hi Doc, I'll throw in my congrats as well. Well done on finding this nice rare beast. Great photos and commentary. ATB-Rick
     
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    Hi Doc,

    Yes it makes sense .. think I need to empty a can of beer and try making one of those :mrgreen: Oi oi oi .. Finding an Optimus #9 would be great: It will be out there and we all get lucky some day :D
    Anyway: Congratulations with the Loke !!

    Peter
     
  4. Doc Mark

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    Evening, Gents,

    Thanks, Steve and Rick. I agree that the Loke is very probably safest when used with kerosene, and just like the Optimus Ranger #10, which had lots of problems and was discontinued, despite the fact that it is a fantastic little stove, MOST of those problems were from morons trying to burn CF in a stove that was specifically designed to burn kerosene!! CF = higher pressures, and popped SRV valves, hence: All the"My stove blew up, and it's unsafe and should be dumped", comments! I've used one of my Ranger #10's more than a little, always burning kero, and nary a single problem. I can see, however, with the burner so close to the fuel tank, and NO heat shield (by design) that the #10 would probably blow it's cork if I used it with CF, or any more volatile fuel. As you shared, Steve, I'm betting the Loke got the same bad rap, when in truth, the owners were at fault. Go figure..... Thanks, again, Gentlemen, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    Hi, Peter,

    Thanks, again, and here's to good luck for us all, in regards to finding our Opti #9 stoves!! :thumbup: 8)

    Doc
     
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    I bought my Loke 85 in the late 90s, and no they were not more expensive, it was rather that they weren’t all that inventive when those new stoves with remote bottle and pump were lighter in weight, and suddenly became all the rage.
    Also, they can by pumped too hard by inexperienced and unthinking users (as I had to learn), and replacing all those bulging, wobbly bottles may have become expensive.
    And that’s quite the hard pill to swallow for a market where the market for summer camping were also filled with canister stoves, and these multi fuel stoves became winter camping only for most people.

    As for me, I have mostly been interested in summer camping and lighter options for a while, and have only “grown into” winter camping lately. I have worried about my old Loke’s capacity as a snow melter and got myself a “modern” MSR Whisperlite, but that again is quite hard to use for simmering.

    Back to my old Loke and the fettling...