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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 99 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (87)
  • Good power output (63)
  • Easy to clean (55)
  • Easy to light (49)
  • Lightweight (49)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (83)
  • Hiking (60)
  • High altitude (49)
  • Car camping (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (51), Avid adventurer (42)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (54), Comfort driven (33)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82), Yes (12)

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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

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    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.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 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.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 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.

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      (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

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        (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

           
          5.0

          They last forever!

          By Link

          from VA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Hiking

            Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

            I have two of these, one in my daypack and one in my multiday pack. One is over 25 years old and still works like it did when new. I couldn't be more pleased with this stove.

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

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Wonderful classic stove!

            By Old Coot Hiker!

            from Southern CA.

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Great temperature control
            • Powerful
            • Zero Moving Parts

            Cons

            • Bulkier Than Some Stoves
            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • High Altitude

            Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

            I have used SVEA 123 stoves for over 40 years. New ones don't have the quality of the Swedish manufactured stoves but, are VERY CLOSE. They should last new users a lifetime. The stove is not difficult to light but, it can be scary until you are experienced. The start-up flames reach about 10-12 inches until the stove is at working temperature and ignites. Stability is limited but workable for large pots. The best feature by far is that there are no parts to wear out. The flame jet is cleaned by reversing the valve. ZERO spare parts and ZERO malfunctions are the hallmark of this stove. It will perform when newer designs are dead. That's why it has been in production for about 100 years. Highly Recommended!

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

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            I'm hiding this one!

            By Jonny M

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Powerful
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking
              • High Altitude

              Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

              Yes, I'm hiding this one. My son "borrowed" my 1970's vintage Svea. He has told me that I will never get it back. He loves the old-school style of this stove. I love that it always roars to life anytime, anywhere. While many newer stoves will plug up using older Coleman gas, this one burns just as hot as ever, though the flame is more yellow than blue.

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

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good compromise between BTUs and weight

              By Suwannee

              from North Central Florida

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful
              • Stable

              Cons

              • Difficult to Light

              Best Uses

              • Canoekayak Camping

              Comments about Optimus Svea 123R Backpacking Stove:

              I carry it on overnight kayak trips. Hot burner and doesn't take much room. Recommend methanol to preheat, not isopropyl alcohol. [White gas works too, but it's a bit scary in a wind.]

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

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              • 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
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