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A wise choice.

I went camping a few weeks ago and came to start my 533 and for the first time it had a fault! I filled it up and when I pressurised it the on/off valve was leaking and nothing came out of the ring! Well, I thought it's given stellar service for 15+ years I can't complain. At least I can get all of the parts still. But guess what? In the morning I tried it again and it ran perfect!

I usually leave it with fuel in it and pressurised all winter but this time for some reason I'd left it empty and unpressurised. That's all I can put it down to. It seems to be back to it's reliable self now and I trust it enough to use it again on my next month long trip. No wonder they haven't altered the design over the years it's bombproof. I'm sure yours will give you 20 years of service. I'd suggest leaving it pressurised though.
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Well after much searching reading and very nice offers of stoves for sale I opted for the Coleman 442 feather £27 from a well known auction site hopefully it will arrive in time to try it this weekend on a short trip to Norfolk does anyone know the make of the saucepan that it seems to fit into very well......
Zebra Billy cans are brilliant !!

Zebra Stainless Steel Billy Can 14cm, Cooking Equipment

My larger 533 dual fuel fits into the 16mm diameter Zebra but it's just too big for the 14mm.

Your feather might slide perfecty into the 14mm. Measure it's widest part when it arrives (inc the pump) and see.

The Zebras aren't cheap but they are great kit and should last a lifetime.
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A wise choice.............

...............I'd suggest leaving it pressurised though.

or do what i used to do, if its going to be put away for the winter then drain it, make sure its dried out properly, put a spoon of engine oil in the tank and pull out the pump and vaseline the leather washer. then 1st time its used put a spoon of red-x in the tank and it'll clean it out nicely. i used mine for about 7yrs without cleaning or spares.
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It's good to hear that you can store these stoves pressurized.

I always store mine unpressurized. I worry that the pressure would exert constant force on the seals and make them fail sooner.
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It's good to hear that you can store these stoves pressurized.

I always store mine unpressurized. I worry that the pressure would exert constant force on the seals and make them fail sooner.
depends how long its going to be stored i guess? i never had any trouble with storing it for half a year broke down and seals smeared with vaseline, but i do know if left for that long without precautions the seals can dry out, shrink and split. mine had a leather seal in the pump, that dried out quickly but plumped up again with a drop of oil. i believe the newer stoves have o-ring seals, someone confirm? mine did in the filler cap that dried and split once, hence the vaseline regime
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Optimus Nova- dropped, squished, never had a problem-
ran it on diesel and petrol
great burner with quick disconnect- I recommend it
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I have an MSR XGK II

Sounds like a rocket burner when it is going, probably because it goes like a rocket burner. In nearly 20 years I have cleaned the jet twice (mine is the early version without the shaker jet) and put vaseline on the leather pump washer once. I store it with the pump in the bottle, without emptying the fuel. It takes a bit of practice to get it to simmer but will do it, it just takes a bit of getting used to. I have run it with kerosene/parrafin but, travelling with the bike, I just use unleaded these days.

MSR have a completely new version out now, and there are no doubt better stoves on the market, but it is a bit like an old friend. My mate picked up a mint shaker jet version on ebay last year for not much money. Worth a look.
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with the coleman single burn being around for so long you can pick up used one for 15 bucks or so. the 100 bucks you save mean 2 more days on the road.
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Another great option is the Kelly Kettle with saucepan attachment. Never run out of fuel and never worry about rain or wind. I have one as a back up to my MSR multi-fuel and my Coleman CampingGaz stoves.

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I go with Optimus...

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For the short weekend jaunts where getting gas and extreme cold aren't a problem I use the Optimus Crux Burner with the Optimus Terra Solo Cookset. Its good for boiling water or cooking small amounts of BASIC food like noodles, pasta and rice and of course heating up precooked foods & sauces.






But for extended periods of time where gas is unlikely to be available or if its gonna be cold my petrol option would be the Optimus Nova Plus with the Optimus Terra Cookset.











I like this cookset because it allows you to do all the things the smaller water boiler gas option offers but with this I can cook proper fresh food from scratch. I do like the Trangia wind shields and these can be purchased separately and the Opitmus Nova Plus can be converted to use with the Trangia system. But there are some good, cheap, lightweight folding wind shields available too.

Of dourse you could go hardcore AKA Dave Lomax Style, and forgo a cooker totally and just eat cold rations...

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+1 on the NOVA stove
Just a thought for you to think about:
I had (and sold) the Nova Plus- the fuel line is the simmer control and since it lives most of its life in the bag, it acquires a curve- try rotating a curve..... not good it became a real nuisance. I gave up on it and went back to the standard Nova with the foldaway handle- Perfect
Gas is not always easy to find so I prefer using petrol- an occasional mix of unleaded fuel + injector cleaner keeps it sweet ( as does daily use of its clever magnetic jet cleaner)
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