Optimus 45

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  1. SMolson

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    A standard Optimus 45. Some before and after cleaning/polishing pictures.

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    Came with one-ended spanner 'MADE IN SWEDEN', 3 OPTIMUS 330 Prickers in an OPTIMUS labelled sleeve/bag, 'OPTIMUS SWEDEN' labelled pan ring, 3 pot supports, brass roarer burner/flame ring stamped with 'OPTIMUS SWEDEN'. No pre-heating shield, tin/case or instructions.

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    The center fount cap screws into the pump handle when stove is setup to run.

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    Fount had some blemishes but no dings.

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    Pump leather in good condition but dry - soaking in oil brought her back to shape. Fuel and fount (center) cap gasket dry and replaced with ones cut from viton. Unlabelled fuel cap, vent screw, fount cap (center) and pump rod handle. The burner washers were dry and cracked. During an initial run test she leaked fuel at the extension tube/burner connection when under high pressure. Replaced both washers with a pair purchased from Fettlebox and now she runs fine with no leaks or pressure loss.

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    Nice handsome stove, performs very well.
     
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    Lovely, lovely stove.
    Those discus-shaped stoves have a shape that is very pleasing to the eye.

    You have made a great job of cleaning it up and photographing it for the Archive.
    Your photos are excellent and provide a great reference for members who want to compare their own Optimus 45 stoves.

    As an aside, what is that plant in the second photo? :D
     
  3. SMolson

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    Hi Trevor,

    Thanks, I have more models to add to the gallery - I'll try to get a few done each month. It is a tremendous resource and has certainly helped me identify parts, complete kits, history, etc. Cleaning and polishing is fairly easy for these stoves, all with elbow grease, vinegar (5% acetic acid), 0000 wool then when rinsed and dry your favorite metal polish + old t-shirt.

    The plant is called a 'Friendship' plant, or at least that's what I've been told they are called. Don't know its scientific name. It's a succulent, grows like a weed and produces a zillion babies. The 'babies' grow off the mature leaves, form roots, drop off and grow into a new plant. 'Friendship' theme derives from the fact you can give the babies to friends so they can grow their own, and so on. This one came from Pensacola Florida (picked from outside a beach restaurant there). Very nice plant when young, but when mature can get a bit gangly.
     
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    Updated this posting to show a near complete kit with both the Optimus tin case and an Optimus draughshield/burner pre-heater.

    I'm not a big fan of these tin cases (e.g. any 'L' designated Swedish stove), despite their colorful graphics. Their cases are too flimsy to stand up to the rigors of frequent trips (my Duluth packs would squash this thing). Front clasps are weak as are the back hinges. For 'show' they are ok, but for practical use they fail miserably.

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    Draughshield deployed
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    The pan ring does not fit in the tin and must be packed elsewhere.
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    Back of tin -
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    Side -
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    Front and bottom
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    Stove parts packed in their nylon/spandex sleeves and thin, closed-cell foam cushion inside top lid. All my camping stoves are packed this way, in addition to a tin case sleeve made from nylon fleece or cordura.
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    To be fully complete she would still need her instructions, original box and perhaps the optional spirit can. Taking this on a canoe trip I would be packing her in a steel case and leave the pretty blue tin one at home. But for car-camping and the like, the tin case should do ok as long as it's handled properly.
     
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    Fragile, perhaps, but It's sure pretty!
     
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    Thats a great tin, I'd leave it at home and pack the stove in a plastic box on your trips.
     
  7. SMolson

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    I was a little harsh on these tins, and it hasn't been the first time. It's all a matter of what they were designed for and their limits. They are great to store your stove in at the house and for display purposes. The graphics, particularly on the older tins (and not just those from Sweden), can be outstanding and very attractive. For those requiring a more durable container to sustain the rigors of backpacking, tripping, mountaineering, etc they would be looking at something more robust such as a steel or aluminum cased stove, or repack their 'L'-cased stoves accordingly.

    I'm biased, and generally always look and review stoves (function, form, dependability, etc) based on their performance when canoe/kayak tripping.