Optimus 323 Pack Stove – Rebuild

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Roughly 6 months ago I bought an Optimus International 323 backpacking stove. I believe this is a stove from the 1970’s, however, I cannot find much information about it. The size is similar to the brown Coleman 400 stove from that same era. Not knowing much about it I figured it would be interesting to have a close look at this design. I studied the auction photos and it was clear that something was leaking as the plastic knobs were partially melted and was likely on fire Continue reading

Coleman Model 2 Stove – Fount Paint and Stencil

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Here’s my Model 2 stove fount before I began to restore it

In a previous post I described the repair I performed on my 1925 Coleman Model 2, two-burner stove fount (fuel tank). Once repairs were complete and I tested the stove to ensure I had resolved all of the leaks, I needed to take the next step which is to repaint the fount gloss black and add the gold Coleman lettering. I hated to say goodbye to the nearly 95 year-old letters but Continue reading