Optimus 323 Canada

Discussion in 'Optimus No:323' started by Boston Terrior man, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Boston Terrior man

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    Added this stove to my collection recently, I love the pump stoves and cant resist adding these European rare ones, well in Canada at least. i understand this model has a reputation for melting the dials and i think i know why. I think this happens because they leave it in Priming mode too long and like my Coleman stuff without the correct pressure will start to leak the fluid back down on the fount and this can turn it into a big fireball at this setting. I had no issues lighting this stove and the priming setting worked great. I monitored to see if the dial was getting hot enough to melt and after over an hour of continuous running did not see melting temperatures even when i was boiling water; a couple of liters using my portable pots. Water came in handy to kill weeds but mostly i wanted to run the stove to see why the dials had some melting on them when i got it. This thing went down to a very small simmering flame and i left it running like this for over 30 min and at full for the next 30 min or so boiling water. 1306893852-DSC_0181__640x415___300x195_.jpg 1306893867-DSC_0182__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893879-DSC_0237__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893896-DSC_0239__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893908-DSC_0241__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893925-DSC_0244__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893959-DSC_0248__640x425___300x199_.jpg 1306893971-DSC_0252__640x425___300x199_.jpg
     
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  2. dsk

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    An interesting model, never seen one here in Norway.
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  3. DAVE GIBSON

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    i have one but don't use it much as it's a "knuckle burner"..that is there is not much room between your hand and the burner for adjustments.all the plastic bits or melted on mine also.
     
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    Yha I totally agree I was touching the dial and the fuel adjuster during my first test to see why the plastic melts and if your knuckle touches anything metal it quite a surprise, bad design but good to see the Europeans have blunders too. I like this stove for looks but I don’t think I would use it in the field, will probably end up next to my defective Coleman 501. Fun to light under controlled situations but may not be the best stove to use in the field. You know you’re crazy when you love the really screwed up ones :D/
     
  5. SimonFoxxx

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    I had one of these stoves in the 1980's, and it did burn the knobs, through leaking liquid fuel on start up. I got a free replacement from the local agents, and it did the same. :evil:

    With the cash refund I bought a brown Coleman 400, in November 1984, and it still goes like a blow torch!

    Simon Foxxx