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Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove

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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.

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Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove
 
4.6

(based on 109 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (96)
  • Good power output (63)
  • Easy to clean (55)
  • Lightweight (53)
  • Easy to light (49)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (84)
  • Hiking (68)
  • High altitude (49)
  • Car camping (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (54), Avid adventurer (49)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (54), Comfort driven (33)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90), Yes (14)

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5.0

one of the best Stove I used

By John

from Mass

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      Each year I have used this on my 3-5 day backpack in the White Mts. after careful priming and a few matches it comes to life. Many of the older backpacker hear the sound it makes and ask? "Hay s that a ..." "Yup " No matter how wet it got I can get is to work. ( Hint) put it in a zip lock bag on it after cooling and store it in a pot just big enough and save some room in your pack.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Reliable stove

      By Jim Mag

      from Maryland

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bomb-proof
      • Compact
      • Good Quality
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Small Pot Rests

      Best Uses

      • Hiking/Camping

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      Use this product for backpacking, and for making hot meals back at the truck when out fishing.

      You have to familiarize yourself with the steps to prime this stove, but once you're really familiar with the stove's quirks, it's as reliable as can be. I have had problems out in the woods with plugged jets and bum O rings on other super-light stoves in the past, but this Svea is just super reliable and it's jet is self-cleaning. Won't go back to other lightweight stoves -- this is it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      bomb proof

      By stick

      from VT

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Extremely Reliable
      • Good Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Airline Restrictions
      • Challenging To Simmer

      Best Uses

      • Hiking/Camping

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      Absolutely reliable and incredibly durable

      I got my 123 with the nesting pot set as a gift some 30 years ago and it's still going strong. A bit heavier than some other stoves but packs more efficiently. Once you get the hang of lighting it becomes really simple to operate.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Best Stove Ever!

      By JoeCT

      from Glastonbury, CT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None Come To Mind

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Hiking/Camping

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      I bought my first had a SVEA 123 circa 1981. Lasted for 25 yrs. Toyed with a couple other types of stoves…all good. But nothing beats the SVEA! Glad to be back.

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      • No

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      4.0

      The Mighty Furnance

      By The Hiking Turtle

      from New England

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Good Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Small

      Cons

      • Loud

      Best Uses

      • Hiking/Camping
      • Home Emergency
      • Picnics

      Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

      Makes a great alarm clock at the campsite or shelter.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Durable, reliable and lasts forever

      By Old Fogey

      from WI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Quality
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hiking/Camping

        Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

        I have had mine for over 40 years and have cooked at least a thousand meals on it. It still runs great every time. Tip: when using it on snow it helps to put a small piece of foam under the tank. With the little nesting cook kit I got for it (can't remember where) it is the best compact kitchen imagineable. I just wish everything I bought was as reliable.

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        • No

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        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

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            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.

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              • No

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              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.

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              • No

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              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.

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                • Q:

                  Do you ship this item Optimus Svea 123R to Australia. thanks
                  Asked on 8/24/2014 by Froggy from Australia

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Campmor ships within the U.S. and Canada only. Many of our international customers use a forward freight company, Bongo International, which can be found at https://bongous.com.

                    Answered on 8/25/2014 by Matt from Campmor
                • 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

                  2 answers

                  • A:

                    yes, BUT only if you have to. it doesnt burn very hot and burns out the whole tank in fifteen minutes. you might be able to barely boil a quart of water. where if you are careful one tank of gas will last you the whole weekend.

                    Answered on 8/24/2014 by bob from wa
                  • 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
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