Shinabro 340

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  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Hi, This is a Shinabro 340, one-pint capacity, paraffin fuelled, cased stove, which I have been working on recently.

    The Shinabro 340 is an Optimus No.00 clone, but there is one very significant and crucial difference, the burner-to-upstand joint on the Shinabro has a left-hand thread!

    How many Shinabro burners have been destroyed by users who never knew of this design quirk?

    The joint between the upstand and tank has the more conventional right-hand thread.

    I believe that this stove dates from the 1960s/70s and they were popular in the UK with youth organisations. This particular stove had a very rusted case, with a Leeds City Scout troop identity painted on it.

    I re-painted the case, replaced the stove washers and seals and generally tidied up the outfit.

    Here are some photos:

    1405269179-Shinabro-340-2.jpg 1405269250-Shinabro-340-3.jpg 1405269263-Shinabro-340-4.jpg 1405269371-Shinabro-340-5.jpg 1405269385-Shinabro-340-6.jpg 1405269399-Shinabro-340-7.jpg 1405269412-Shinabro-340-8.jpg 1405269422-Shinabro-340-9.jpg 1405269435-Shinabro-340-10.jpg 1405269447-Shinabro-340-11.jpg 1405269460-Shinabro-340-12.jpg 1405269600-Shinabro-340-13.jpg 1405269624-Shinabro-340-15.jpg 1405269727-Shinabro-3401-14.jpg 1405269647-Shinabro-340-16.jpg 1405269701-Shinabro-340-17.jpg


    This is a well-made stove, with a nice sturdy case.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Kerophile, that is a lovely stove.

    As you say, it is a '00' clone but you get so much more .....
    - funnel
    - meths bottle
    - clip for the pot supports
    - clip for the the spanner (wrench)
    - clip for the pricker
    - sturdy metal container

    Yet another stove I do not have!
     
  3. idahostoveguy

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    Very nice stove. I really like the quality of the South Korean makers, especially, the Shinabro brand. They are very well made.

    The left handed threads makes this quite interesting. You can bet there were quite a number of burners that either sheered off or were on the stove very, very tight! The old Plymouths and Dodges from the sixties muscle car era had left handed threads on one side of the car's wheel nuts. Had a Road Runner that I busted a lug bolt right off of when doing the first tire change. Boy, did I feel stupid when a mechanic friend told me they were left handed. I went to a Chevy after that.

    You did a very nice job on the case, George!

    Thanks for sharing,
    sam
     
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    Hi Trevor and Sam, thanks for your comments.
    The South Koreans made good stoves, with interesting features and innovations. The quality of this Shinabro is good and tank markings crisp:

    1405278580-Shinabro-340-19.jpg 1405278592-Shinabro-340-20.jpg 1405278608-Shinabro-340-21.jpg

    As for the case,it was stripped back to bare metal, treated with phosphoric acid to neutralise any residual rust then give two coats of quality paint. It should be more long lasting than the original single coat applied by the Maker.

    However, when you see the case alongside an original you will see that I was not too fastidious in achieving a colour match!

    1405278570-Shinabro-340-18.jpg

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  5. CJ1

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    Very nice stove!

    Nice job with the restoration.
     
  6. DAVE GIBSON

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    i have one myself,a very good runner as it fires up and burns steady without a lot of fooling around.
    i also have all the extras.
    if i recall i bought it from one of our posters from Korea some years ago.
     
  7. Big Si

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    Hi Kerophile, what's not to like about these stoves. I brought my first one in 1980 for the grand sum of £35. I now have three, it was looking for spares and how to repair the stove that brought me to this site! Now I can't stop collecting..........

    Si

    PS Trevor if you want one you only have to ask, I'm sure there is a swap to be had.
     
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    Hi George brilliant documented thread and stove.
    I love these south Korean stoves they may be clones, but the quality is superb and they have come up with some great attachments and inventions, IE heater attachments various rapid preheaters etc.
    Great advice George regarding the burner having a left hand thread, a point well worth mentioning on every Shinabro stove post.
    I have a couple of Shinabro's, a Royale 111 type which was I got from John (Pesscall), and if i am not mistaken that was from the scout movement.
    I know these nowadays are not so cheap to buy new, but back in the 60's-70's they may have been quite cheap compared with Swedish and British stoves and being of good quality may be that's the reason they were favoured with scout movements.
     
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    Hi guys
    My much used & loved Shimabro 340 was bought for me in the early '80s when I joined the scouts & started back packing.
    Still got it & use it on occasion, but now can't get any pressure in to the fuel well.
    I'm not sure if it's the leather pump washer, which is well oiled & looks ok, or the valve & the end of the pump housing.
    Is any one aware of a repair kit that will fit this make & model, as I'm desperate to get it back up & running!
     
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    Hi, do you mean the pump is not able to get air into the tank?

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/non-return-valves.6860/#post-64230

    Or, as you pressurise the tank, the pressure leaks away?

    Any leak of pressure is likely to be due to ageing/hardening of the rubber seal of the fuel cap:

    https://fettlebox.co.uk/filler-cap-96-00-210-45-etc-pack-of-2.html

    If you need a more comprhensive set of spare parts:

    https://fettlebox.co.uk/kit-b-optimus/primus-etc-1-pint-for-00-210-etc.html

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  11. Ian Pinfold United Kingdom

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    Many thanks Kerophile - that's great info.
    Will order some parts tonight!

    Ian.
     
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    @Ian Pinfold , Kerophile has provided excellent links above.

    What I would say is, if you can get pressure in the pump tube but cannot get the plunger to go down/put air into the tank, it's the NRV. If you cannot get pressure in the pump tube it is likely to be the leather cup (or less likely the NRV passing and letting the pressure back out). If it appears to pump OK but no pressure builds up, it is likely to be the filler cap seal (or less likely the NRV).
    Happy fettling! :content:

    It would be prudent to replace the lot anyway, will give you years of effortless service then. :thumbup:

    Alec.
     
  13. Ian Pinfold United Kingdom

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    Many thanks Alex

    Lots of food for thought there & suggestions to try.
    Will spend a happy few hours trying them all out.
    Will post a picture of the 'old girl' once she's happily roaring away again!

    Thanks both again.
    Ian.