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Optimus Crux Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Stove
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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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|Item Dimensions||10 x 8 x 3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.4 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
The heavy-duty lightweight. Meet the Optimus Crux, a compact 3000w stove engineered to hide away under a gas canister. This seemingly impossible feat is accomplished with a foldable burner neck and serrated pot supports which are also designed to fold away for packing. it's hard to find a stove that's more compact and convenient than the Optimus Crux, and despite its size, the power of the Optimus Crux is right up there with the big boys at 3000w. Why carry more than needed? All you'd ever need for a dinner date with Mother Nature is right here.
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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).
I was skeptical about the hinge being sturdy enough, but it seems plenty strong and durable.
It does have an adjustable burner and it's sensitive enough that you can make small adjustments. It's not just HI or OFF as with some tiny stoves. I don't see myself doing much more than boiling water but, it's conceivable that you could do some actual cooking with it. You could even bring a couple and cook multiple things at once. It weighs so little, that wouldn't be a problem.