OPTIMUS CAMPINGO No.2

Discussion in 'Optimus Campingo No:2 (laterly No:20)' started by plumberted, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. plumberted

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    Here is my Campingo No 2 which was given to me by Trevor after he bought a completed one from Pete. I now realise why he did not restore it after having it for many years. It has taken a lot of patience as there was lots of repairs to make before testing it. The stove was tested on kerosene and the flame pattern is not perfect. Will try it later on gasoline(MAYBE!)

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    Looking good!
     
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    Looks great
     
  4. hikerduane

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    Is the pump knob wrong as is the fuel cap/srv?
    Duane
     
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    Not sure but it is how it came.
     
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    Looks quite like the larger Primus No.2 and 3 size of pump knob.
    Still perfectly functionable, just may get a little hot in use.

    Alec.
     
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    Pic of filler cap and NRV. Looks original to me.

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    Just tried it on gasoline and guess what? It really works perfectly and pics show it from full boil to low simmer with perfect flame control. Well pleased.

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    Older version than mine maybe? My 1 & 2 both have the same styles.
    Duane
     
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    I was given Ted's stove many years ago by a friend.
    It has been opined that the pump knob is similar to that on a No.2 or No.3 stove.
    The knob on this Campingo is larger than the one on the Optimus No.2 and 3 stoves and the top surface is clearly concave.
    The knob is certainly larger than the others in the Campingo gallery but I will assume it is original until proven differently.
     
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    Hello plumberted .

    You have done a nice job on that Campingo. :thumbup::)
    They run sweet on standard kerosene jets for both kerosene and white gas use and when the jets get worn, they can still run well on white gas.

    Yours appears to have a mixture of 2nd generation Campingo 2 and the later 3rd generation Campingo parts.

    The burners and the larger control knobs are what I call generation 2 and the fuel cap with safety release is from the third generation model.

    Using newer generation parts on an older generation stove seems not uncommon with some of the Campingos I have repaired and own/owned. I have wondered if older model parts had to be used up first between the models.

    The pump knob is not original as far as I know as I have never come across one before.

    Great stoves those.
    Cheers, John
     
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    @threedots

    I also have not seen this type of knob on a Campingo, early or late.
    I was hoping that someone would say, 'I know where that knob comes from', but it has not happened yet.
     
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    Very nice. If anyone is listening...ON MY WANT LIST! :)
     
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    I think you are correct Trevor. My old eyes can't make out the info from the link to the Reference Library. May be another example in the SRG. Hard to make out.
    Duane
     
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    Knob is identical to ones on my Primus No3s and No6s, checked tonight, may also be fitted to other large examples.
    Brass collar, steel knob, brass capping/thumb press :thumbup:

    Alec
     
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    @kerophile

    The knob on that Primus No.2 looks very similar to the one on this Optimus Campingo. There are other Primus No.2 stoves with the same type of knob.
    It looks like Primus fitted that type of pump knob to the No.2 from some time in the 1920s to the 1930s. We don't have enough examples to give an exact date range.
    There is also a 1935 Primus No.3 with a similar knob here.

    This Campingo could have a replacement knob, but we have so few examples to be sure. Optimus may also have used this type of larger knob for a period of time.