Story of an unfired 111 and Arctic Cobra

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  1. JussiK

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    So, every year me and my wife spend three or four weeks in northern Norway. One week in January, then in March and again in April and once more around June or July. We’ve had this routine for years. Every time I check Norwegian finn.no website if there’s something interesting stove related near where we are staying. There never was, until now.

    I saw an unfired, fully embossed Optimus 111 that I’ve been searching and it was only about 60km away where we currently were and we were about drive through that town later anyway. Those particular stoves in unfired condition are somewhat easy to find in Norway but for some reason I never managed to get one. This time I didn’t even bring Norwegian Kroner like used to, I thought I wouldn’t need them this time either.

    Well I messaged the seller and we met the next day at the local gas station. Sure enough, from the seller’s car’s trunk emerged an unfired, fully embossed 111 with fine original paint job. I was very happy how this day would turn out. He offered me a 111T in nice condition but i declined, have enough of those.

    Then he dug out this little burner in a sealed plastic bag and asked me did I know what burner this was? 221CNA, better known as Arctic Cobra, fresh from the factory…

    Turns out, the seller had a friend in Norwegian army and years ago he had asked this friend to get one of these burners for him before they would be scrapped. I never ever thought that I would even see 221CNA in person, nor that I would be offered to buy one, straight from the army depot, still sealed in plastic.

    After a little bargaining we made a deal for the 111 and the Arctic Cobra burner. Thankfully the seller accepted Euros, but since it’s only around an hour’s drive to Finland and locals cross the border often, it’s perfectly valid currency. Afterwards we talked a lot about stoves, collecting and how apparently both our wives think we have too many stoves… He recommended me some nice spots I hadn’t visited yet and of course they were spectacular. And lastly, we agreed that I tell my wife that I only paid 100 euros for them…

    Here are some pictures, enjoy.

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    Slotted tank lid and meths container

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    Red cookie cutter

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    Instructions in Norwegian

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    Optimus Sweden but no markings in flame ring

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    Treasure wrapped in plastic
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    Giving some air
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    Steel windshield in the background
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    For those wondering, I will leave the 111 in unfired condition but the 221CNA will be fired up.
     

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  2. Ed Winskill

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    Great find indeed!
     
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    Wow! Beautiful! Warning to everyone, keep your unfired stoves away from me because I would have to light them!
     
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    Fantastic find
     
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    Congratulations on those incredible finds!
     
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    A fabulous purchase. Well done. That second photograph, looking into the tin, is almost like an advertising photograph from the 1950s because the stove and parts are are so pristine.