Optimus 00 (late model)

Discussion in 'Optimus No:00' started by Tony Press, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Tony Press

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    Here is a cleaned-up Optimus 00 that was given to me in return for a few fettling jobs I did for my next door neighbour.

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    Note the Optimus/Primus burner:
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    The bits:
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    The pump works fine, but I will replace the O-ring with one of the pump conversions that @kerry460 makes when it starts to give out.


    As it came:
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    The fettle on the flame spreader is here:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threa...-00-flame-spreader-using-a-beer-bottle.30958/


    You will notice in the photo above that highlights the Optimus globe, there is a dent in the tank where the stove leg fits. This makes one of the legs sit 1/4 inch lower than the other legs. Rather than try to fix the dent, which would have been very difficult, I inserted a piece of small wooden dowel to raise the leg to the right height. It works fine, wont fall out and can be removed at later date if need be.


    Up and running (before I cleaned it up and fixed the leg):
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    I like the feel of the 00. I have found a leather case for it to fit in, and I'm thinking about pairing it with a silent burner as an option in the future.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  2. kerry460

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    Tony , very nice .
    i would love neighbours like that .

    kerry
     
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    Very nice 00 and very good of your neighbour.
    Did the burner have one or two washers at the spirit cup?
     
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    @shagratork

    Yes, it has two washers on the spirit cup, one facing the burner, the other facing the riser. Both appear to be metal (?copper or aluminium - like I've seen before on Hipolitos).

    The other thing about the 00 is the fact that the spirit cup is rather big for the small burner, but it makes the windshield sit snugly.

    Cheers

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    Hi Tony, that is interesting.
    I was not expecting metal washers, though I have also seen Hipolito burners with copper washers.
    I have not seen an Optimus 00 with original metal washers - or maybe I should say that I have never 'noticed' metal washers.
     
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    I had to find my 00 military kit and check out the washers on that. Definitely some sort of metal on mine as well.

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  7. Tony Press

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    @shagratork

    They may well have been put there by a previous owner. I gather this stove was used 'in the field' a fair bit and may have been worked on in a workshop.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  8. Greeley

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    So, on my recently acquired Optimus 00, underneath the windscreen's black tar-like coating is there really a brass windscreen? Otherwise the stove was polished quite nicely.
     
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    @Greeley

    Your windscreen will be either brass or steel. Get a magnet out and test it.

    I usually don't bother doing too much to a windscreen on a stove I'm going to use. They become black very quickly.

    The windscreen on the stove above was cleaned with a quick bath in dilute citric acid and wiped with a cloth. Unlike the stove itself, it was not polished.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Duh... magnet... why didn't i think of that?

    BTW - it's steel, I find.

    Thanks for the clue!
     
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    I have a about a dozen Optimus windshields and about half are steel, the rest brass.

    Cheers

    Tony