Optimus Campingo No 2

Discussion in 'Optimus Campingo No:2 (laterly No:20)' started by Robert Radcliffe, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. Robert Radcliffe

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    I've just received this Campingo from a French seller. It's in great cosmetic shape. The main functional issue so far has been a slow fuel leak on the left burner compression joint. Tightening didn't solve the problem so I'm going to have to think that one through. Any thoughts?
    I've had it pressurised and ran the right burner for a short period and it is a good burner.
    I'll post progress pictures and hopefully show both burners operating soon..

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    Robert

    1. Inspect the components of the compression joints for nicks and burrs, and any distortion.

    2. Carefully re-face the end of the conical part of the joint with fine emery paper.

    3.Give them a surface polish with very fine emery paper.

    4. Re-join using some copper slip or nickel grease on all the surfaces.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Looks beautiful.
     
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    @Tony Press thanks Tony I'll certainly give that a go.
    Rob.
     
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    I thought you might like to see her up and running, I followed your advice and threw in a bit of graphite packing as well as copper grease. Anyway no leaks. Flames gradually got bluer.

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    Congratulation to a great find. This model is seldom seen, one of my favorite stoves from Optimus.

    Bo
     
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    Awaiting arrival of a campingo here id never seen one in the flesh so it will be an adventure getting it going and removing the horrible silver paint its wearing now
     
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    Latest update on my Campingo 2. I plugged a few pin holes in the case with JB Weld and took the opportunity to spray dark green rather than the original dull black

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    Very classy, great work. You’ll enjoy seeing a 2-burner Campingo in use in THIS Swedish film from the 1930’s posted by @tretrop (link in his initial post).
    I recommend watching the film in its entirety (it’s delightful) but the Campingo comes in at 7 minutes 19 sec. Priming with kerosene promps the film maker to edit to the ‘up and running’ footage!

    John
     
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    When you've got both burners going in a kitchen it must be noisier than the flight deck on an aircraft carrier!
     
  12. Robert Radcliffe

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    Thanks for that link John, that was a fabulous watch. It really helps to put the stove in the correct setting/time frame, like the cars and tents used in that same period. Brilliant really.