Melius Un Feu (abt 1920)

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  1. Sedgman

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    This one hundred year old French stove fount and burner was listed in the Mystery Stoves area here.

    Information on the burner can be found here.

    I am appreciative of @janders identifying the stove and providing a Melius document showing the stove. The parts document can be seen in the above-mentioned 'Mystery Stove' thread. Apparently Cobra and Melius are fairly interchangeable.

    It was impractical for me to replicate the stove frame accurately so I used the photos as a guide and built something that would hold the stove fount and burner correctly.

    I used heavy angle iron for the surrounds, 1" RHS for the legs and 5 mm plate with a 105 mm hole in the centre. The stove ended up weighing around 9kg, virtually indestructible but not a hiking stove.

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    The completed stove frame with the stove fitted.

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    This is the image I used to fabricate a stove frame. Note the frame shows 'Melius'.

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    The Melius stove with a Cobra burner.

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    A letter K or something similar is stamped on the pump tube.

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    First attempt at lighting it after replacing the filler cap washer but reusing the pump tube leather washer that was in it.

    Big problem was too much yellow. The jet seemed to be about 0.012" so I swapped it down to a brand new primus/optimus nipple with a jet that appeared to be around 0.010" based on measuring a range of prickers that fitted or didn't fit. The flame seemed a lot more acceptable.

    The stove burns very very smoothly and quietly and pre-heating is very quick and easy.

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    Not bad for just over 100 years.

    Iain


    PS I have not posted this in the stove reference gallery because the frame is home made; maybe it should be there, I don't know.
     
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  3. Tony Press

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    Excellent!!! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:


    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Nice work, Iain. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Great work
    Cheers
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  6. hikerduane

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    Looks pretty good. I had a friend weld up a grate for a Campus stove for me so it could be used. I had to cut and bend the pieces.
    Duane
     
  7. Sedgman

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    Thanks all for the feedback.