Optimus 323 Pack Stove – Rebuild

Optimus_323_First_Burn

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

M-1950 Cooking Stove

 

M-1950, Coleman 1951 as I found it

M-1950, Coleman 1951 as I found it

I’ve got a handful of the U.S. Army’s M-1950 stove. My father had one of these and an M-1942 MOD stove which he stored in the garage rafters when I was a kid. Sometimes I would climb up there and take them down and play with them (never lit them, though). The moving parts were interesting and thinking about them years later sparked a renewed interest in them and got me started on collecting Continue reading