Skip to content Skip to search Skip to my account Skip to main navigation Skip to footer navigation Skip to Company Information Links
Campmor

1-888-226-7667

catalog request gift registry customer service

Gear Gurus More Links
Deal of the Day!
my cart my cart -


Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove

Item #: 82426

Our Price: $89.97

Regular Price: $99.95

SAVINGS: $9.98 (10%)

While They Last!

Hot Deal

The Svea 123R Brass Backpacking Stove is a classic stove and a conversation piece. Long used by both mountaineers and backpackers it is renowned for its reliability and durability. It is compact and lightweight. It is easy to light and adjust. It is solid and sturdy. It is made of very shiny brass. This classic stove has a built in cleaning needle to keep your stove running at optimum efficiency. The fuel/flame adjustment key is attached so it can't get lost (you've got to really work at it to lose it). And the adjustment/maintenance wrenches are built into the multifunctional adjustment key. See why this workhorse of a stove has been around for generations and will be for generations to come.
  • Brass construction is solid, durable and reliable.
  • Built in cleaning needle works automatically.
  • No priming required for cold weather.
  • Control valve key doubles as a mini tool box.
  • Wrenches required for field maintenance have been stamped into the key.
  • Brass windscreen has built in pot supports which fold in for compact storage.
  • Aluminum lid also serves as a small pot to cook in; detachable handle.
  • Rating: 4,700 BTU.
  • Burn time:Up to 75 min. on one filling at maximum output.
  • Boil time: 34 fl oz.(1 L of water) in 7 minutes depending on climate, altitudes etc.
  • Fuel: White gas, Coleman fuel.
  • Size: 5 in. x 4.5 in. (folded).
  • Weight: 18 oz.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove
 
4.6

(based on 103 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (90)
  • Good power output (63)
  • Easy to clean (55)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Easy to light (49)

Cons

  • Difficult to light (13)
  • Poor temperature control (6)

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (83)
  • Hiking (63)
  • High altitude (49)
  • Car camping (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (52), Avid adventurer (45)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (54), Comfort driven (33)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (85), Yes (13)

Reviewed by 103 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Legendary

By How Swede it is

from Leadville, CO

About Me Avid Adventurer

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      Coolest camp stove ever. No pump, one moving part. No plastic. They'll be making this thing after another century.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Superb Quality!

      By Michigan Badger

      from Holland, Mi

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Quality
      • Relable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Emergency Back-up
        • Hiking/Camping

        Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

        I am the type who appreciates and insists on quality. I will not waste my money on junk. Pick this stove up and the superb quality is obvious - it has the feel of a very well made product. Reviews from others confirm it's reliability. No problems lighting with a short pre burn with fire paste. The solid brass makes this thing a real beauty and something to admire. Liked so much, I bought two - one for camping and one to keep on hand for home emergency.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Classy Stove, not fat, just big boned

        By Backwoods

        from North Cascades, Wa.

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Sized To Go Everywhere

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Hiking/Camping

        Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

        Have only used this stove on day hikes so far, but should also be capable of overnighters+. The Al. pot that comes with it makes for me anyway a great cup for coffee, I would have liked also a taller pot that could cover the bottom 2/3 of the stove and use the same removeable handle to have for other cooking, and would also serve as a cover for the stove like the smaller pot.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bulletproof

        By Test of Timer

        from MT

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hiking/Camping

          Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

          This stove is bulletproof. And it works...every...single....time....without fail. If I had a dollar for every MSR stove being tinkered with....babied...cleaned...parted out, around the camp cooking area in the backcountry, I'd be a rich man. I'll say it again...when it counts, when it's cold, when it's raining, when it's blowing, when it's at high altitude.....when you need that stove lit NOW. The Svea 123R does just that. The minor side issues of size/weight compared to others is easily discounted when compared to reliability and durability in the backcountry. 'Nuf said.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove

          By mike

          from Vancouver, WA

          About Me Environmentalist

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Good Quality
          • No Disposable Canisters
          • Reliable
          • Runs On White Gas
          • Simple

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Bike Trekking
            • Camping

            Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

            I have had my Svea stove for over 40 years and it still works perfectly. It should not go unnoticed how many people say the same thing about this stove.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Svea stove runs for 42yrs no problems

            By Gelly

            from Perris, CA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Function
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Hiking/Camping

            Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

            I usually prime mine with an eye dropper of fuel. In the beginning I would just warm it with my hands. It burns hot and trouble free and the only down side might be the weight when compared with other stoves now on the market, but having used it on hundreds of trips the last forty years I would say it has earned its keep and I have even used it at home when power was out.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great, simple, reliable stove

            By Chris the moto-adventurer

            from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Repair
            • Easy To Run
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cold Weather
              • Hiking/Camping

              Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

              Once you get it started, it stays running till it runs out of fuel. No need to keep priming, no need for a pump to keep pressure up. Very simple to use. I prefer to prime it by opening the valve 1/4 turn and holding my lighter under hte bottom of the tank for a minute or two. Then close the valve, light the prime, and just before it goes out open the valve. Cold weather doesn't affect it. About the only thing that can clog up is the wick, and you can make a new wick out of any cotton string you can find. And they tend to be trouble free for decades before you ever have to worry about that.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Most reliable stove ever made

              By Sidewinder

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Good Quality

              Cons

              • Somewhat Noisy

              Best Uses

              • Hiking/Camping

              Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

              Bought mine in 1970. Original made in Sweden, no cleaning needle model. I only use pure white gas (no Coleman fuel). It can be a little unstable with a full quart of water on top. One word of warning: Do not run it out of fuel at full throttle or it will scorch the wick. Stove will still work, but will not produce quite as much heat as it used to. A friend of mine gave me what was left of his old Svea - looked like it had been in a fire, then thrown off a cliff! I straightened everything out, made some new pot supports out of bent nails, put fresh gas in it, and it fired right up! The Svea is the only stove I trust to work every time.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect gift for my son!

              By Minnesota camper

              from Claremont, MN

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Light
              • Great temperature control
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking

                Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

                My son has always wanted one of these. It was a Christmas gift for him.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Comfort Driven
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Old school is better then new school

                By spydermonky

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Clean
                • Easy to Light
                • Great temperature control
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backpacking
                  • Hiking

                  Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

                  I got my SEAV 123 from my dad, he got it handed down from my grandfather back in the 70's who bought his in 1955! This little guy is a great stove. Yeah, some of those newer stoves are lighter and easier to light, but I have never worried about this puppy not lighting up....a little gas and WHOOSH! (literally).

                  I can boil 2 cups of water in 2 min flat, easy to take apart and clean (which I do after every outing) with a needle and a Leather-man. Fuel is easy to find anywhere in the US, or abroad. They aren't supposed to run on car petrol but for a quick camp out on the side of the road it does the job fine. Heavier then modern day stoves but they seem a little too fragile for me. I have done over night trips to 2 week backpacking excursions with this stove. I live in Oregon so bad weather and Mountains are what I live with. This stove fit that bill of tough, dependable, and light weight. Haven't seen the newer ones, but I am not letting go of this one!

                  • What Is Your Gear Style:
                  • Minimalist
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                  Displaying reviews 1-10

                  Back to top

                  Previous | Next »

                  Do you have questions about this product?

                  get answers from real customers and in-house experts with AnswerBox.

                  12 Questions | 20 Answers
                  Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »
                  • Q:

                    sir,
                    do u have some svea123 made in sweden in stock??
                    thanks
                    Asked on 3/20/2014 by j from j

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Unfortunately the current Svea's are made in China. When Katadyn took over Svea the product switched to China. You may want to check site like Craig list to see if you can get an older model. I would say before 2000.

                      Answered on 3/20/2014 by Steve from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    do you have jets for the svea 123 ( not the r ).
                    I need 10 thanks.
                    Asked on 1/20/2014 by joe from houston tex.

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Campmor does not carry the jets for this stove. We would suggest contacting Optimus at 1-800-755-6701.

                      Answered on 1/20/2014 by Matt from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    WHERE CAN I GET THE PAST FOR LIGHTING THE STOVE ? I HAVE MY FATHERS OLD STOVE AND IT REQUIRES THE PAST TO LIGHT IT
                    Asked on 10/21/2013 by dewayne from shreveport la.

                    3 answers

                    • A:

                      This is what you want:

                      http://www.coghlans.com/products/fire-paste-8607

                      Coghlans Fire paste

                      Answered on 1/17/2014 by Greg from Suwanee, Ga
                    • A:

                      You don't need paste. You use denatured alcohol or white fuel (coleman gasoline) dripped into the sunken area at the center of the tank. That will heat it up enough to run.

                      Answered on 10/24/2013 by Me from Here
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Yes you can get parts for the 123. However Campmor does not carry parts for the 123. You can get parts for the Svea 123 through A+H:
                      http://packstoves.net/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=10_38

                      Answered on 10/21/2013 by Matt from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    what is volume of the tank?
                    Asked on 10/8/2012 by charlie from LA

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      The Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove has a 4 fluid oz fuel tank.

                      Answered on 10/9/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    What size is the lid/pot?
                    Asked on 8/2/2012 by Jesus Swag from Bham Alabama

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove has a cup/ lid that is 3 7/8" diameter and 2" deep.

                      Answered on 8/3/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    how well does the stove work
                    Asked on 12/8/2011 by mizelle1234 from virginia

                    3 answers

                    • A:

                      You could have this stove drop out of your pack, fall down a rock face, get hit by every rock on that face, find it on your return hike and still cook lunch on it.

                      Answered on 3/15/2013 by Adam from Chicago
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Works very well. An expedition stove that is used for mountaineering and backpacking trips.

                      Answered on 12/9/2011 by Anonymous
                    • A:

                      I have one that is almost 40 years old and I have never had a problem with it. It is very reliable and easy to use. It is small (an advantage if backpacking), but it does limit the size of the pots/pans you can use. It is not something you would want to use to cook for a group of people, but it is perfect for individual use. Highly recommended.

                      Answered on 1/7/2012 by Chuck from Charleston, SC
                  • Q:

                    Where can I get repair parts, specifically a replacement wick?
                    Asked on 11/24/2011 by Birt from West Chicago, IL

                    3 answers

                    • A:

                      This stove doesn't use a wick. The tank is preheated by burning a small amount of fuel or fire paste type product in a reservoir area at the base of the stem. The brass colored windscreen portion of the stove is removable. Within a minute or so the priming fuel or solvent is burned off and the tank is heated enough that vapors will come through the stove head when you turn the stove on. There are after-market pumps made for the SVEA 123 stove if you don.t like the open flame method. As the tank/stove gets hotter the flame gets more like a home stove. These stoves virtually never need any parts. There are people on the net that talk about having this stove for 30 years with the last 10 years sitting and they start up and work great. These stoves even have a nozzle cleaner built in, When the gas is turned off the needle pops through the nozzle clearing it if any carbons or soot.

                      Answered on 12/30/2012 by Seafury007 from Bakersfield, CA
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      KATADYN OPTIMUS 800-755-6701

                      Answered on 11/25/2011 by Steve from Campmor
                    • A:

                      You could go buy a cotton mop head and have enough wicks for centuries. Make sure the mop head is all cotton. (usually if there are multiple styles this will be the cheaper one.

                      Answered on 7/10/2012 by 111t from Olean New York USA Earth
                  • Q:

                    Where is the fuel housed in this stove? At the bottom?
                    Asked on 6/25/2011 by Lesia from Elkins West Virginia

                    2 answers

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      yes, there is a reservoir at the bottom of the stove.

                      Answered on 6/27/2011 by Anonymous
                    • A:

                      Yes.

                      I've never had it leak when I don't empty the tank after using it. I do put it in a vertical pocket on the outside of my pack.

                      Answered on 6/30/2011 by Gershon from Pueblo, Co
                  • Q:

                    Can you burn alcohol in this stove?
                    Asked on 5/4/2011 by Goosecreek

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      No, the Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove is not designed to burn alcohol. It's designed to burn white gas, also know as Coleman Fuel.

                      Answered on 5/4/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                  • Q:

                    I know that Optimus has been bought out by Katadyn and that the Svea 123R is no longer made in Sweden. QUESTION: Where is the Svea 123R now manufactured?
                    Asked on 3/19/2011 by Hikin' Jim from LA

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      They are now made in Taiwan

                      Answered on 3/23/2011 by Betty
                  Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »

                  Do you have a question about this product? 

                  Would these items help you out on your next adventure?

                  Questions?


                  8am - 10pm ET, Monday through Friday
                  9am to 7pm ET, Saturday

                  or call us at (800) 525-4784
                   
                  More Ways To Shop
                  Shop By Brand
                  The best names in outdoor equipment

                  Shop Specials
                  Check out the latest price breaks.

                  Shop TrailMail
                  Check out the newest edition of our TrailMail e-mail.
                  From The Gear Gurus
                  Tent Info & FAQ
                  Quick look up for your tent information.

                  Pack Care & Fit
                  See which pack is meant for you.

                  Sleeping Bag Insulation & Care
                  Information on how to care for your sleeping bag.

                  Need Assistance?
                  Live Chat
                  Need immediate assistance?

                  Customer Service
                  1-800-525-4784

                  Order Tracking
                  Where is your order?

                  Company Information
                  Order now via phone: 1-888-226-7667

                  Find Campmor On
                   
                             
                  Additional Information
                  10.86.145.40, spp09comm02s