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Optimus Crux Stove

4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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  • 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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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.

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  • ASIN: B002IAJ3BW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,387 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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If you are looking for an UL stove, this is it. I own the MSR Whisperlite and wanted something UL since that's the direction I'm finally moving in the backpacking world. The Crux is tiny. It fits neatly under a fuel canister for storage. It needs slight adjusting while cooking but you can simmer with it or crank it to full blast. It cools down pretty quick too.
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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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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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By DBSS on December 19, 2007
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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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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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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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This little guy is great!! I have never seen a stove that folds up like this! Sooo nice that it stows right under the canister! I wont by another stove after this! Boils a cup of water in under 2 minutes on a mid range setting! Cup stays on the supports very well!
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By John Alex on October 14, 2015
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It's fun to have fancy camping gear. I decided to go with this stove over the plethora of other options because it advertised that it would fit under the fuel canister inside my Pinnacle Dualist. It does. It's worked for many camping trips over the past 3 years. Quality little stove. Definitely recommend buying.
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