Mystery stove, Burmos or Primus ?

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  1. Bigbear

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    Bought this stove for a fiver the other day, thought it was a primus as the filler cap says that on both sides, but the pressure release key says British and Burmos on either side.
    No engraving like the Primus 5 in the pic on the right.
    What is it likely to be ? A Burmos with a spare filer cap from Primus ?
    Any idea what model ?
    Thanks as ever.
     
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    Hi @Bigbear Both filler cap and air-screws are detachable from the mystery stove, so not a reliable indication of parentage.
    Some Burmos stoves had a concentric fold on the tank base, like this example:

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    What does you tank base look like?

    The shape of the top of the legs/ pan-supports on your stove are also quite distinctive, with a very open bend. Again some 2-pint Burmos stoves had this type of bend, whereas Primus never did until after assimilated into the Primus Trading Co. post 1962.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Yes, its got that fold so it must be a Burmos. Thanks so much.
    Any thoughts as to the model ? will primus parts be suitable for a refurb ?
     
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    Hi, probably a Burmos 5S from late 1940s/early 1950s.
    Fixed leg, silent burner, around 2 pint capacity kerosene stove:

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    Very similar to these three examples:

    Burmos

    Burmos Fixed 3 Legger

    Burmos No 5 ?

    And yes, your Burmos should accept Primus parts.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Just as well it was a Burmos, it went straight in the Stove Reference Gallery as one. I’m not a stickler for forum protocol @Bigbear but your query would have been better placed in the Stove Forum.

    This bit’s where someone can find examples of stoves already identified to refer to - close up shots, details.

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    Looks like one of mine. Photo of base, distinguishing feature, a reference.

    John
     
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    Hi @presscall I do apologise for not referencing your bottom.
    Please forgive me,
    Regards,
    George.
     
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    Sorry, new to the forum, no intention to offend, will note for the future.
     
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    So helpful, you must spend too much time doing this ( as if that were possible, already thinking about buying more !).
    Regards
    Nick
     
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    @Bigbear
    Hey Nick, absolutely no offence. I feel a p*llock now for mentioning it. Just wanted to assist in helping you into things.
    George, you devil!

    John
     
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    OK got new burners but cannot prick the jet, is it worth trying to soak whatever is in there or do I need to replace the nipple ?
    Many thanks.
     
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    PS got an odd look from my wife when I said that I had problems nipple pricking.....
     
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    Moved so all's good! :thumbup:
     
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    @Bigbear

    If the jet is blocked soaking the nipple in paint thinners or acetone may help.
    If that fails I heat the nipple to dull red and drop it into cold water. Repeat if necessary.
    Usually works for me.
     
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    Thanks, will try that, apologies for not starting a new thread in the right place.
     
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    Well, IT WORKS ! My first successful fettle, thanks tomall the help Ive had.
    Waht a great feeling when it fired up first go, but I guess you all know that feeling too, or you wouldn’t be on here !
    Thanks again folks.