Optimus Ranger 10

Discussion in 'Optimus No:10 Ranger' started by Rangie, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Rangie

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    A long-overdue gallery addition.
    Bought from a generous overseas forum member a few years ago :content:

    On its journey it had a tiny bit of incontinence which loosened the label and soaked the instruction sheet. A minor inconvenience which also happened to reveal something about the soft-case.... ;)

    A "Generic" Optimus International soft-case, usable for the 8R "Hunter" and Ranger 10, stickered up for the Ranger 10 (the sticker completely covered the Optimus International Logo).
    Quite interesting:
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    But anyway, I digress.....

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    A whole lot going on in that small case:
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    Multi-Tool on the jet:
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    Split apart:
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    Priming is a minor conflagration...... oDSC_7330.jpg

    Full throttle:
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    Simmer:
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    The "worrying proximity" as I call it...
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    Cheers!
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    I love this little stove, it combines everything I aim for in a stove: Box Stove, Paraffin, Silent Burner, Good Power.

    Not without its main proclivity however: a bit too much power in a tiny package. My reliable finger-test on the tank while running always worries me. Good job its a steel tank. A shame an extra heat-shield could not have been fabricated along the lines of a Brit Military No.2, i.e. a heatproof sandwich between burner and tank :-k

    I have built a couple of frankenstoves along the same lines and have yet to crack the heat issue....

    Wouldn't change it though, a nice little powerhouse!

    Alec.
     
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    Ooh, nice one Alec.

    John
     
  3. Tony Press

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    Excellent!

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Made for the norwegian market as the instruction is only norwegian - this is the case with most older stoves, lanterns and heaters for Norway as they had to be type approved with very specific norwegian instructions to be legal for sale.
     
  5. hikerduane

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    Mine gets overly hot, can't touch the tank after a bit. When shut down, then the fuel cap removed, quite a bit of vapor comes out. I also have found they won't run on dyed kero. Nice score.
    Duane
     
  6. Retro Camper

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    Nice studio shots of a special stove. Can't be many of them out there.
     
  7. Doc Mark

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    Good Morning, Alec, @Rangie ,

    Brilliant report on an outstanding little stove!! Like you, I love the Ranger #10, and find it irresistible!! I have two of them, one that I fired, and one that I've not, and I think they offer a lot to someone seeking huge power, in a small package. I think, as long as Ranger owners stick with kerosene, things should go nicely. I believe that NO other fuel will be safe in these little Nuclear Stoves!!

    Your photos are a real treat, Alec, and not only are they a joy to see, but they cover the details of the little #10 admirably!! Many thanks for sharing them here, and even though I have mine, my mouth is already watering, just looking at YOURS!! =P~ =P~ :lol: :lol: Thanks, again, for sharing, and VERY WELL DONE! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
  8. Harder D. Soerensen

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    Now there is a very well documented rare stove made of (expensive) Unobtanium!
    Thanks for sharing @Rangie

    I hope one day to stumble over one, which I can afford on my meager salary. (I might offer the seller a dram or two of good Danish Snaps and some Mead, before we fix the price though 8]

    I can’t help but wonder, if it would be possible to make a heat reflector like the one on the Optimus 99 - to make the flames pass higher over the tank?
    Or maybe a piece of cut-to-fit Carbon Felt on the burner side of the tank - folded down under the tank to keep it in place?
    If you just lend me your Ranger 10 for like 5-7 years - I promise to come up with some kind of solution O:)
     
  9. SimonFoxxx

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    I am insanely jealous. it reminds me of my Optimus 199, on kero, which gets quite hot too.

    Cheers
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  10. Retro Camper

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    Seeing the Land Rover mug next to the stove in the last picture chimes with something I have been thinking about lately; what type of vehicle would you equate your stove to? This is one for a separate thread I will start on the forum but if, like me, you equate the Optimus 111 to a Land Rover then this Ranger 10 must be like a special edition Landie, perhaps a military spec one with snorkel exhaust or even one of those Spanish built Landies, a Santana....