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  • From JK Quek at 4/15/14 10:39 PM
    • What's your definition of "white gas" as per your specification?

      Can one use petrol as a fuel for this burner?

      "Fuel type: Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel"
    • Hey JK,

      Thank you for your question.

      While this multi-fuel type stove would most likely run on petrol, albeit not very efficiently, Optimus highly discourages that for a number of reasons. Here is a quote regarding the issue from their website:

      "Unleaded car gasoline contains a lot of additives that are needed for smooth engine operation etc, but these additives are extremely health hazardous and they are not burnt off properly when used in a stove. Instead, they escape as hazardous fuel vapour and exhaust fumes. Therefore, never use car gasoline of any kind for your stove!"

      White Gas, in regards to camping equipment, is the name commonly given to a blend of high-efficiency fuels specifically designed for use with lanterns or stoves. There are three companies making commonly available white gas type fuels: Coleman Fuel, MSR Superfuel and Optimus Arctic Fuel. These are not typically available through online retailers, as there are postal restrictions with mailing fuel, but can commonly be found at your local sporting goods store or outdoor retailer. While the Optimus Hiker+ will accept many fuel types, it will run most cleanly and efficiently with white gas fuel. Alternatives, such as diesel or kerosene, should only be used in situations where white gas is not available.

      Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

      Best regards,
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Optimus - Hiker+

Price: $219.95
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Versatile Backcountry Stove
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The Optimus Hiker+ is a classic! For 70 years this stove has been getting the job done. Now it has been upgraded with the award winning Optimus Nova burner. The rugged and compact steel case protects the tank and burner when packed.
Manufacturer Optimus
Weight 56 oz.
Color Black / Green
Mfg Sku/Part Number 8016278
Fuel Type Multi-Fuel
Stove System Stove Only
Other Features Average boil time for 1 L of water: ~ 3.5 min/1 l water, depending on climate, altitude etc.
Average burn time: up to 2 h at maximum output (using 350 ml fuel)
Fuel type: Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel
Kit includes: Complete stove with built in tank and pump
Output (BTU): 9725
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How'd they manage to mess up this poor stove so badly? Review by bob

If I'm reading the specs correctly, this stove weighs 3.5 POUNDS. It's a descendant of the classic Optimus 8R and 99 models, and my old 99 weighs 1.5 pounds with half a tank of gas!

I see that they've made a pump integral to fuel tank, where it was originally a separate optional accessory (and not really needed, in my experience..I never bought one as the stove is designed to self-pressurize).

Gone is the top cover that made a pan, along with the pot handle and windscreen. Instead, the case (presumably now steel) appears to be a clamshell design with a fixed hinge and only serves to weigh the thing down while providing no additional functionality.

I just had to remark on what appears to be a spectacular example of ruining a classic design for no discernable reason.

(Posted on 4/9/15)

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