Optimus 22B 1965

Discussion in 'Optimus No:22 (all variants)' started by canetoad, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. canetoad

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    My first post to this forum.

    I thought I would share this 22B with you. Came across this stove recently and bought it for US$120. It was used on an overland trip from the UK to Australia in 1965, was then put into storage and hasn't been used since. Gave it a thorough clean and replaced the valve spindles, packing, pump leather, filler cap washer, SRV seal, NRV pip, NRV washer and spiritcup washers. A bit of tweaking, tank of shellite (Coleman fuel) and after 52 years, as good as new!

    I've decided to leave the case with it's original paint job.

    Makes a good companion to the Hiker 111 (kero) I rescued from a base in Antarctica in 1990 (they were being thrown out!).

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  2. kerry460

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    nice .
    i am still looking for one .

    kerry
     
  3. IvanN

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    double the burners, double the fun. nice stove
     
  4. z1ulike

    z1ulike United States SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Leaving the case in its original condition is a good call. A stove with a back story like yours should bear the proof of its journey. Your restoration is perfect. The stove is clean, fettled, and back running as it should. Just enough but not too much. Nice job!

    Ben
     
  5. Tony Press

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    @canetoad

    Great stove!

    I have a pile of Antarctic Optimus 111s from the Australian Antarctic program.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  6. canetoad

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    thanks Tony,

    my 111 was rescued (along with spare parts) from a British Antarctic Survey base in the South Orkneys. I dread to think how many may have ended up with the rest of the gash (rubbish) at the bottom of the cove in front of base (we weren't very enlightened when it came to recycling back then!).
     
  7. ROBBO55

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    Nice work @canetoad and it's good when you know some of its history
    Congratulations :clap: