Discussion in 'Optimus No:22 (all variants)' started by Dutch_Peter, Jan 8, 2013.
After a long search I finally got an Optimus 22 !!
A fellow collector decided that this wasn't his cup of tea and was willing to sell this very nice Optimus 22. The stove has been kept well and fired up without any fettling. It makes a lot of noise and produced a lot of heat; Tea was made in about 3 or 4 minutes !!
There are some scratches in the paint and a linear dent on the front of the case. Apart from that, the stove looks in near mint condition !!
About the history of this stove:
The seller bought it in an army dump store many years ago and it has only been test fired ever since; never been cooked on. The army hardly used it as well judged by the overall condition.
The burner control knobs indicate that it was produced around 1962 at the latest. The instructions are dated 1958. The instructions are written by the Army as written on the bottom of the first page in NL: "Vastgesteld bij aanschrijving van de Minister van Oorlog dd. 13 mei 1958, Hoofdkwartier van de Generale Staf.
Translated to EN: Proclaimed in writing by the Minister of War on 13 May 1958, Headquarters of the General Administration.
The instructions describe how to use and maintain the stove to some extend. I haven't seen the bag of spares with any other stove on CCS, so that may be custom for the NL Army. I also haven't seen this stove used by an Army before. Does anyone else know if the stove was used by any military?
Peter, That is one very tidy, clean and lovely stove. I am green with envy Thank you for showing it to us Steve.
Your search is over and it looks like its a good one! Very tidy looking.
Hopefully not as pricey as the one you missed out on recently on the BAy.
Nice one mate.
All the best Nick
That's the first time I've ever seen a nickel tank on a 22!
Judging from the small holes for the regulator knobs, I'd think the case is among the earliest of the 22's.
*edit- Your stove also has 111 style spirit cup retainers, rather than the horse-shoe shaped ones seen in later 22's.
Another indication of an early 22.
Congratulations, and thanks for sharing such an interesting stove!
Very nice score, thank you for posting.
Congratulations Peter with the purchase!
Thanks for your positive responses! For now the hunt is over, although I would like to have one more (I've been spending way too much money on stoves lately ..)
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