Which stove to keep. Optimus or Sigg

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  1. Wwessels United States

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    Hello all and thanks for adding me to the forum. I need a little help. I got 2 camp stoves at once in a bulk deal and I'm trying to decide which one to keep and which one to sell. One is an old Sigg Firejet and the other is an older Optimus Nova. Which one would be the best to keep? Both work flawlessly.. I dont have much experience with these so I thought I'd ask those of you that do. See pic for reference. Thanks in advance.

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    I don't have a Sigg, but would keep the Nova. Parts or a parts stove would be a consideration.
    Duane
     
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    If you are a collector, keep the Sigg.
    If you want a user, keep the Nova.
     
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    @Wwessels I’ve both and the Nova is a better stove.

    Comparative benefits:
    • Spare parts readily available for the Nova, not so for the Sigg
    • More durable metal pump with the Nova, the Sigg’s is plastic
    • Nova has a much more controllable flame, down to a simmer. The Sigg doesn’t, it’s primarily a stove for boiling water
    Both can run on gasoline (preferably white gas and not pump gas) or kerosene - an air venturi lever on the Sigg.

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    Collectors Forum here. Keep both.
    :)
     
  6. Geoff Chirnside

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    @snwcmpr plus one on that, I was waiting for someone to point that out.

    @Wwessels welcome to the forum, bear in mind that there will be times
    when two stoves are needed to cook twice as much at the same time.
     
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    Duh...and buy 10 more of each.

    Ben
     
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    I do not agree, even if most of us, me included, do collect. One of the very appealing qualities of this site is shared knowledge and /or wisdom concerning more than just different types and brands of stoves. Mike
     
  9. snwcmpr

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    There are plenty of opportunities for humor. I had one, and took it.
    If you wish to find an argument in that.... you will find it to be a one sided argument, an argument that only you show up for.
    Me, I am laughing at the irony.
     
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    If for some reason you are forced to make a choice, keep the one you use.
     
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    @snwcmpr , thank you for explaining your sense of humor. Mike
     
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    Howdy, @Wwessels ,

    Welcome to CCS!! Both are neat stoves, but in truth, I must echo the comments of my fellow Stovies, and recommend that you keep the Nova! It's a much better, and far more usable stove. It's powerful, yet can simmer fairly well, and it's very well built. The Sigg is a neat stove, too, and it works, but in a more limited way, than the Nova. Parts for the Sigg are very, very hard to find, whilst you can fairly easily find parts for the Nova. Add a BD Dawg-a-Nova silent cap, and and you have the best of both Worlds: Roarer and silent stove, all in one!!

    BernieDawg Dawg-A-Nova for Nova Based Stoves by Bigdog on Shapeways

    We used to live in "Nord'East Minneapolis, back in the early 1980's. I worked to Schaak Electronics, back then, selling stereo speakers. I only had two stoves, back then: Coleman 425, and Coleman Model 400. Great snowshoeing up there, and also we love canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!! Wonderful memories!!

    Good luck on your decision, and let us all know what you decide to do! Again, glad to have you here, and hopefully, you will stick around, and enjoy being with a bunch of Stove Pyros, like us!! God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
  14. snwcmpr

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    Can you all believe this...
     
  15. Doc Mark

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    @snwcmpr ,

    It's absolutely true! In fact, I still have both of those original stoves!! I began collecting when we moved from Minneapolis, back to San Diego, and I found my very first SVEA123, at "that same old swap meet"! I fell in deep love with the older stoves, and, the rest is history!!!

    Doc
     
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    We figured you must have been born with at least a half-dozen, Mark.

    ....Arch