real name: Etaexpress...
Primus launched their Etapower stoves line a few years back.
idea is to have a full cooking system instead of just a stove. It
supposes to maximize the efficiency of the stoves.
It includes a stove, windscreen, a dedicated pot with a welded heat
exchanger and a lid. This whole pack makes any stove much more
Later on, Primus merged the Eta line with the simple canister
"Express stove". The result, Tah-Dah!
: The Etaexpress.
| Etapower EF
reason, many call it the Etapower express, although it is officially
The coolest thing about this stove, is that you can take off the
windscreen easily. This leaves you with just a great propane stove.
You can use it as a regular ultralight backpack stove. Cool!
The Etaexpress compete head to head with the MSR
which practically does pretty much the same. They also
got some windscreen and a heat exchanger to
get more out of the stove. Have a look below on some comparison I held.
So, what makes it so
First of all, the pot.
I think that what makes
is the heat exchanger on the bottom of the
pot. I mean, it really boosts the efficiency of any stove you'll use
The heat exchanger is the fins soldered to the bottom of the pot. It
absorbs much of the heat that would blow with the wind in a simple pot.
Second, the windscreen.
Well, you can make some windscreen for every stove... The cool thing
here, is that the windscreen of the Etapower is really tailor made.
assembled on the pot holders and kept very close to the pot. They
designed it so that it will have just the right space between the
windscreen and the pot. On the one hand, it keeps the wind away, and on
the other hand, it doesn't choke the flames. In other words: they made
it to get the most out of the wind without causing any
As I mentioned earlier, the full solution (Pot, windscreen along with
the lid) makes it remarkably efficient.
Here is what I
like and dislike about the Etaexpress:
- It changes to a simple propane stove in no time
- Easy to clean. The pot and pan are aluminum
with non-stick titanium
- simmers nice.
- Even Primus claim it won't work under 5C/41F so
who am I to argue?
Have a look below to see some comparison I made between the three
rivals: Jetboil, the reactor and the Primus Etaexpress…
Solo traveler super efficient cooking
MSR reactor stove Vs Jetboil PCS Vs Primus Etaexpress
- All three use the same concept: Built in
windscreen. Heat exchanger fused to the pot.
- All three can be packed within the pot.
- Jetboil where the pioneers. MSR
and Primus followed.
- Both Jetboil and Primus got a whole line
of stoves using the same principle. MSR (for now) got only the reactor.
- Both MSR and the Etaexpress feels much
more robust. The Jetboil gives the feeling that it is not as solid.
PCS (Personal Cooking
per 100g fuel
run with blue flame. The whole burner concept is unique.
were the first with this concept. The pot is coated with some fabric.
You can actually hold it while boiling.
can use any other pot too. The burner is the primus express. A great
stove as a stand alone too
price is ridicules
had the crown utill Primus arrived…
and get one!
I love it
It supports any pot, but still, you can maximize the
efficiency with the dedicated pot and windscreen. The price is fair too.
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