Optimus 8 - Aluminum cased

Discussion in 'Optimus No:8 (version prior to the 8R)' started by BernieDawg, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. BernieDawg Banned

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    Stove friend and eBay associate Alexander recently obtained this aluminum cased Optimus 8 from France. He sent me some pictures and I have obtained his permission to post them here. He is also fond of his specially requested BD100 minicap as you can see. :oops: ;)

    The stripped steel 8 case shown with the aluminum 8 case is for perspective/sizing.

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    Very nice!!!! indeed. A lot cleaning than mine. :oops: And a nickel tank to boot.

    I do love aluminum!

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Jeff
     
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    Gary, very nice indeed specially the feed tube/spindle design. I would think its an older version without the cleaning needle from what I can see.

    Ron
     
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    The BD mini-cap works great on the 8 - just using that combo this morning in the workshop for a brew.

    No cleaning needle on this one.
     
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    Was the Svea 123 pricker original with the stove?
     
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    Hi Trev
    Nope. The Svea pricker wouldn't have been found with an Optimus stove. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

    Alexander sez: "I gifted this stove with a MAX SIEVERT marked folding pricker ... just like I gifted it with the BD #100 silent burner cap ... because I intend to use the stove and appreciate the very best tools."

    So, there you have it. :thumbup: 8)

    Best,
    Gary
     
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    what is the mark in the middle of the cap?
     
  8. BernieDawg Banned

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    Hi L_A
    The cap mark is my new logo stamp, a custom hand stamp I had made up. BD100 is the first of the caps to bear the mark.
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    Alexander also added some more of his thoughts via email to me this morning. Here they are:
    "I am using Bryan Miller's information that the patent date for this model is 1927 and the patent expired 20 years later in 1947 ... therefore this stove is of that period. For now ... we are thinking that the aluminium cases were only made for the French market ... until someone else presents information that shows otherwise. It would seem unlikely to me that the stove would be imported during the Nazi occupation of France years of the 1940's .. or immediately thereafter ... so I'm guessing it is extremely likely 1920's or 1930's vintage. This is the first generation Optimus 8 stove ... I have posed it next to the 2nd generation version for comparison ... the 2nd generation still had the same type burner and spindle and nickel/brass tank .. but the case stamped graphics changed. Later on .. the 3rd generation Optimus 8 would get a self cleaning needle ... the '8R' ... which begins in the mid-or-late 1950's. One of the curious aspects of my stove is that the top lid is oriented opposite of Bryan's ... it is upside down if you are opening the case from the front ... but it is oriented for reading if carried by the handle ... which is located on the opening side vs. the hinge side. Bryan's tank lid (cap) is earlier than mine ... mine 'could' be a later replacement ... or a later production ... we're all still gathering data. I'm open to information from informed collectors. Note that I have parked the BD MiniDawg #100 with Paw stamp #1 ... as a special accessory for this lovely stove."

    Best,
    Gary
     
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    Hi Gary,

    I love your bear-paw logo.

    Yonadav
     
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    BD, why not get your mate to register here and explain/tell for himself?
    We need more info/intel at all times!
     
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    I hear you CT. :) Why indeed? :-k

    Seems he doesn't want to think of himself as a "collector". Seems to think that registering here would condemn him to collector-hood. I suspect he wishes to remain "independent" and perhaps a bit "mysterious".

    But, I'm just guessing, at least in some part.

    He's an active eBay seller who runs Acme Auctions, previously iloveyou99, and a number of stove mates here have done stove business with him including myself.

    Such is the way of people, I suppose. Everyone is quirky in some way. ;)

    Cheers,
    Gary
     
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    Hi Gary

    Thinking about that 123 folding pricker . . . . . now if you could produce something similar . . . . !
     
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    CT is already working on it... :mrgreen:
     
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    I did not know that!
    Thanks!

    Jeff
     
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    I'm not sure what the final product will look like, I'll leave it up to CT to do the 'Taa-Daa's'
    It might be a one-off or who knows? [-o<
    It was one of those 'I thunkit while Drunkit' ideas...
    Some Mighty Fine Single Malt (Islay 16 year old)
     
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    I know several guys who have some really nice stoves but just don't see themselves as collectors, they buy and use stoves only.
     
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    I just weighed my Optimus 8 steel case and Aluminum case.

    The aluminum case is 181grams (6.4 oz)
    The steel case is 336grams (11.85 oz)

    Note: The steel case is painted so that would add to the weight but not much.

    Jeff