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 275 Lantern

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The Coleman 275, 2-mantle lantern. Some people love them, while others hate them. Due to the wide ventilator I consider the 228 lantern, which was produced from 1928 to 1978, to be the predecessor to the 275. The International Coleman Collectors Club (ICCC) website shows 275 production dates of 1976-1979 and the 275A 1980-1983, so the 275 was made for only 8 years. It’s brown, though this wasn’t the first time Coleman painted their appliances brown, but compared to the various greens, reds, Continue reading