Old Optimus 45

Discussion in 'Optimus No:45' started by mbechtel, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. mbechtel

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    This stove has a burner with clips to hold the flame spreader instead of the usual ring. I don't know how old it is, but I'm assuming it's older than the usual 45, perhaps a very early production model for it's type. Who knows. It works wonderfully (after a ton of work!) I think this stove looks best with it's original patina and the next owner can polish it if they desire, but as long as I own it, it will wear it's age with dignity.

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  2. Dutchmike

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    A really lovely classic stove, Matt, and I am glad you will not polish off her earned dignity.
    I had a good look at the flame ring supports, and, hesitant to spoil your fun, I think the punched out ring, brazed onto the 4 pipes, was at one time cut or ground away. I think I see a telltale remnant on the inside of one tube.
    If it is a genuine first-run feature, I guess it must have been uneconomical to braze 4 small separate supports.
    Either way, congratulations on this fine stove!
     
  3. mbechtel

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    Hi Mike,
    Don't worry about spoiling my fun, I find all this very interesting! I took another look, a VERY close look. I think you're right. I think those clips are actually what's left of the original supporting ring. They vary in width slightly which they certainly wouldn't do if they were part of the design. I started to wonder why, then it dawned on me...somebody didn't have a proper nipple wrench! I bet they did that to get at the nipple with another tool of some sort...it's the only reason I can think of. They do seem a little too thin for the normal thickness of a supporting ring though..it's quite noticeable. I'm still scratching my head a bit. In any event, it burns wonderfully and thanks for agreeing with me on leaving it as is. :)