6. Optimus Svea 123 Camp Stove, $120

Optimus Svea 123 Camp Stove

Traveling motorcyclists need a way to cook their food once they get to the campground. The Svea 123 camp stove was introduced in 1955 and may well be the most popular camp stove ever made. While it prefers to use white gas (Coleman fuel), what distinguishes this little stove from others is that it can, in a pinch, run on gasoline — something all motorcyclists have at their campsite. The 19 oz., 4.3 in. x 5.1 in. stove packs big heating power and can run for 50 minutes on a single filling. With relatively few parts, getting 40 years of use out of the brass stove is relatively common. This may explain the stove’s almost cult-like following. Optimus offers more information about the Svea 123 stove.

  • Cleanerman

    I’m waiting for the top ten “Christmas” gifts.


    • Evans Brasfield

      Don’t worry, Larry. We’re not troops in the “War on Christmas.” We’re simply acknowledging that, since our readers come from all over the world, many of them celebrate holidays other than Christmas. Think of our message as a world market holiday greeting that is similar to the world market bikes we frequently test.

      Merry Christmas,