Primus Popular No.1

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  1. Robert Bruce

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    Steel tank, noisy burner, only Primus embossed on tank, clip on collar of pump. This is in the condition I got it, sounded unusual so I got it at a minimum bid. All seems to be there and condition is good. I will just clean it up being careful of the half decal. Then get it working.

    Cheers
    Rob

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  2. Geoff Chirnside

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    Rob that is a great find and probably not that common. They were made in South Africa but that is all that I know.
    Experts will be along soon.
    I have one that belonged to my Grandfather, probably 1950's or 60's, it was not as nice as that one when I got it
    as it had been left lying in a damp basement for 40 odd years.
    Here it is restored.

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  3. shagratork

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    They appeared in the Primus documents in the mid 1950s and into the early 1960s.
    They were called 5P where the 'P' stood for Primus Metal (Steel).
     
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    The decal on the front of your stove says “AB BAHCO
    B.A.Hjorth & Co changed their name to the initials BAHCO in 1955 & this was reflected on the famous logo.

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    Kerophile.
     
  5. Robert Bruce

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    Thanks kerophile, I knew it was 1960 by the serial number, but the AB Bahco I have not thought about, it confirms the date.

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  6. OMC

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    OLD THREAD These are among an interesting variety of steel tank Primus (some made in Sweden, some not).
    My thanks to Robert and Geoff for posting their "PRI*MUS" stoves. It turns out, both examples are very well documented in a newsletter announcing the launch of the *model in 1959. (outsourcing as early as '59, hmmm :-k). Thanks & credit to Staffan.

    Examples above are an exact match to the one in the link. Unclear how long this "Primus Popular" dated version was offered ('59 newsletter has specifics for this version).
    The newsletter (and stove) distributed internationally. The country of origin (S. Africa) is absent and maker company name also absent.
    Company name: AB Bahco Stockholm Sweden and PRI*MUS logo are present but
    > "made in Sweden" is absent (as far as I have seen).
    > with exceptions, this c1960-to-? version it seems the burners may be "made in Sweden"?.

    @Robert Bruce if you get a chance at some point you might confirm made in sweden on burner?
    Your trivet may also say "made in Sweden" (might match link?), anyway, others say only "PRIMUS".

    FYI I reported this thread *requesting title correction/edit from Primus No.5 to Primus Popular No.1
    and, with paper label (confirms ID), we're all the more thankful Robert archived this one for us :thumbup::thumbup:.
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    Above are c1960 examples, dated as I understand. Per this and many CCS posts, made in S Africa, if so, it is unclear to me, the name of S. African company?. Apex and CADAC make mention.
    FYI a 1986 Primus No.5 from CADAC , by then, is a different version. Iani lets his pics explain, quite well. It seems it too may be steel tank, I'm not certain. It's CADAC w/Shell oil sticker, others like it have steel tank.
    PS I miss Iani's input and thankful for his contributions over years.
    fyi @Staffan Rönn
     
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  7. Christer Carlsson

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    I have changed it as per your request.
    I haven't really read through all this, but how can you tell that it's not a Popular No.5? The part of the label where the model number should be is torn away.
    Is it because of the roarer burner? It could have been swapped, but of course we have to go by what we see now.
     
  8. OMC

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    That was quick, thank you.
    Good point. Well received. Despite appearance, I suppose it is not for me to say definitely it is No.1, in hindsight.
    I saw the two examples, two roarer burners and, wait for it... assumed Robert's was a No.1, w/quite crusty original roarer.
    You make a good point, he is OP original poster, has been alerted, he called it a No.5 (maybe not just mistaken), I guess we await his comment.
    Here I thought I was being helpful :content: . Sorry if it became more trouble than it's worth.
     
  9. Robert Bruce

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    OMC, at the moment I am at our hut, first load of furniture back . As soon as I am back home I will send a pic and try to answer your questions. It to me is an interesting stove being a steel tank Primus but not one of my user stoves.
    Cheers
    Rob