Optimus Campingo - safety issues?

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  1. Robert Radcliffe

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    I've just posted pictures of my Campingo in full flight on the Stovaholics group on FB and the only comment to date has been a warning about one exploding during use injuring the user. The user is experienced and this was after many previous uses.
    Has anyone heard of the Campingo being dangerous in use?
     
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    The campingo is really a white spirit / Coleman fuel stove so in theory it is more dangerous than a kerosene stove. But the biggest risk is probably hurting you back lugging it around.

    I have fettled a few of them without incident.

    I think you could find someone on Facebook who claims who have had a disaster with almost any stove.

    I have had serious flare ups with an Optimus 199, Optimus trapper and MSR gk. They are all great stoves, but things go wrong sometimes.
     
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    Well said. Biggest danger to health is social media.
     
  4. snwcmpr

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    If using white gas, gasoline, then the issue would be the same as a 111B. A leaking NRV could push gasoline into the pump tube, and a flare up could occur.
    One mans explosion.
    I now use only kerosene in the Campingo.
     
  5. Robert Radcliffe

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    Yes I've been experimenting with both Aspen 4 and kerosene/paraffin and it seems to burn happily on either so I may stick to paraffin.
     
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    Ha ha yes I'm sure you're correct.
     
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    Like some other stoves, can burn petrol or kero on same jet. My two burner likes petrol, my single does good on kero.
    Well stated above.
    Duane
     
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    I run my Campingo on kerosene.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Same here and for safety reasons only. They can run on either fuel.

    Having said that; I have had one Campingo that had a typed note that came with it saying to "Use Coleman Fuel Only" and it was jetted to do so. It was also painted black rather than the usual dark green and from memory, the paint looked original. Whether Optimus marketed any in black and jetted for Coleman Fuel Only I do not know.
    John
     
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    IMO, there's no such thing as an unsafe stove.
    Unsafe operators with stoves lacking of maintenance, thats a different story.

    Forest Gump's mother summed it pretty well, 'stupid is stupid does'
     
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    There are some scenarios that are more unsafe than others. Thus a degree of safety/unsafety.
    Using gas in a stove with aafety features designed for kerosene is one example.
     
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    Design features in most products can be found to enhance safety.
     
  13. Robert Radcliffe

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    Mine was original black before I repainted it dark green (which I prefer) and it's jetted for both fuels. Of course I've no way of knowing if it was fitted with different jets at some point.
     
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    IMO, there's no such thing as a safe stove.
    Different designs make it easier or harder to make fatal user errors, and user errors have major or minor consequences. Designs which give major consequences of usual user errors, is what I call unsafe, and what I prefer to stay away from, even if I know how to use it in a safe way. Designs which give minor consequences of user errors, is what I will call almost safe.
     
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    I'm a believer of the Darwin theory.
     
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    The Darwin theory. That stoves evolved from nuts and bolts over 100 years ago. Personally I don't believe it. It throws up more questions than answers, where did the MSR pump come from, how did white gas stoves survive in the colonies when fuel prices were / are so high, why did the paraffin blow torch die out, how does trangia fit in and what really is in Doc Mark's hobbit hole.
     
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    I am a believer of the Darwin Awards.

    Welcome to CCS.
     
  18. Doc Mark

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    @theyellowdog , wrote:

    ".... and what really is in Doc Mark's hobbit hole."

    THAT, my friend, is hilarious!!! Well done!! As to what's in the Hobbit Hole: if you have six months, come and visit. You and I will go down there together, and find out what's in there!! Of course, we'll both be taking pistols....... "just in case"!! In truth, I'm oft surprised by what I can find down there, that I had totally forgotten I owned!! Sheesh!! Sweet Bride will put the kettle on...... see you soon, TYD!! Take care, and God Bless!

    Doc
     
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    I am retired ........
     
  20. Doc Mark

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    Hey, Ken @snwcmpr ,

    IF you came and visit for six months, Sweet Bride will put BOTH of us to work, and you'll be "retired", no longer!!! YIKES!!

    Doc