Radius 17 and Opt. 00

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  1. marblecreek

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    Just finished fettling a Radius 17 and an Optimus 00. The Opt. 00 is likely from the mid-1960's. I have no clue about the age of the Radius. The Radius is a real powerhouse. I am impressed with the quality of the Radius. I felt very fortunate that the NRV valves in both stoves were not stuck.

    Here are some pics.

    Radius box (any ideas about age?)
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    Radius
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    Radius Fired Up! I haven't decided if I want to polish the stove or leave it as is.
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    Optimus fettled
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    Optimus running (still burning out carbon deposits)
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  2. kerophile

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    Hi Steve, You have done some good fettling and your two classic stoves appear to be operating well.

    I reckon your Radius 17 probably dates from the 1950s-early 1960s but that is just an educated guess. I reckon the stove would look even better with some GSR treatment and a mild polish :D :D

    Well Done,
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    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi Steve, I have posted some additional photos of the engraving on the tanks of my two Radius No.17 stoves featured in the CCS Reference Gallery. One stove is, I believe, considerably earlier than the other.
    Check out these photos and let me know how the markings on the tank of your Radius 17 stove compare.

    Hope this helps.
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    Kerophile.
     
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    Thanks for the comments Kerophile. You have shamed me into cleaning up the Radius 17. :D I'll take a look at the markings and see how they compare.
     
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    Here are four pictures of the Radius 17 stove; three of markings, one of burner.
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    Steve
     
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    As per Kerophile's suggestion, the No. 17 is now in full form.
    Steve

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    Hi Steve,Your Radius 17 does look much better with a uniform shine! Just keep it clean now and it should build up a nice new, even, patina over the years.

    Looking at your tank markings it appears as if you have no "Shooting Star" logo at all, merely the reference to Radius Ltd. I therefore believe that this is one of their later stoves before manufacturing effectively stoppped in 1963.

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/14

    Radius always made very high quality products, as good as, if not better than the other major Swedish Manufacturers,

    Look after your lovely stove.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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