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Stoves just keep getting lighter and smaller, and Optimus is at the head of the pack with the 3.3oz Crux Stove.

The ridiculously tiny Optimus Crux Stove folds up to fit under a 220g butane canister and weighs only 3.3oz. When you need to go ultralight on your backcountry travels, this stove definitely needs to be with you. The Cruz Stove burns for 60 minutes going full blast with a 220g canister, and it boils a liter of water in only 3 minutes. When you decided to bring a tarp instead of a tent and pull the frame from your pack to save weight, you better have this Optimus stove on the gear list.

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Is the O-ring at the mouth of the Crux...

Is the O-ring at the mouth of the Crux Lite's cannister connector, or back inside?

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Hey Casey, I have one of the Optimus Crux's that was manufactured in Japan. I wasn't quite sure what you meant with your question so I took a photo of the O ring. It seems it is 'inside'..?

Hey Casey,   I have one of the Optimus Crux's that was manufactured in Japan.  I wasn't quite sure what you meant with your question so I took a photo of the O ring.  It seems it is 'inside'..?

Would you recommend using a windscreen...

Would you recommend using a windscreen with this stove and if so which one?

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Windscreens with canister stoves are tricky, because if you use a conventional wrap-around windscreen you can heat the canister of fuel to a dangerously high level. You have to go with something like this: http://www.backcountry.com/snow-peak-gigapower-windscreen

Unfortunately, this means that windscreens are a per-stove deal. That snow peak screen will not fit on this optimus stove. You could make your own, but they are really not necessary. If you are trying to cook in the conditions that you need a windscreen for a canister stove, you are likely better off going with a larger liquid-fuel stove. If you do still want a windscreen, just make sure it is compatible with this stove. (See the primus one in the pictures above.)

Best Answer Responded on

Mary,

Here is your solution. The Optimus Vega stove is awesome. It is a canister stove with detached canister. This solves the heat issues David talked about. It comes with a windscreen and it simmers. Also, this qualifies as 4 seasons stove. This means the canister can be inverted for a higher output. For most days leave the canister right side up and your golden.
I have and use this stove.

http://www.backcountry.com/optimus-vega-stove?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6dmVnYToxOjc6dmVnYQ

Our number is (800) 409-4502 and my extension is 4420. My name is Kyle if you would like to talk about this or any stove we carry. My email is kbrady@backcountry.com if that is better.

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Mary, I am going to look at the Primus windscreen and see if that will work out. It looks kinda cool and doesn't impact the canister heating up. Someone farther down in an older post showed it does work with the Crux.
I still found them for sale on the internet around 20 bucks. I could see it being useful with a number of small stove heads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1CnpuhodB4

Mary, I am going to look at the Primus windscreen and see if that will work out.  It looks kinda cool and doesn't impact the canister heating up.  Someone farther down in an older post showed it does work with the Crux. <br/> I still found them for sale on the internet around 20 bucks.  I could see it being useful with a number of small stove heads.   <br/> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1CnpuhodB4
4 5

My first canister stove

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I haven't used any other stove so I have nothing to compare this to but it is compact and fits in my pot along with the fuel canister and some other small items. It works really well and boils water faster than my old cat-food-can alcohol stove does. I bought it because of the folding feature, makes it pack down better.

My only complaint is every few minutes I have to keep turning the burner up. For some reason it doesn't stay where I set it and the flame goes down. Maybe its just my unit or its cause I've used it in fairly cool weather but its a bit annoying.

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Mine does the same thing so maybe it is just one of the pains of this particular stove.

5 5

Work wonderful!

It's little smaller than I thought but I love it! Small but powerful!
I don't like those expensive butane/propane mix canister, so I use butane adapter for this Crux stove. Butane is way cheaper then those MSR butane/propane mix canister. My old cheap stove was rust already and I only use it for twice($7 only). The o-ring break, too. You get what you pay for. Here is the link for the adapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ARB12Q8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2IONPNW845WDL&coliid=IOXPD17IBZOKK

Work wonderful!
5 5

Does what it's supposed to

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Love this little guy. Works great, light weight and I love the holder on the bottom of the canister. Makes it super easy to find in stuffed pack. Can't beat it for the price. Great for backpacking!

5 5

Compact light-weight stove

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've barely used it honestly, but do know that it is simple to set up, easy to light and use, and packs very nicely into my GSI Pinnacle Soloist with the fuel tank. The folding feature is nice as it allows it to pack that much smaller. Can't wait to use this stove more!

5 5

Top flight stove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This design is very ingenious. The folded stove fits pretty much under your fuel cannister. Doesn't rattle; also the stove sack fits around the fuel cannister so it doesn't rattle in your snow crest pot. All professional and quiet.
Took me longer than 3 minutes to boil a liter but whatever time it took is quite acceptable. Highly recommended for backpacking and climbing esp. when you have to go lite except for ropes, harness, biners, etc.
JB

5 5

Little bitty-bitty thing ain't it?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great stove. So light so tiny. Took it camping a couple times. Seems to boil water FAST. Could be in my head but my wifey and I were impressed.
I got it with the crux lite set. The two pots are the RAD-NESS! Easy to handle, easy tto pour with into say a freeze dried meal. Its the perfect size to put your fuel into too so you have one light compact unit in your pack.
Stoked I got it. happy to have it on the last trip used it every day.

One thing to not the swivel head, not sure if it works that great. At least we couldn't get it to lock into place. The idea is cool but not sure of the execution. So I just keep it in the normal upright position, don't foresee it having any issues.

4 5

Stove is pretty good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The stove functioned great on my 6 day trek through the bwca . I wish it extended out a little further but it might have just been the Optimus pot I was using. Just got into the second fuel tank during my trip. Cooking for 3 people.

Stove is pretty good
5 5

Great stove!

It's so small, lightweight, and compact. I love how it folds up and fits underneath the fuel canister. Fits in perfectly with my GSI microdualist!

I have looked on several sites and unable...

I have looked on several sites and unable to locate the green gas cannister for my optimus stove. Where can I buy this particulat cannister?

Best Answer Responded on

That's a standard camping butane fuel canister. You can buy them anywhere that sells camping supplies. You don't need to buy the Optimus brand.

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Echoing to some degree what Pat said, anything with a Lindall valve will work. That would include other brands like MSR, Snow Peak, Jetboil, etc... It's always better to buy fuel on the ground locally in a retail store. Since they can't be shipped by air and are considered a hazardous material, shipping costs from online stores is really expensive. Almost to the point of doubling your costs in some cases.

5 5

You could smuggle it in a body cavity.

Yeah, it's that small.
I love this little stove, it takes up zero room and has the nifty pouch that holds the stove and a fuel canister together. This is the stove you could easily pack with a fuel canister inside your pots for a lightweight compact cooking system.
I have the MSR pocket rocket but I always grab this little guy. I also like the fact you can simmer rice and not really have to worry too much about scorching the bottom.

5 5

Good stove

I bought this stove as a gift for my dad. He was super excited to use it. It seems to be very lightweight and compact.

This is the canister and stove top for...

This is the canister and stove top for this price?

Best Answer Responded on

Nope, its just for the stove. Those canisters can run anywhere from $5.00-$15.00

5 5

Must have

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stove is amazing and has performed incredibly for me. I have been using this for a few months now and have not been to easy on it and it has held up nicely. Highly recommend this light weight and packable stove.

Anyone out there have experience with this...

Anyone out there have experience with this with a gsi outdoor mess kit, and which one will hold the stove and a cannister?

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I'm buying it specifically to go with my GSI soloist. Note: the soft container it's packed in looks like food to mountain goats, regardless of what's inside.

5 5

Love it

I have used this stove since 2007 and haven't found a need to switch, says something about a product. The fact that it packs underneath the canister is a great perk, no more digging through your pack to try and remember where you stashed your little stove, just grab the canister and screw it on. I use this stove mostly with the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist set, but have used it with other aluminum (heavy and larger) pots.

Will this stove work will other canister...

Will this stove work will other canister fuel types such as the msr isopro fuel and other brands? Or does it only work with butane/propane mixes?

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MSR Isopro is a butane/propane blend. The Cruz will work with any canister it can thread onto.

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Hey Matt,

The MSR and Optimus, as well as multiple others like Snow Peak, Primus and Jetboil, etc use a standardized 7/16" threaded valve called a Lindal Valve (EN 417). So yes, if you find any canister with those specs, you have one that will work just fine on the Crux.