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Offline Barbarossa Bushman

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The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:07:18 PM »
One of the things I enjoy is finding an old piece of gear that needs a little TLC and fixing it up or restoring it. I got this sweet little Svea 123 stove last year off of evilbay and it was a wreck. I cleaned it up inside and out complete with a new wick. These are the before pics. I will take some tomorrow of the after and post them. I have to say I am impressed with how well it works. These have quite a reputation of reliability. Does anyone else have one?







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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 09:57:50 PM »
it already looks cool as hell! cant wait to see it all cleaned up :D
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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 10:05:07 PM »
Yep, looks neat. I love gadgets like that. It reminds me of my carbide lamp for some reason. I'd like to see pics of it when you get it fired up.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 06:44:33 AM »
No, but I wish I had one. :) It's a piece of history.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012, 06:22:15 PM »
Have not used one personally but I have read  pretty good things  about them. I'd love to get  one myself  just love brass
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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2012, 06:56:04 PM »
Okay here are the after shots post cleaning and polishing. I'm a day late sorry about that. PWood I'll get a shot if it in action soon. It took me about 5-6 hours of polishing on and off to get it to here. The dark spots on the pot stand part are burnt on food that spilled. There is still some on there that I will work at getting off but it is like concrete and come off very slowly. I will get it down to brass eventually. I do it with brasso and a q-tip. I just used part of 100% cotton rope for the wick when I replaced it. That's what the original wick was. It is a complete stove with the jet brush not in any pics. It is from the early 70's like me.









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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 05:01:40 PM »
That cleaned up really nice! Yeah, slow and steady with the brasso is the way to go.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2012, 06:31:12 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2012, 05:07:46 PM »
That's fantastic. I can't wait to see that bad boy in action.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 05:38:48 AM »
I keep meaning to take mine out for a go. Used mine through the 80s and 90s.  I did a bushings replacement  about 8 years ago and never really put it into use again. Damn alcohol stoves.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2012, 09:48:45 AM »
Man that is to  cool love the look of those little  stoves. Just something about brass  gotta find me one of these one day
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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2012, 10:08:54 AM »
It looks almost as good on the mantle as in the woods.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2012, 05:19:04 PM »
I have one from the 80's. Love the roaring sound it makes when fully lit off.

Cooked a lot of Mountain House meals and coffee on that thing.

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Re: The original backpacking and mountaineering stove SVEA 123
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 08:56:56 AM »
It looks almost as good on the mantle as in the woods.

Yup that's what I thought too.

Man that is to  cool love the look of those little  stoves. Just something about brass  gotta find me one of these one day

I love the looks of brass. It's poor man's gold!
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