Thursday, May 13, 2021

Origo 1500

 Or spending money I don't need to .


 But you see , I have a thing for Bunsen burners . . . and this critter is made of unobtanium cause they stopped making them a few years ago . As he was ten minutes from my house , contact was made with the seller , a time and place was agreed upon . The transaction , having a bit of the sketchiness of a drug deal , went down at lunch time at the Amato's parking lot  . . . . 

BECAUSE . . .

 . . . . Folks are asking crazy money for them

Actual current price point for used ones seems to be around 450 U$ . . . yea still stupid money .

It was a bit grungy from years of neglect and storage

Nothing a bit of spit and elbow grease couldn't fix in about a half hour

A bit of Twinkle and Meguiar's Mirror Glaze to be more precise

Looks like a million bucks now . Even the "land mine" canister reeks of Sparkle. 

And a quick test shows it to boil two cups of water in under five minutes .


10 comments:

  1. You scored bigly! Wish I had seen it first! Older Coleman white gas and propane stoves are going for a premium prices these days. I am glad I have an older white gas two burner with a propane adapter to either a small bottle or a larger tank. White gas models can burn other fuels but need to be cleaned and serviced more often especially the leather seals.

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    1. I'd been keeping my eyes peeled for one for a while with no expectation of finding one and got lucky. Besides a chinesium no name propane two burner suitcase, I have a couple of Coleman 413. One is an F model from the early sixties and one the brown tank C from 1948. The tank is rusted out on the 413-C, so I modified the generator on that one to to take the green one pound propane cans. A DIY propane converter. Will need to do a post on that soon. Here is my little collection of the single burners.
      https://isserfiq.blogspot.com/2019/02/bunsen-burners-you-want-bunsen-burners.html

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    2. I haven't gone as in-depth as you have but I have been eyeing those single burner camp stoves I see at pawn shops and flea/swap markets as a good investment. I am going to use your descriptions to purchase the ones that are multi-fuel as I think those are the better investment and versatile.

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    3. The Coleman singles 400 and 500 series are always a good one. They are easy to repair and parts are readily available. The key is getting them at the right price as the aficionados have driven the prices up into silly range. Stay under 30$ and you are OK. If you can find the Optimus 111T with the silent burner they are worth big money. 300$ plus.
      Check out https://classiccampstoves.com/ for some more on the subject.

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  2. Nice. I love a little portable stove and that one looks a great one. Proper bargain as well by the looks of the other prices. I think it should be law that everyone has at least two means of boiling water in their house - just common sense! This one fits the bill perfectly.

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    1. Hi Kev, This one was certainly not a need thing but a want thing. I already have multiple other options for cooking. And the house propane fed stove (hob to you Brits) will run without electricity if needed. But like I said I have a thing for the portable stoves. This little Origo is most commonly seen in sailboats and is highly sought after by the purist among them. Roger Barnes does a neat video on his galley box set up on his cruising dingy https://youtu.be/LkjzXbbn1fA

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  3. You should buy my Jet Boil, M! 😂👍

    So do these pump up like a Coleman? I’ve never seen one before...

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    1. No pumping. Dead nuts simple just like a Trangia. You just pour in about a liter of denatured alcohol (methilated spirit as you royal subjects would say) and touch it off. The interior of the "landmine" canister is filled with rock wool and you can turn it upside down full of fuel and it will not spill. That's why they are so popular among boaters.

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    2. So what is that knob on it? Does it raise and lower the grille...?

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    3. The knob controls de damper to regulate the size of the flame. That's the only mechanical part in the whole stove.

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