Monday, June 11, 2012


Brass & Gas

Svea: A brand of Swedish camping and backpacking stove now owned by Optimus. One of the most popular models was the Svea 123, a brass model that burned "white gas".

Svea: A Swedish female name, popular during the first half of the 20th century. Also Mother Svea, the Swedish national emblem.

Svea: The sound you make when you want to cook your first supper of a two-week trip and realize you forgot to bring stove fuel.

Svea 123 since forever.


  1. And Optimus is now owned by the Swiss Katadyn Group.
    I guess that makes the classic Svea not even Swedish any more :-(

  2. I bought my 123R in 1980, which, if I did my research right, was 100 years after the 123 was first made. It seems to have gone out of production at least once since I got mine, but I discovered that it's still available new. So, overall, it ain't a bad sign. Can't kill those things 'cep'n by nukular weapons. Go brass!