Optimus 111 roarer from mid -late 1970s

Discussion in 'Optimus No:111 (all variants) + later Hiker & Hike' started by kerophile, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    This stove has had an interesting life. I bought it about three years ago from a man who had been a volunteer in a Scottish Mountain Rescue team, and also involved in Youth Adventure training.

    I acquired this stove and an Optimus No.8R both of which he said regularly accompanied him in these activities.

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    I cleaned up and refurbished both stoves but did no restoration on the cases, apart from giving them a coating of wax polish. They had a long working life and deserve a quiet retirement

    The previous owner said that he had purchased this Optimus 111 new in 1978 from a supplier in Glasgow, but remerked that it had been on the shelf for some time before he raised the funds to buy it!

    The features which identify this Op.111 as dating from around the mid to late 1970s are as follows:

    1. Plain case with no embossing.
    2. Self-adhesive Optimus label on RH lower corner of case, including model no. and fuel type.
    3. Penta-head type SRV on the filler cap.
    4. Red, plain pattern knob on regulator spindle.



    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. CW

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    very nice trusted old work horse. I do like the beer can tray :thumbup:
     
  3. Simes

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    Which appears to be a recent addition.

    A nice working example.
     
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    The 111 is an excellent, hardworking stove.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  5. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Hi, I took a few additional shots to show the stove operating for this mid-morning tea break:

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    This traditional Optimus No.111 kero roarer is a powerful but controllable stove. As you can see, on full power it performs like a blowlamp.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
  6. Simes

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    Great photos there George, I can almost hear it.