Radius No.17 recent fettle.

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  1. kerophile

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    Hi, I recently acquired another Radius No.17 stove, this one was listed as:

    "Antique brass RADIUS from SWEDEN camping stove in an antique case (not original) with antique brown glass fuel bottle".

    It appeared to be complete and have a good tank and burner.

    Here are some of the seller's photographs:

    Radius 17-6.JPG Radius 17-5.JPG Radius 17-1.JPG Radius 17-2.JPG Radius 17-3.JPG

    The Radius 17 is a classic 1.75 pint, paraffin, collapsible stove, fitted with a roarer burner. This particular stove is an fairly early model and probably dates from the very late 1930s, around the start of WW2.

    I renewed the burner washers, but the pump leather was good, so I only had to lubricate it. I checked the NRV and found that the original cork "pip" was still supple and in good condition. I only had to turn it over in its brass carrier and re-fit it.

    After a good wash, I could see that the stove still had a lot of its original lacquer coating although it was rather patchy, so I decided to remove it. Radius stoves have wonderful tank markings and since I like to study these in detail, a polished surface is helpful:

    Here are some photos taken after fettling:

    Polished-R17-31.jpg Polished-R17-22.jpg Polished-R17-29.jpg Polished-R17-25.jpg Polished-R17-26.jpg Polished-R17-28.jpg Polished-R17-35.jpg

    I have already posted photos of the Radius pickers and spanners (wrenches) that came with the outfit, in the Paraffinlalia Section on CCS:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/radius-jet-prickers.32186/

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/radius-spanners-wrenches.32185/

    I will post some additional stove photos in the Reference Gallery later. This turned out to be a very interesting stove and I am glad I acquired it.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. patatwin

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    Nice stove, and a good job !
     
  3. tofta

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    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful.
    And very antique as I understand.
    Any special reason for adding a wick?

    All the best, e
     
  4. kerophile

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    Hi @tofta these fibreglass wicks provide a more focussed and efficient pre-heat in my experiene. The other advantage is that you don't have boiling meths spitting liquid meths over my nice polished tank.

    As to your "very antique" comment, that applies to its new owner as well.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Excellent restoration as usual, Mr @kerophile. :thumbup:

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    I'd like a RADIUS. It's on my want list. Very good job.
     
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    Nice job cleaning it up. I have many of the Radius stoves, left in there used state, but functional. Cool graphics on them.
    Duane
     
  9. tofta

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    @kerophile
    Interesting; I have used wicks for cold weather, think I used brass wire to control the fiberglass. For my – not too many – polished stoves I use a pre heater, but I can see the benefit from the wick controlling the spirit.
    I also use a piece of thicker brass wire the length of the wick/rope and “coil” the thin wire around (not too hard). That way the wick stays in place better when transporting the stove.

    Slightly different angels but similar solutions – yes interesting.
    All the best, e