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Optimus Crux Stove

by Optimus

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Black/Green
One Size
  • 2 inch diameter burner distributes heat widely onto the cooking pot reducing the risk of spot burning food.
  • Turbine shaped, serrated pot supports provide increased stability.
  • Extremely compact thanks to the innovative foldable burner head.
  • Optimus Crux is made from stainless and durable materials but weighs a mere 3.3 oz.
  • The unique stuff bag makes the stove pack flush with the bottom of the LP-gas canister.

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Product Description

FEATURES of the Optimus Crux Stove Only stove that nests in unused space under fuel canister Unique foldable burner provides ultimate compact ability Powerful and stable 3000W burner (precise simmering and fast boiling) The lightweight that boils water fast, but won't spot burn while simmering SPECIFICATIONS of the Optimus Crux Stove Fuel: LP-gas 75/25 butane/propane Weight: 2.9 oz / 83 g Measurements Folded: 84 x 57 x 31 mm / 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.2" Rating: 3000 W / 10200 of the Optimus Crux Lite Stove BTU Burn Time: Up to 60 minutes at high maximum output, using 220 g / 8 oz canister Boil Time (1 L / 34 fl. oz of water): Down to 3 minutes depending on climate, altitude, etc This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

Product Details

Color: Black/Green | Size: One Size
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.5 x 2.8 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NNHYCG
  • Item model number: 8017651
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,163 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Overall a great stove.
Spectre202
It should have been made out of a stronger material because when you turn it, it flexes and eventually will not fit around the valve for storage.
Tim D.
The arms that fold out from the burner are wide and can support larger pots easily.
Nebrich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DBSS on December 19, 2007
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size
TINY. If you want to cut down on weight, this stove is great. You may have to mind the valve a bit more than on other stoves, but it is well built, cooks fast, and provides a sturdy base for small pots.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spectre202 on April 30, 2011
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size
I bought this tiny little stove to go backpacking in Yellowstone with my boy's scout troop last summer. I also purchased a flint striker so I didn't have to worry about lighters or wet matches. We used only to boil water for the freeze dried food and coffee. 14 campers with three stoves for 2 weeks, my Optimus and 2 Primus stoves (optimus primus? Transformer fans...) The Optimus Crux boiled the water faster but was not as stable with a 2 quart pot. Had to keep an eye on it, bounced a bit when water started boiling. Never fell over but see the potential for it.

Have used it several times since with out any real issues. Tanks freeze up sometimes but I don't think that's a stove issue, get the same thing with 20 pound propane tanks on the grill at home.

The valve is not very adjustable and will not simmer but great for getting water hot quickly. The wire handle does not fold away when valve closed completely, have to open almost 1/2 turn to fold it away.

Overall a great stove. Certainly recommend it. Folds down small, fits into the bottom of canister, kind-of wind resistant, heats up quickly, good price. Other scout dads in the troop have purchased it after hands on comparison with many other stoves including the Primus and Pocket-rocket.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim D. on July 25, 2010
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
This thing is so small, it stores in the contours of your fuel canister! I've had no problems with the product working as advertised, however the green valve stem is very flexible. It should have been made out of a stronger material because when you turn it, it flexes and eventually will not fit around the valve for storage. It hasn't completely came off yet but it's bent and requires a bit of force to pop it into place for storage. This is a minor oversight on Optimus' part but overall it's a quality product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Spiewak on August 21, 2013
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
The typical backpacker will carry "Mountain House" food or some sort of freeze dried pre-packed meal which will only require boiling some water. This, or for that matter, any heating element/stove/fire/burner will do, eventually... but the Optimus Crux stove brings something different to the table. Not only is it extremely lightweight and compact in its design, but even flame distribution and wide range of control made it possible to adjust the flame to cook at different settings. It wasn't "on or not" like in some other rigs. Creating that challenging meal is all part of the fun, and this stove really made it possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scoutmaster on May 11, 2011
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size
Last year my wife and I went on an 8 day canoe circut in BC. We used the stove for a hot breakfast, hot dinner and the occasional sponge bath! It was great! Together we only used two and partial fuel can. The stove is so small and light weight I sometime forget it was there. It never gave me any problems.

I still show it to my scouts and use it on weekend campouts.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan L. Bowser on June 28, 2010
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
This is an excellent backpack stove. I've used it for the past year, including a solid month of use in the Adirondacks, and it has never failed me once. Just make sure you buy quality fuel, I've had the best luck and burn time with snow peak giga and jetboil canisters. Awesome, light, tiny, hot stove.
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Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
AWESOME! I love how it folds down, no other stove (except the old Brunton Crux before the Optimus - Brunton merger) did this. It makes it save space in my mess kit by stowing the stove below a butane/propane fuel can. I like the large burner head for wide flame distribution - it seems to have a larger hot-spot on pots and works really well with the optimus terra HE fins. Boils water very fast.

SO - SO : Optimus makes the Weekend Terra as their smallest 1-person cook set (the HE version is the same with heat fins on the pot), but many stoves that don't fold down also fit with a fuel can in this system, so the foldability is novel, but not totally necessary. Also, the flame adjustment knob isn't fully closed when you fold the green handle in- you have to open it half a turn.

NO LOVE: The adjustment is very touchy. Twist the knob a full turn before gas starts to flow. If you light it at this low end flow the flame will go out in 7-10 seconds as the flow reduces over time. Nudge the green wire gate up or down (no twisting) and the flame adjustment changes - too sensitive to movement. Continue opening the flame adjustment and you're quickly at medium and then high over another three-quarters of a turn. Twist back down to low, and then 15 seconds later the flame dies out - so very hard to simmer, also difficult for heat adjustment for "cooking". No piezo ignitor built in (but that's ok).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2013
Color Name: Black/GreenSize Name: One Size
I purchased the stove Nov 2011 for backpacking. Normally, I'll use it to heat dinner, heat water for my nalgene to warm my sleeping bag & make hot tea. In the morning, I use it to boil water for coffee & heat up scrambled eggs, turkey sausage or oatmeal. My trips are normally 3-4 days, with occasional 1 or 2 nighters. I usually use blended gas (from wallyworld) I've used it in summer and at lows in mid 20's.

It worked dandy for about a dozen trips - used it in Rocky Mtn Natl Park in Oct in mid-20's with no problem. Then in December '12, at 38 degrees, I could not get a flame. I thought it mught be the fuel cannister - same thing with full cannister. Tried it again at home after cleaning, it worked ok. I also "wrapped" my fuel cannister in a wool cap & stuffed it in foot of my sleeping bag so it'd be warm overnight. I attached fuel to stove IN my tent & (know it is ill-advised), attempted to light it on a flat rock with cap wrapped around it to keep warm. Again, it didn't work at 35 deg outside temp. Used friend's stove on my fuel, worked fine. Later in the day, it worked without incident.

Having a stove to boil water when it is above 50degrees isn't as much a priority. Unreliable now. Purchased alternate - reliable stove.
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