Optimus no.11

Discussion in 'Optimus No:11' started by thor, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. thor

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    Here are some pictures of my Optimus no.11
    Everything is different from the 111. The wire bows for kettle support are thicker and lower then the 111, the box is completely different, it's made of heavier gauge sheet metal plate and there are no curled up edges around the top or bottom half of the box. The hinges are different, the handle, the catch... the tank has the pump situated 90deg. to the tank the same way as the lid. The tank and the heat shield are not screwed onto the bracket on the small folding front piece but the two are snapped into place like on a Fuhrmeister. The regulating wheel is not like any 111 wheel I have ever seen and the shaft is shorter. I have no idea how old this stove is and would be grateful for any information.

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  2. Twodogs

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    Very nice stove Thor ,
    Its odd that the burner has the priming hole and the early 111 s didnt ?
    Cliff
     
  3. Dutchmike

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    Most stoves we are dealing with are 50 years or older.
    Lots of newer parts or from other models can have been exchanged. For instance, the last three (!) Svea stoves I have bought did not have their original burners or -caps, yet look allright.
    So any item should be looked at with this in mind.
    I for one do not know if this stove is up to specifications - not that it would matter!

    There are more knowledgable people here with some authority on Optimus, but I think the 11 model is from the 1930's that might have been produced or traded just into the 50's.
    A very nice stove that clearly stood model for the 111 yet in detail and construction is completely different as pointed out by Thor.
     
  4. Twodogs

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    Point taken , Yes it is a fine stove .
    I always wonder about the history of a stove when I fettle and when I use them , so well made with classic lines , Fantastic .
    Cliff
     
  5. Spiritburner

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    The 11 replaced the Campingo No:1 single burner sometime in the second half of the 1930's was replaced by the 111 early 1950's. There are at least 3 variants of tin of which I think this is the latter. The embossing on the box lid is very similar to the first 111's.