Optimus No.00L "Camper". Made in Sweden, Early 1990's. Un-used.

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  1. kerophile

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    Here are some photos of an unused New Old Stock (NOS) Optimus No.00L stove which I acquired recently:

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    Oops! Reached my image limit. More to follow.

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    Hi, here are a few more images of this Optimus No.00L stove:

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    As you can see this Optimus No.00L stove came in a unmarked red "Primus-style" stove tin.

    The lovely bright unused burner in marked "Optimus Sweden"

    However, the flame-ring is marked SWEDEN SWEDEN.

    The stove has a unmarked later form brass Optimus style windshield.

    The top of the tank is engraved OPTIMUS 00, MADE IN SWEDEN, in English and Arabic script.

    The base of the tank is marked OPTIMUS, SWEDEN.

    The spanner (wrench) is marked OPTIMUS, SWEDEN

    The Cardboard box in which the stove is packed is marked AB OPTIMUS Ltd. a Company which was not founded until September 1988, and submitted no accounts after 2003.

    This stove which came in a red tin box is marked "Made in Sweden" and is quite possibly one of the last Optimus 00 stoves actually manufactured in Sweden.

    There is no date stamp on the cardboard box. The labelling on the cardboard box says:

    OPTIMUS International

    AB OPTIMUS Ltd.
    Sanders Lodge Estate
    Rushden
    Northamptonshire, NN10 9BQ
    ENGLAND

    On-line checks show that AB OPTIMUS Ltd. was formed on 6 September 1988. Company Accounts were submitted until 2003 and the company was formally dissolved in 2008. Their Registered Office and trading address were in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

    In 1983 Optimus sold its factory at Upplands Vasby and outsourced its production. However, I am not clear whether some stoves were still fabricated in Sweden for a time, or if production was moved abroad immediately.

    The instructions and spares listing which came with the stove give the Sales and Service Dept. at Holcot Lane, Sywell, Northants. and the Head Office at 9 Albert St. Slough, SL1 2SH. Intriguingly, it says "A Division of Camping Gaz (GB) Ltd."

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Beautiful!!!

    Thank you George,
    Ken in NC
     
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    Good Morning, George,

    That new 00 is a stunner, in all respects!! Thank you for sharing it with us, and for the very clear and concise report about what you know on it's history! Though I have several wonderful 00's, none of them came in their tins, except one from the 1930's, and I'm happy to have that. Nice to see those transitional stoves, and their lovely red tins. Thanks, again, for your report and photos. Excellent!! I hope you're getting some fishing time in, out on the water. Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Mark

    P.S. I've never seen a fuel cap/pressure release like your 00 has. What do you know about that, George? Any information about that type of cap?
     
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    Hi Doc, well spotted. I too have never seen a filler cap like the one on this Op.00L. It has a captive air-screw and the interior of the cap has a one-piece "rubber" moulding, rather than the annular rubber washer and a brass center piece of more traditional caps. I will provide some additional photos of the cap later, to show what I mean.

    I am a bit late in starting the fishing this year as I have just come back from a two-week holiday in sunny Chicago. It is a beautiful city and we enjoyed the visit.
    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    I looked up that address on Google maps, seems as the building is now a Caterpillar remanufacturing facility, :-s
     
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    Wow! .... Just Wow!
     
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    well that made my eyes water--
    if you were in Chicago you should of driven over to Minneapolis!!it's just 7 hours of freeway and cow farms.
     
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    Hi Dave, sorry I didn't visit. You know how it is with city visits, an awful lot to see and do with the added complication of friends helping to set your calendar . Perhaps next time.
    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    Hi Doc, as you noticed this late (post1988) Optimus 00 has a unique type of filler cap/air release valve. At least I have never seen one before and it doesn't appear in any of the Op.00 exploded diagrams nor parts lists.
    Here are a few photos:

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    The rubber is still supple and the cap seals well, so I am disinclined to dig it out to see what is underneath.

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    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi, the pump on this late Op.00L stove has an "O" ring type piston mounted on a brass pump-rod. There is also a return spring:

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    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi, when I opened the tin of this late Op.00L stove I found two spanners (wrenches) rather than the expected one.
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    One of the wrenches was fine, but the other should have been in the factory reject bin rather than a stove box. There were sharp edges to the stamping:

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    This type of defect is usually caused by worn tooling on the press used to stamp out these items.

    I wonder whether the quality or inspection was falling off by the time (post 1988) when this stove was made? I also noticed that the finish of the soldering work on the tank was perhaps not as good as on earlier Op.00 models. There was over-run on the bottom seal and foot attachment points, and a few stray blobs of solder on the top of the tank.

    Just a thought,
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi, Further research in the catalogue section of the Reference library section of the CCS site shows an Optimus International catalogue for approximately 1989/1990.
    The Co. Address is given as 9, Albert Street, Slough, SL1 2BH.
    In the thread, Ross says that "Optimus were at the UK address shown in the catalogue from 1990 to1995, according to Mike at Base Camp".
    So, the above Op. 00L stove is likely from this early 1990s period, and could therefore be one of the last produced.