Primus 325

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  1. RonPH

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    I have not seen a lot of these and am certainly happy to own one Primus alcohol stove. Definitely not a fast cooker but more of a simmer stove. I picked up the package today from UPS and very lovely indeed. I do not know when this was manufactured as there is not date on it unless someone can check in the Swedish patent office as it has a patent number. Quite ingenious as the filler cap doubles as the flame controller. I noticed also that it keeps a pilot light even with the stove is turned off to heat up the alcohol in the feed tube. I just puffed and it dies out. Another one to fettle during those cold winter days. I noticed that the tank is not made of brass but really has no rust. It will be a bit tricky disassembling it for a fresh coat of paint after a good cleaning.

    Top View

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    Underside

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    Burner/Filler Cap-Flame Control

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    Green flames - obviously has not been fired for a long time.

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    Low setting

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    High setting

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    Pilot light

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    One thing that upholds the Primus name is the ability to light up and work even if it has been in storage for a very long time.
     
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  2. Wim

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    Nice one, Ron! Fettling will be fairly straightforward as these alcohol burners are a simple, no-nonsence design. I enjoyed my Norma N°29 (twin burner) a lot, cooking breakfast on it (bacon & eggs + boiling water for coffee) a couple o'times. Great score!

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    Wim
     
  3. ulysses

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    Ron:

    I have a slightly different boating version of this stove. It has low fiddle rails about two inches high around the burner to keep pots from sliding off.

    Paul
     
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    Hey Wim, thanks for the complement. I got lucky on this one so I have officially 2 alcohol stoves a Trangia and this Primus 325.

    Paul, I would think mine is non marine stove as it does not have the railing. I wonder if you know when these stoves actually came into production? Any ideas?

    Ron
     
  5. Doc Mark

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    Evening, Ron,

    That's a nice old Primus, Sir! Congrats on scoring something that's not too common, and seems to work very well, indeed! :clap: :clap: Have fun with the rehab of it, and again, congratulations! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    Thanks Doc, I guess the stove addiction saga continues and my daughter is frowning over the number of stoves I have saying "how many stoves do you need for camping anyway". Then again, can't have enuf.

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  7. Doc Mark

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    Hi, Ron,

    The answer to the question, "Just how many stoves to you need for camping", is simple. To whit: "Always, just one more"! ;) 8) :D :D :D/ :D/ :clap: :clap: Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
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  8. ulysses

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    Ron:

    From an earlier post by Kerophile on the 325, I learned that it appears in the Primus 1948 catalog. The next earliest catalog that I could find in the reference section is 1939, and the 325 is not listed. I suspect it is a post war "modern" design and 1948 is probably close to it's introduction date.

    Paul
     
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    Paul, thanks for the info :-k 1948 you say :shock: Considering of course the power of these stoves do not match up with its kerosene/gas brothers, no one really took much interest. Interesting thought is the fact that during that period they already designed these stoves to have sort of a pilot light. The holes of the burner is quite big also and was wondering if the holes were smaller and perhaps doubled or trippled in number would have made the stove more efficient. Another thing to consider in future projects.

    Would appreciate more info on this stove model.

    Would also like observations and opinions from those who own Turm-Sport or Meva and the likes with regard to the burner holes and performances.

    Ron
     
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    This is just an update of what has been done to my 325 which was sidelined by further stove acquisitions. Today I finally got the stove frame sand blasted at a reasonable cost. Yes, it was cheaper than buying the tools and materials as I have found a shop that would do it for less. Here is how the framed looked after the sandblast.

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    I have just completed putting two layers of 1200 degree paint on it and baking it (no pictures yet) and it looks the same as bare metal. I am now contemplating on what top color will compliment the brass burner :-k lime green, optimus (tin) red, black...I do have to consider that the paint should be resistant to at least 500 degrees and there is limited color in that heat range. Hopefully by the end of the month it will be fully assembled.

    Ron
     
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    I for one am enjoying the developing process, the dedication and the finale - no doubt it will be a joy to behold.
     
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    Restoration complete (missing one peripheral though). I finally finished painting my Primus 325 after deliberating on what color to paint and decided to go with black. The only real thing missing is the cover for the tank cap/flame adjuster which perhaps I will never find :doh: so perhaps a nice sized button or a smiley (if I could find one will go over the hole.

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    On to my next project as the Primus 325 will be on the display shelf and once in a while user.

    Ron
     
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    Nice Job Ron - haven't seen many of those.
     
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    Thanks Ross, only 3 pics in the Gallery section so I guess its a rare one. Its a keeper for sure.

    Ron
     
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    Good job Ron. I like the brass with the black.
     
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    Ron,

    Perfect paint job. What is the recommended temperature to bake the paint?

    Yonadav
     
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    Yonadav, the VHT Flameproof Header Paint (aluminum color) says 250F for 30 minutes, let cool down for 30 minutes, then 400F for 30 minutes and then let cool down for 30 minutes and last is 600F for 30 minutes and let it cool down and your done :thumbup: The black paint is used for barbeque grills and requires only normal temperature to cure (no need to bake).

    Ron
     
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    Nice work Ron. Looks really good. Love the black paint.

    sam
     
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    Was not sleepy so I cleaned up the 1948 page where the 325 is shown "yawn" the best I could do so far.

    Ross, the black paint looks far better than the original cream that was on it :mrgreen:

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    Ron
     
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    I am very happy to find this topic. One week ago I bought one Primus 324, I think a little smaller than yours. Yesterday I worked on it and cooked eggs and some coffee (after a lot of work). But I need more instructions about my Primus 324. Original color a little creamy-white hope. I wish to make clean and ready for work, like at first date.