Greetings, All, My first kero stove, was a 1920 Primus Pocket Outfit 96, very kindly gifted to me by two US Marine brothers, who used to sell stoves and such at "that same old swap meet". I liked it so much, and I decided to try and find a little larger version, and settled on the Optimus 00, which I had seen in an REI store North of Los Angeles, years ago but did not buy. However, for a very long time, I never saw another one in a store, nor at the swap meet. So, I went back to REI, this time in San Diego, and asked them about buying one. They told me that it had been discontinued and that there were no more in stock. I was bummed, but asked them to call other stores and see if they could find one. They checked stock in every REI store in the US, and none were found. Then, I told them about seeing one at one of their stores around Los Angeles, and they called that store back. Turns out that they actually still had the one that I had seen a few years before, but since it had been discontinued, it was just shoved up on a shelf in the back of the store, and forgotten!! The San Diego store had it shipped down for me to check out and when it arrived, I was sort of bummed to find that one leg (pot support) had never been milled to fit the stove. I asked if they could help me with the price, and they knocked it down to $40! I bought it, and then went home and filed the leg to a perfect fit. Then, we did the PCT, and though I'd not experimented with the 00 much, we decided to take it. Unfortunately, that did not work out. But I'll tell that story a little later in this post. Later, we learned just how to use the 00, and keep it running as it should, and so we began using it again, with far better successes! Recently, I dug out that 00, and gave it the once-over. The gaskets and pips were all almost rock-hard, so I replaced them all, and took our first 00 out to test it, even though it was almost dark outside. Here is how it all turned out: You'll note that I had cut down the original Optimus wrench, as only one end worked with the 00, and I wanted to save a little weight. Cut, and holes drilled in it, to save a bit more on the weight, it's worked like a champ ever since. The flash almost completely killed the blue flame, unfortunately. So, our very first Optimus 00 is still working like a champ, even after all these years, and I only wish we'd been more smart about using liquid Meths to prime it, back when we tried to use it on the PCT, as the nasty Mautz Fire Paste didn't work worth doodley squat, and we gave up on our 00 because of that. Had we used regular Meths, I know our little 00 would have worked perfectly on our 850 mile trip that year!!! Too late old, and too late smart, at least for our PCT trip!! Huzzah to the Optimus 00!! It's a fantastic stove, and has become a real favorite of ours!! Take care, and God Bless! Every Good Wish, Doc P.S. I wish I'd have used the big camera, as I took these photos with our little Point and Shoot Nikon, which is a good little camera, but not near as good as it's bigger Nikon brother!! The big Nikon, on a tripod, would have offered better photos in the very low light. Sorry about that.