Primus 51 1936

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  1. Blueflame

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    A flea market find. 1936 (date code AA) Primus 51. As this is new to me I would like to know if the photos show a complete stove. Would a cleaning/polishing be in order or is the patina something which is desirable?

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    @Blueflame

    The stove looks complete to me, except for the flame ring on the burner - but will require new washers and seals, I guess.

    It appears to have a lot of verdigris, so you have to decide whether to polish or not - it's your choice. If you decide not to polish, then try first cleaning with microfibre cloth and detergent.

    If I had a stove in that state I would clean it, polish it, and re-lacquer it, but it's up to you.

    Here's a good tutorial from @kerophile:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/optimus-no-100-late-model.33238/#post-339848

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Nice looking stove. It does need a replacement flame ring which won't match the extreme patina of the stove. If it were mine, I'd clean the stove as @Tony Press has recommended. It's a lot of work but I think you'll be pleased with the results.

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    @kerophile & @Blueflame

    I don't know what went wrong there - obviously I inserted the incorrect link!

    Kerophile's link above is the one I meant to insert.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Well I did some fettling on this one....lots of corrosion, won't get any better I fear. Made a temporary flame cone...will get a repro soon. Not much to do except the cleaning...seems to burn well.

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    Wow, I really like your muffin tin flame ring. The ingenuity around here is a constant source of amazement.

    Ben
     
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    @Blueflame

    That's looking much better.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Betty Crocker knew a few things about stoves...I just took inspiration from her!
     
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    Well I wasn't happy with my 2-piece muffin tin flame spreader cone...so I stumbled across another Cave Man idea...it was staring at me from my work bench. WD40 empty spray can top. Cut it off and trimmed small diameter to fit. Much better now as it's one piece.

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