Balancing all-weather performance, ease of use and compact dimensions, the award-winning Optimus Nova liquid-fuel stove is designed to meet the needs of alpine explorers and backpackers alike. The Nova's ability to operate on varied fuels makes it more versatile than most canister-fuel backpacking stoves.
The Nova's quick-priming burner offers reliable performance even in the most extreme conditions. The burner rests inside a lightweight aluminum housing that connects to three sturdy, fold-away pot supports. Serrated to offer better pot stability, the supports offer a wide cooking base but collapse against the housing of the Nova to keep packed size to a minimum. A patented EZ Connect Coupling attaches the Nova's burner safely to the easy-to-use Flipstop fuel pump. This pump is used to pressurize the contents of the Nova's fuel bottle (sold separately) so that it can be fed into the Nova's burner, vaporized, and create an even, stable blue flame when mixed with oxygen as it passes through the burner's jet. An ergonomic valve extends from the burner, allowing you to manually adjust the height of the flame.
Unlike canister stoves that rely on a specific fuel mix to function optimally, the versatile liquid-fuel Nova can employ Optimus Arctic Fuel (sold separately), white gas, kerosene, diesel or even jet fuel (NOTE: Do not use automobile gasoline, as it is volatile, extremely flammable and often releases hazardous vapors when ignited). This makes the Nova an ideal choice for expeditions and backpacking trips when reliance on just one specific type of fuel could leave you with a worthless stove. Many comparable liquid-fuel stoves on the market are able to utilize varied fuel sources, but require changing from one jet type to another in order to function efficiently. The Nova, however, boasts Single Jet multi-fuel technology that accommodates a wide range of fuels without the hassle and additional packed weight of multiple jets.
Because the openings of liquid-fuel stove jets are necessarily extremely small, they are vulnerable to clogging from un-vaporized and solidified fuel particles. To ensure that your Nova's burner continues to operate at full capacity, an Optimus Magic Magnetic Cleaning Needle is included. This handy little tool enables you to keep the burner clean and even remove debris while the Nova is in operation.
A Wind Foil is included to increase the burner's efficiency by reducing heat loss and eliminating "flame-outs". In addition, the Optimus Nova comes with instructions, replacement O-rings, a fuel filter, lubricant and a stuff sack with convenient pockets and a drawstring closure.
- Able to utilize a variety of fuels, including Optimus Arctic Fuel (sold separately), white gas, kerosene, diesel or jet fuel.
- Folded dimensions of 5.5 " x 3.5" x 2.5".
- Burn time of up to 2.5 hours at maximum output (15 fl. oz. fuel bottle).
- Boil time of as little as 3.5 minutes depending on climate, altitude and conditions.
- Includes burner, pump, wind shield, tool, stuff bag, instructions, o-rings, fuel filter and lubricant.
Best Use Backpacking Burn Time 2.5 hours at maximum output (15 fl. oz. fuel bottle) Average Boil Time 3.5 minutes depending on conditions Warranty Lifetime Type Liquid-Fuel Stability Good Packed Size 3.5" x 2.5" x 5.5" Item Weight 15.3 oz. (with pump) Fuel Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel or jet fuel
Likes: The Optimus Nova stove works great. I have been using this product for a couple of years now and it works in all weather conditions, good on fuel, stable and is fully adjustable from full boil down to a simmer.
Dislikes: The stove may become unstable when adjusting the size of the flame.