This 1970's Primus Camp Stove is the perfect mini stove for backpacking across the world and will never let you down. These stoves work well at all altitudes, temperatures and inclement weather conditions, never failing to light and deliver a hot meal.
The stove works on a self pressurizing principle. Unlike many other stove designs that require you to constantly pump up the fuel tank to create pressure, the Optimus 8R creates its own pressure to feed the burner. There is a priming ritual that must be performed where you preheat the burner with a flame. I carry a small 1 oz. squeeze bottle with alcohol to perform this task. Runs on regular gasoline which is the easiest fuel to come across, and will run for 4 -6 days on one tank of gas if used conservatively.
You put a little alcohol or other flammable fluid into a little pan built under the burner. Light the liquid and in around 40-50 seconds you can open the fuel valve and the warmed white gas will vaporize as it enters the hot burner. When you turn the valve regulator to the open position, gas vapor will flow and you can then light the burner. The whole process takes a couple minuets tops. A little extra work to start but then you can use the stove with no pumping which is nice.
This stove offers the convenience of a hot meal on any trail, without any newfangled safety features and poor materials quality found in modern made equivalents. Old Optimus stoves last and last, and will probably outlast you! These Swedish made stoves were so popular in their day that there were Russian copies made for years in the USSR for backpackers and the military.
Untested but comes with all the accessories and has been well used and taken care of
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