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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 106 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (93)
  • Good power output (63)
  • Easy to clean (55)
  • Lightweight (52)
  • Easy to light (49)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (84)
  • Hiking (66)
  • High altitude (49)
  • Car camping (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (54), Avid adventurer (46)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (54), Comfort driven (33)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88), Yes (13)

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5.0

Best Stove Ever!

By JoeCT

from Glastonbury, CT

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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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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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.

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        • 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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          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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          (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.

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            • No

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            (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.

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              • No

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              (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.

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              (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.

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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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