A lamp collector I know contacted me recently to ask about this stove & although not uncommon it was such an interesting stove I took the chance when it was offered for sale. A past owner has gone to great lengths to modify this stove, possibly needing better cold weather performance. The work has been done with great skill. First the stove - a No:8 circa mid 1950's from when the 8 moved into the rounder edged tin more familiar on the 8R's that came later. Open it up & spot the differences! The safety release valve has been removed from the original filler cap & moved to the tank in it's own right. Instead of the filler cap there is a integral pump. The pump cap locks down. The pump is really effective in boosting output. Pump detail The key has been replaced by a knob, possibly Bakelite. There is a neat notch cut into it to indicate the off position. It comes with a custom made fuel can with closable filler nozzle. This sits neatly in the case as can be seen above. The filler cap of the can is cylindrical & holds the stoves control knob when in transit. On firing the stove up the flame was really weak & it soon went out. I stripped the burner of the tank to check the wick etc. The wick was made of old flat shoe laces & would not come out of the burner. I prised & charred as much out as I could but had to resort to drilling the rest out. After a short time in the ultra-sonic cleaner I reassembled with a conventional wick set up. The stove fired up & worked like a champ! It roared with a reassuring warble & quickly passed the tea test. Where's the flame pics? I took pics of three stoves today but this & one other set got lost to some rapid but cack-handed mousework on the computer so I had to retake them all again. It's too late to go back down the workshop & refuel etc & the daylight has gone so you'll have to put up with these indoor shots!