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  1. Erik Berry

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    Hello all. I had no idea such a community existed! I inherited my grandfather's personal Coleman 530 he used in WW2 and I've become interested in starting a collection. Any advice on buying my first Primus B8 is greatly appreciated. What to look out for what's a good price etc. Thank you for allowing me to join your group.

    Erik
     
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    @Erik Berry

    Hi Erik,
    Be careful. Collecting stoves can be fun and fun is habit forming.

    So, the 520 and 530 stoves are sometimes confused. If your grandfather's stove was used in WWII it was probably a 520 (designed by Coleman but made by a few others as well). The 530 was the civilian version but was introduced soon after the war, '46 &'47. The stove you have could easily be either one and an easy way to tell the difference (short of a picture) is by the finish and the number of vertical supports in the pot stand portion. Three supports and a painted font, it is most likely the 520; if there are four supports and it is plated it is the 530 (assuming it is one or the other).

    Hollywood has made the mistake, on occasion, of using a 530 in war movies. We often forgive that if the movie is otherwise good.

    I cannot help with the Primus question.
     
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    Welcome, Erik.

    I’m not sure what you mean by Primus B8.

    Tony
     
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    Guessing he means an 8R
     
  5. Erik Berry

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    Yup, fat fingered it.
    Great entrance
     
  6. Erik Berry

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    image.jpg It’s got 1945 stamped on side and bottom of aluminum canister. Green painted brass
     
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    Welcome to CCS!

    That's a fine stove, and the folks here can help you get it running well.

    Do you have any stories or history on the stove and your grandfather's use of it?
     
  8. Erik Berry

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    I have his pith helmet and helmet liner with insignia on the side.

    I meant to say Optimus 8R stove.
     
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    Nice 520. The fact it was your grandfathers makes it special. Welcome to CCS. Btw how many feet does it have on the bottom?
     
  10. Erik Berry

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    Three. It’s got a little wrench and a metal tube, I assume this is spare parts I read about.

    image.jpg
     
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    Howdy, @Eric Berry,

    Welcome to CCS!! It's wonderful that you have your Grandfather's field stove!! Not many of us are so lucky and blessed! The 520 is a great stove, and IMHO, much better than the 530. Thanks for sharing the photos, too. We do love photos, here at CCS!! Please consider subscribing here, as there is a TON of great information available, here at CCS, and as a subscriber, you would have access to all of it!! A subscription is inexpensive, and if you are considering getting into collecting, WELL worth your going for it!! Have fun, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    Eric;

    Welcome to this forum also from Connecticut!

    I'm only an occasional visitor (compared to the serious stovies also found here...no insult intended!...we all have our neurosis!), but that's a pretty cool family heirloom, and the experts here will help you to get it to continue to give good service again...that is if it needs anything at all!

    Cheers
     
  13. Erik Berry

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    I put white Coleman gas in it and it works perfectly
     
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    ...like I said...if it needs anything at all...besides fuel, and a light!

    Cheers
     
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    What an awesome entry. Your grandfather's stove.
    :thumbup:
     
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  17. Erik Berry

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    What’s the significance of the number of feet it has? I saw a video of one very similar to mine with four feet.
     
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    Four feet good, three feet better.
     
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    Welcome Erik !
    Some of the 520s are exceptional but most are 1942 - 45 made by Coleman and AGM for the war effort.
    As a WW2 item it's as good as it gets (of course I'm biased), I like the stove fine but being grand pa's complete stove he used "over there" makes it's soooo much better. Congrats.

    A few more things may interest you:
    Where you see the 1945 on the tank will also say either "Coleman" or "AMERICAN" (made by AGM).
    If magnet sticks to tank it is steel tank (if not it's a brass tank).
    520 instructions link
     
  20. Erik Berry

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    Mine says Coleman on the side