Radius 20

Discussion in 'Radius No:20' started by snwcmpr, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. snwcmpr

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    Thanks Duane, for suggesting a Radius 20. That was quite some time ago, and these do not come up very often.
    This is the 2nd of 2 recently acquired stoves on my short list.
    I believe I got it at such a reasonable price because the tin had sprayed black paint on it. (See the photo below).
    The same day as I won this bid, I put in a low offer for a "Tin-Only" item. And as it was accepted, I had a beautiful tin to put this beautiful stove into.
    First ... this is a very tight fitting kit. I will not store the spirit can in the kit, because I cannot find a way to 'not-scratch-it'. Any suggestions?
    The gallery shows a few of these stoves, but, only one Radius 20 has this style of spirit can, very light background color. There are 2 catalogs with the 20 in it, and not printed in color, so I can't tell much about the can style.
    Nor am I able to determine a date. Both 1932 catalog and the 1950's catalog show the 20, but I do not see any difference in order to accurately date this stove.
    I am missing the instructions and the prickers. I believe all else is there. It burns really nice.

    Enjoy,
    Ken in NC

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  2. SMolson

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    Great looking stove Ken and glad you were able to knock another one of your list. These also come in a nickel version (another to add to your list?). Mine is similar to yours, and it had an asbestos washer int he center fount hole where the burner sits (since replaced with a lead equivalent). I'd date mine to the 1950's. They are tight fits inside their cases, and the spirit can is ubiquitous to Radius stoves (support many models) and likely purchased separately as an afterthought, and will not fit inside the case. Like most slotted draughshields they are very poor at wind protection and are their primary use is to pre-heat the burner. Make another with a tin can to hang from the burner bell or use additional wind protection/break when in use outdoors as conditions dictate.

    I've seen these range in price from $25 to over $130, identical models and condition so like everything it comes down to a bit of luck and patience to get one on the low side of cost. Great little stoves, smaller than the 96 in terms of case dimensions.
     
  3. Northern Light

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    Congratulations on a great Radius 20 Ken!

    I believe your stove most likely is from 1938 -39 if all parts are original. The spirit can with the brass lid was included with Radius 20 until 1937. There is a transitional spirit can before the one in the picture. Spanners were marked "Made in Sweden" after 1937. Pumpknobs were later stamped Radius Ltd, probably in the second half of 1939. The tanklid was used after 1934 until about 1939. The early spirit cans before 1938 were not ubiquitous, but the later ones were.

    There was a packing instruction that came with the stove originally. It would have had a date stamped in it. It all should fit in the box, but it is a very tight fit.