Here is an ongoing selection of gear I’ve acquired, made, or find useful in travel. I will try to limit this to things I actually use and are specifically for camping. Much of it will be “classic” stuff but I make no attempt to portray a “period” of history. I live in the world as it is but I tend toward the older, often simpler, high quality goods of the past.
Questions, ideas, and submissions are definitely welcome.
Above is my Svea 123R by Optimus. A design dating back to the mid-1950s that has withstood the test of time. Like others from my generation, I strayed into canister fuels and more high-tech alternatives but came back to this through a mixture of nostalgia and a sense of the aesthetic in this simple little beauty. More information on vintage liquid fuel stoves can be found here.
I picked this up on a whim and it has made me very happy. The Optimus 80 is based on (almost exactly copied from) the highly successful Primus 71. Possibly the only stove I have owned to actually work better than the Svea 123. The canister is a little awkward but makes for a clever design nonetheless. More about this acquisition can be found in an earlier blog post.
With a gasoline stove you must carry a funnel. For years I had a nice little tinned copper one I picked up somewhere many years ago. One day, while haunting a little antique store in Lubbock, Texas, I saw this little gem sitting on a shelf, tarnished until it was almost unrecognizable. I gave $4 for it and put it back into commission for it’s next stage in existence.
A LINK to the lantern can be found HERE.