redtailhawkwrote a review of Optimus Nova Plus Stove on May 25, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After researching stoves and reviews, I chose the Nova+ prior to an "expedition" into the Apostles. The same problem that others have commented on about needing an engineering degree to figure it out, or that it doesn't simmer, etc. had me stumped for a while but the problem is quite simple to solve. This is key - open the manual and go to your language section. Read the instructions. Now, look and read carefully the BOX the stove comes in. Then, understand this - people who write technical manuals are not always the people who understand how users use a device, and this manual has some shortcomings IMO. Basically the Nova+ is very well designed but it must be operated like this:
1. The little knurled knob on the pump with off<>on arrows - all this knob does is open or CLOSE the fuel - it is NOT used for simmering or flame control. The manual does not really spell this out very well. Think about the design of most every other stove out there - first you gotta get fuel from the can/pump to the stove, then you adjust the flame...
2. So, go pumped it, opened the gate, and now what ? The big green barrel-shaped thing just to the right of the knurled knob but 6" from the stove - yes, the thing with the directional arrows on it - turning this barrel will spin the entire fuel line and subsequently adjust the fuel going into the jet. This is the ONLY thing you turn to adjust the flame/prime/etc.
3. Some people over-simplify or over-think well engineered tools like this. The guy that said the line was plugged - probably had that barrel or line adjuster fully turned "off", thus, no matter how many times you pump or turn the knurled metal knob, it cannot force fuel beyond the actual line adjuster.
I hope this comes in handy for others considering this stove. Once I got past the "this thing is junk" phase and actually READ how the stove is intended to operate, it will simmer beautifully, no farting, sputtering, or burn the crap out of things. You simply adjust the green barrel ring thing which lets you prime it, fire it up to a low roar, or simmer to the point of making soups without zorching things to carbon goo at the bottom of your titanium pans.
Really, trust me, this thing is a well engineered tool but a monkey will not figure it out, no matter how smart the monkey things he is.
Folks at Optimus - manuals need some work.