To date, this old, classic and collectible Optimus 8R stove is probably the most vintage portable stove I have ever owned. I have always had a thing for old camping stoves and this 8R has certainly made my collection much nicer in many ways. And to have the privilege to own one in this condition is definitely a big bonus. Here are some pictures of the actual stove.
I always thought brands like MSR were the founders of petrol fuel/ kerosene camping stoves. Oh boy was I wrong… Optimus has been around since 1899 and their products have equipped explorers, hunters, campers and even kitchens in countries all around the world since then. By the way, MSR began in 1969.
I got this Optimus 8R stove from an online auction site. I was lucky as it was only listed (less than an hour listed before I bought it). A few weeks later, it arrived and totally made my day. Stoked all around. This stove will make good company with the US Army 1950 Squad Stove.
There were a few small bits that came inside the metal box. There’s a small pump like device, two additional screw caps and the coolest looking funnel ever. I tried the pump and the first push produced some funky dust. Something I wished I have done outside of the house. I guess I will have to do some research to find out which of these parts are actually needed and what are just surplus.
A quick look online lead me to believe that this particular stove came from the 1970s production. People back then truly had a knack to design and produce things that are truly practical and ‘out of the box’. The fuel tank sliding door design is amazingly simple yet functional.
With a bit more of reasearch, I am confident that I would be able to get this classic Optimus 8R stove going. I would rather spend a bit more time reading up on the stove and how it operates than light a fire on a stove that has the fuel tank just an inch a way. Despite the rust and dents on some areas, I would say this classic and collectible Optimus 8R stoves is generally in good condition for its age.