Optimus 45A in Bremer Sea Swing

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  1. z1ulike

    z1ulike United States SotM Winner Subscriber

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    I swore to my wife that I wouldn't start collecting stoves but I just couldn't pass this up.

    This is a fully gimbled marine stove consisting of an Optimus 45 alcohol stove in a Bremer Sea Swing. Both are in unused condition.

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    Optimus 45A in a Bremer Sea Swing with Sterno Chimney.

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    Side View of Burner.

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    Top View of Silent Burner.

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    Cutout in Sea Swing for Refueling.

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    Burner to Sea Swing Connection.

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    Sliding Sea Swing into its wall mount.

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    Sea Swing in Wall Mount secured by screw in groove.

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    Optimus #209 Alcohol Burner.

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    Pot on stove showing handle in cutout.

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    Using Sterno with Chimney instead of burner.

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    Top view of Sterno Chimney.

    Well, that's my collection of one.
     
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  2. Matukat

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    Explaining nicely the question posed earlier...
    Oh, and you made that promise AFTER you got the first stove? ;-)
     
  3. linux_author

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    beautiful stove...
     
  4. hikerduane

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    I wish I had the wall bracket for mine.
     
  5. Bom Bom Bom Bom

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    The green demons of jealousy and covetness raise their ugly heads - lovely stove!

    Cheers, Graham.
     
  6. Gordon F

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    Was this a conversion to run on alcohol?

    I've not heard of of one before. Lovely set up, have you got a boat to go with it?
     
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    As far as I know that's the original burner made by Optimus for that stove. I do have a boat but I'm just going to admire this stove, not use it. My kids will probably sell it on eBay when I die (30-40 years hence with luck).

    For use on the boat I've made two Kap Artic clones. They work great and stow compactly away which is important on my small boat. You can see the progress of their construction in the following posts:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/139846

    https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/140309

    https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/140577

    https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/141794
     
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  8. Skål

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    Beautiful stove. I am trying to adapt a Butterfly pressure stove for my Sea Swing because I like the idea of kerosene as a fuel on board. (I found my Sea Swing without a stove). The butterfly rising tube needs to be modified to be a little longer and attach to the sea swing as yours does. Is there anyone on the line who could give some advice how to make such modifications? I'm not a technician, so I'd be just as happy with direction to someone who could make it for me. Thanks!
     
  9. Chef BC

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    On the subject if safety and you do not want to be on a burning vessel. For applications like these alcohol is a prefered fuel because you can douse the flames with water. Doing so with kero or any other fuel will spread it around unless you use an approved fire extinguisher, which can be messy to clean up. Still it is an exquisite looking stove!
    - Harold-
     
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    Your #45 on the SeaSwing is a real beauty! I have one also but used it for eight years on my 1930 Crosby sloop, so it is not so shiny. Are you sure that it is alcohol? The burner looks exactly like mine and mine is kerosene...I've also got the sterno chimney and two mounts; one for hanging storage, and one for when the stove is in use. I'm going to refurbish it to act as backup to the stove on my current vessel, and will have pictures soon...cheers, BC
     
  11. Doc Mark

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    Hey, Rogue, and All,

    Yep, that burner he has is an Optimus 209N, and the 45A was a regular offering from Optimus. In the landmark book by Backpacker Magazine (back when they actually tried to offer real testing, and honest evaluations!), the 45A was rated as being more efficient than many Coleman fueled stoves of the time!! The "A", for "alcohol", version of the 45 is a wonderful stove! Be aware, though, that the 209 burner was not designed to burn kerosene, as it does not have enough mass to heat the fuel enough so that it will vaporize properly. This version of the 45 is strictly a Meths fuel version. Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    Thanks Doc, I try to learn something new every day! BC
     
  13. shellback

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    Hi Doc,

    I have an Optimus 45 in a Sea Swing as well. My burner looks just like the one in the above photos except that the valve stem is closer to the burner. I just fired it up for the first time. I did the preheat with alchohol and pumped it up plenty, but I got a really yellow flame that left soot all over everything. Would you guess that I should use alchohol for fuel instead of kerosene?

    Ken
     
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    Ken,

    Sounds like your burner is the same as the one in this photo. If so, then you have an alcohol only burner. Try running it on that. Depending on where you live the fuel is called "Denatured Alcohol" or "Methylated Spirits" and is made of varying proportions of methanol and ethanol depending on the manufacturer. They sell it at marine stores but it's generally cheaper at hardware stores like Home Depot (paint section). If you live in a state that sells 190 Proof Everclear it will run great on that too. A little for the stove, a little for papa. You get the idea.

    Ben
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    Hey Ben!

    Thanks for the great reply with photo. I was hoping it was a keosene burner, but maybe the alcohol will be hot enough for my needs.
    I think I may have one small leak between the Sea Swing riser extension and the burner riser, and maybe another where the regulator stem goes into the valve. I might need a new lead washer between the two tubes which everyone seems to be replacing. The 45 I have is identical to your picture so thanks again. Can't wait to put some spirits in the thing and give it another go.

    Ken :D :roll:
     
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    Hello this is great set of photos of the sea swing thanks

    I am looking for the sterno chimney .... I have been looking for quite a while

    how did you get your looking so nice?

    sailinghorses
     
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    I didn't do anything. It came that way, new and unused.

    Ben
     
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    I have to say
    The design is smart