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Re: svea 123

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:46 pm

I also have had one since 1972. I got a nostalgic kick out of the video. I have the same setup of the stove and windscreen as in Freestone's photos. I used it for years, but finally gave it up when I took it in for repairs to REI and the cost of the repair was more than a Coleman Feather 400. Having just been on a group trip with my son's school where someone had a Feather 400 that worked perfectly, I opted for the Coleman. But I can't bear to throw away the Svea.



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Re: svea 123

Postby hikin_jim » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:45 am

rlown wrote:He also learned about why you remove the key the hard way.
:lol: Yeah, it only took me once to learn that one.

Priming isn't really hard with a Svea 123, particularly if you use a little squeeze bottle of alcohol (which primes cleaner and doesn't fireball). I think priming a Whisperlite is much trickier, particularly in kerosene.

Glad you liked the vid.

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Re: svea 123

Postby hikin_jim » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:52 am

LMBSGV wrote:I also have had one since 1972. I got a nostalgic kick out of the video. I have the same setup of the stove and windscreen as in Freestone's photos. I used it for years, but finally gave it up when I took it in for repairs to REI and the cost of the repair was more than a Coleman Feather 400. Having just been on a group trip with my son's school where someone had a Feather 400 that worked perfectly, I opted for the Coleman. But I can't bear to throw away the Svea.

Dude! Don't throw away your classic Svea 123! That's like throwing away a '63 Chevy Corvette. Sacrilege! ;)

Seriously though, the Svea 123 is very simple. You can almost always repair them unless the tank is physically cracked or something like that. If there's no physical rupture or failure, you can almost always get them working again. New wick, new tank cap gasket, good to go.

Like I say, the Svea 123 is the only stove that came out in the 1950's ('54?) that is still being produced today. There's a reason for this. It's one of the most reliable white gas stoves ever produced. It's extremely robust and well designed and is the lightest and most compact in its class. Very worth restoring. Heck, send it to me before you scrap it!

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