Vimal No.2 stove

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

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    A sturdy, large roarer burner stove with heavy-gauge legs and pot rest to take a tall stack of steamer pots, crucial to get the most out of a filling of kerosene when money's tight in the household

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    I read the imagery as saying that India's home and the Vimal is the top stove. Manufacturer based in Bombay, so it dates the stove as pre-1995 and the re-naming of Mumbai

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    Alongside a Primus No.2 from 1929 that's on the 'to do' list for restoration. You can see how much heavier a gauge the Vimal's pot legs are compared to the Primus's

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    ... and an Optimus 00 'Patent' for size comparison

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    The instructions seem unsure of themselves - How to use stove? - and specify the use of the stove fuel, kerosene, to prime the burner ...

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    ... which the last user has taken literally judging by the soot on pot rest and burner tubes

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    Engraving isn't up to Primus standard obviously

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    ... and the ancilliary components are a bit crudely done

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    A pleasure to use though

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  2. presscall

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    Hexagonal section riser tube over the complete length

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    Burner plate detail

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    What I'm confirming here with my Optimus Nova jet cleaning magnet is that the burner is entirely of brass, spirit cup and flame ring are steel

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    Comparison with a Primus No.2 burner, which has marginally stouter burner tubes than those on the Vimal. Threads are well-formed on the Vimal and the burners are interchangeable on the Vimal riser tube

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    Plastic feet (well, two out of three still with the stove) and a couple of spare seals

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    Also included - and superfluous for the Vimal because of its spirit cup - is a priming device. I've a French range stove I can use that for

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    Prickers are branded 'Radhika'

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    An excellent output on maximum

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    Useful simmer

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    Back up to max again

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    John
     
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    Very nice presentation of a work horse of a stove. You must have a mica lens on your camera to get such great close-up flame shots.
     
  4. DAVE GIBSON

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    i bought one of these about 10 years ago but it had a silent burner that under burned all the time.
    i got a roaring burner from Ebay and made the swap and now it runs better.not great but better.
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  5. shagratork

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    A very nice No.2-type stove.
    It looks to be be made strongly and with robust parts.
    It has a few novel features, no doubt because of how it is manufactured.
    The pump rod top is unusual, but its design with the small diameter shaft and thin end cap makes it easy to hold and pump.
    The thing that I find very attractive is the top of the roarer burner.
    The flat construction with raised lettering looks really good.
     
  6. gunsoo

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    Hi John.

    i didn't know giant style stove making from india.

    wonderful rorar flame shot !

    always good information ,thank you John :thumbup:


    Gunsoo
     
  7. mr optimus

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    Hi John brilliant documented pictured tutorial, I agree with how crudely the engraving and it's component's are, compared with the 1929 Primus.
    I all so notice how much the surface of the tank is finished compared with the Primus, on the Vimal you can really clearly see the spinning marks where the stove tank was spun.

    But the stove does look like it is well built and robust, and the flame pattern looks nicely cantered.