Thought that I would start this thread to bring together photos and information on fuel stoves (Kerosene, Petrol, Methylated Spirits) which have been supplied with or used in vintage caravans. Some models were used in vans and others were portable. So if you have a old fuel stove you can post some photos of it on here with information on where you found it or which van it is installed in.
It was only when I was doing some research to locate a suitable stove for a old van that I realised that fuel stoves are a whole other hobby with a worldwide following which is still very active. Stoves have been manufactured in many countries and we in Australia appear to have a good representation of most makes. Parts and advice for restoration are readily available and this link will take you to one of the more active sites Classic Camp Stoves.
To start the ball rolling I offer photos of a single burner Companion kerosene stove which I purchased recently in new and unused condition. It still has the factory packing and test tag on the burner. From my research this stove was available as a single burner with the tank on the left (Model 52) and also with the tank on the right (Model 53) which could be joined together with a spacer to make the two burner model 5253. Apparently these stoves were made in Australia during World War 2 under licence to SVEA in Sweden as shipping had been disrupted due to the war situation.
Thanks Cobber, the rest of the forum members must be wimpy gas users and not up to the challenge of kerosene I purchased all the seals etc for my Companion Stove from this site www.fettlebox.co.uk/ and it now works perfectly. these stoves put out a lot of heat and boil water very quickly.
Here are a couple of pressure stoves of the portable type.
This first one is a 'Primus No 210'. One of the fun things about collecting memorabilia is trying to verify the age of the stuff, the Internet makes it easy these days, as Ken mentioned the Classic Camp Stove site has heaps of info regarding these gadgets.
A place for everything and everything in its place
The jigsaw puzzle.
A piece of cake really. The assembled stove stands 7 1/2'' tall.
This one is called 'Stove, Gasoline Burner, M1950'. ( sounds like Army talk Aye? ) Again, according to the Classic Camp Stove Site they were a joint effort between the U S of A Army and Coleman, so it uses 'Coleman fuel'. They were apparently made between 1951 and 1987 by various company's but this one I have has no makers name on it so can't be certain sure when it was made....... certainly before 1970
Proof Cobber, proof This is my Companion in action .........notice the boiling water. And this is a little unnamed metho stove which I found in Grandads Van. Don't think Judy will want to cook dinner on this one
My Maxie metho marvel! Boils the kettle in under 4 minutes!
And cooks toast too! Clean odourless flame!
I also have this Aladdin Kero two burner complete with optional carry case ! I brought it with the intention to use it in the Jennison but I found out the they originally had a Maxie burner so am happy to sell this if anyone is looking for one! I haven't tried it but suspect it will need seals and a clean etc parts are still available so Pm me if your interested
Post by shortyroach109 on Oct 2, 2015 0:44:16 GMT 10
Hi All, I am looking for a single burner blue flame kero stove for a 1947 Two Lite caravan. It was missing when I brought the van and would love to find one to complete the restoration. That's all the information I could find I don't have any photos of it.
Back in your other post in 2013 I directed you to a couple of posts that were the only other mention of the Two Lite caravan we had at that time here and here and as far as I know your one could be the only real live one we know of, it would be great if you could post some photos of it, particularly inside shots. Have you actually restored it to original ? Is the cooker you're after like this one ?
Thought I might add to this thread as I am developing a fetish for old fuel,stoves My Primus # 5 ( a gift from my next door neighbor who brought it new in the early 60s) In original box! Runs on Kero and works a treat !
wow S&J a lovely example of " They don't build me like that anymore!" An oil burner ( Kero) according to the following web sight and will do up a treat. Yours has the roarer burners but was available with a silent burner ( model#523) see below web sight I am doing up a similar version at present , an Aladdin ( shown above) My tank was blocked where it attaches to the pipe that goes to the two burners. I had to give it a floggin in the Ultrasonic cleaner to sort it . They are tricky to light outside as preheating the burner is difficult but once you get the hang of it they will surprise you how much heat they put out! Great fun! Drop me a pm if you need any help etc classiccampstoves.com/threads/primus-521-%E2%88%92-1928-s5.27894/
Beautiful Stove S&J, I am jealous. Akeepsake is quite correct, this stove would run on kerosene but you need to preheat it by burning metho in the little trays around the burners. You are missing a couple of bits but parts are available for the burners and the pump, in fact you can still buy the adjustable burner like yours complete but they are a bit expensive. I purchased a service kit from one of the supporters of the classiccampstoves forum and this was very handy to restore my Companion stove. Maybe we could take our stoves and lanterns to South West Rocks for the Nationals and set up a table to display them?? Anyone interested??
Hi, this is my circa 1928 Primus twin burner that I’m currently restoring, not sure if it’s a metho or kero any ideas?
. Yes Koala is right you are missing a flame ring on the rh burner from what I can see? It is important that the jets in the burner are clean and you can use a correct size pricker for that however their may be a built in one which is operated by the two adjustable dials?? Anyway parts and help available on the web sight that I posted a link for previously Cheers
Ok getting fired up to restore my Aladdin Kero stove! Cleaned tank Outside and inside and unblocked feed pipe . Made a new filler seal and non return valve seal . Need to get a pump leather washer so am using the one out of my primus . Ultrasonic cleaned both burners screwed it together and amazingly it works with a hot, hot flame that causes the burner cap to glow red hot!! The Lh burner doesn't work as well as the RH one but will fettle it a bit and see if I can sought it!
Ok I think I have fetish for flammable pressurised doovalackees! Am I alone in this ? I think not ! I reckon u other bods who are in the same boat should take your vintage bombs to the nationals and have a cook off challenge to show what grub you can whip up without the use of electrickery or that modern gas stuff... The way they used to do it back in the day!! Anyway here's my latest offering Perrrrfect for the coffee maker as the Primus Kero burner as good as it is doesn't really preheat that well outside where as this little beauty runs on unleaded or Shellite and needs no preheating It's a 1953 model and comes in original box! Looks like it's hardly been used so when it arrives I'll give it the once over to make sure it doesn't blow the hatch off the Jenno!