Primus No.50 from 1939.

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  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Hi, I am the current custodian of this fine Primus No.50, which I received two days ago
    (Thanks to Nick and Ross).

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/11155

    This is the steel-tank model of the Primus 50-series. The tank would originally have been dull Nickel-plated, but some of this has been lost. These stoves and are relatively uncommon, probably as a result of tank corrosion during their lifetime.

    The Primus No.50 is fitted with a roarer burner.

    This particular example dates from 1939, as you can see from the photo of the date code, which unusually for a Primus stove is located on the top of the tank, under a press-fit collar, which surrounds the upstand socket.

    Here are some photos:

    1248715495-Pr.50.-St.300-1.jpg 1248715521-Pr.50.-St.300-2.jpg 1248715563-Pr.50.-St.300-3.jpg 1248715654-Pr.50.-St.300-4.jpg 1248715614-Pr.50.-St.300-5.jpg 1248715682-Pr.50.-St.300-6.jpg 1248715720-Pr.50.-St.300-7.jpg 1248715750-Pr.50.-St.300-8.jpg 1248715773-Pr.50.-St.300-9.jpg 1248715818-Pr.50.-St.300-10.jpg 1248715849-Pr.50.-St.300-11.jpg 1248715872-Pr.50.-St.300-12.jpg

    The stove performs powerfully and easily passed the Kerophile "Tea Test" after I fettled it. There is a little yellow in the flame, but this is to be expected as this is the first tank of fuel for a long time and I did have to clear some rust out of the tank.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. RonPH

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    Unusual to see a steel tank on the stove. Could that be a prototype one of a kind thing? By golly, you are very lucky to have such a stove, then again you do have to worry about the corrosion. BTW the collar on the tank, is it brass or steel?

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    George, you always have the best stoves. Where in the world do you find all these?
     
  4. kerophile

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    Hi Ron, The Primus No.50 and its silent sister the Primus No.53 were indeed production stoves, but "budget" models, undercutting the brass tank models on price.

    The "collar" is nickel-plated brass, and is a neat way of avoiding having to impress lettering onto a tough steel tank.

    If you check out the link I provided you will see earlier photos of this stove, taken by BNK, when he was its custodian.

    Which neatly answers Matt's question. Many of my most intersesting and unusual stoves have come to me by the kindness of my stove-pals on CCS.

    These are often stoves that seldom, if ever, appear on the open market, of if they do, not at prices I could afford...

    My thanks to all these pals.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile
     
  5. brassnipplekey

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    Stove Karma ;)
    The 50 stove came to me as a little 'Thank you' from Ross , This 2 years ago at Newark ... George on seeing the stove said 'oooh nice'with a dribble :) .
    On my recent gig to the U.S I was kindly gifted a further 50 by Canadian Iain (Cheers :) ).. allowing me to pass this one through to what I knew would be an appreciative custodian .
    Good to see it passing the highly scientific Kerophile 'tea test' ;)

    Thanks to all involved .

    Nick
     
  6. kerophile

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    Hi Nick, and other friends, these classic stove are obviously "made round, to go around", as the old saying goes.
    I am still in the early days of my relationship with this stove, so we had tea together again this morning.

    I had flushed out the tank and burner again to get rid of rust particles coming through from the tank.
    As you can see the flame pattern is much improved:

    1248801286-Pr.50.-St.300-13.jpg 1248801308-Pr.50.-St.300-14.jpg 1248801350-Pr.50.-St.300-15.jpg 1248801372-Pr.50.-St.300-16.jpg

    What a great stove!

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  7. Wim

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    Hi George,

    glad you enjoyed your cuppa! ;)
    It strikes me as being rather odd, re-tooling for making (mild)steel tanks, and then have them plated to save money :shock: . I know British mfg'ers used steel tanks during WW2, to save both costs and brass but they painted their tanks, which would be more effective in the saving department I guess :roll:

    Anyhow, very interresting stove with a story behind it, and a good performer too! :clap:

    Regards,

    Wim
     
  8. Ed Winskill

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    Nick has this Aladdin's Cave in the back of his car; he opened it for me at Newark a few years back and many golden nuggets glistened....

    And he kindly gave me one!