But the Nova is a liquid fuel only stove. Wouldn't it be nice if it could run on gas? Well, hold on here. I mean why not? What's stopping us?
But how to do it? Well, let's take a look at an Optimus Nova
|An Optimus Nova stove|
|An Optimus Nova with the fuel line showing|
|The distal end of an Optimus Nova|
|The proximal end of a Nova's fuel line|
OK, enough safety talk.
|The Bluewater Stove Restoration adapter installed on an Optimus Nova stove|
I noticed that the stove went out a couple of times when I tried to get a really low simmering flame when just adjusting the at-the-canister valve. It was broad daylight, and the flame was hard to see, so I don't think the stove going out was any reflection on the adapter or any indication that a Nova doesn't run well on gas. However, I thought I'd try something different: Running with the canister inverted.
As for keeping the canister in position, adding a couple of rocks kept the canister inverted, no problem. I've seen people use small plastic tubs, like the kind that margarine or yogurt come in, to hold a canister inverted. That might be a bit more convenient, but my stack of rocks did just fine.
By the way, when running on gas, you've got no less power than when running on liquid fuel. I found that I could quickly bring water to a vigorous roiling boil.
Note: I was approached by Bluewater Stove Restoration and asked if I might like to evaluate the adapter featured in this review. As a part of the review process, I received an adapter from Bluewater Stove Restoration. Other than the adapter itself, I received no remuneration for my review. The receipt of the adapter was not contingent on the nature of my review (in other words I didn't have to promise to do a positive review in return for the adapter). Further, I receive no part of the proceeds from the sale of any Bluewater Stove Restoration products. All comments regarding the adapter shown on this page are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bluewater Stove Restoration.