Primus stoves

I know the name Primus from when I was a kid. Primus was used back then as a general name for all kerosene stoves. My mom still got an old Primus in her back yard.

Primus Old Vs New

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primus-omnifuel-stovePrimus onmifuel 
This is the first version of Primus stove. It hasn’t changed much from when it was invented.

One of their newest stove I got to use is the Primus omlifuel stove.

This is really the state of the art stove. It's a great option if you are looking for something that can run practically on anything.

But, Primus got lot's more to offer:

The Etapower series

In the last years, Primus developed the Etapower series. It supposes to maximize the efficiency of the stoves. The big idea is to have a full cooking system instead of just a stove. It includes:
  • A stove
  • Windscreen
  • Dedicated pot with a welded heat exchanger
  • Lid

This whole pack makes any stove much more efficient.

They started it back in 2007 with "Primus Etapower Easy Fuel Stove".
It seems to be much more fuel efficient than a regular stove. Primus says that something like 80% of the heat is used for heating. Regular stove uses about 50%...

Primus EtaPower Easy Fuel Stove

primus-EtaPower-Easy-Fuel-StoveEtaPower Easy Fuel 
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz.
  • 2.1 liter pot.
  • It got a lighter version named EtaPower EF Trail Stove. It got a 1.7 liter pot and a lid instead of a pan.

Later on, they made an even lighter version: 

Primus EtaPack Lite Stove System

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It got a smaller pot and a collapsible windscreen but the principal is pretty much the same:
  • Weight:17 ounces
  • 1.2 liter pot.
  • Diameter: 4.5inch (11.5cm).

Primus also took the etapower concept and merged it with their standard stoves:

Primus EtaPower MF Stove System

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This is the mulifueul version (MF) of the etapower:
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 0.8 oz.
  • 2.1 liter pot.
  • Can use isobutane canisters, white gas, automobile fuel, kerosene and even diesel fuel.

The greatest merge is based on the simple canister stove "express stove":

Primus EtaExpress Stove

primus-EtaExpress-stove Etaexpress

This version is very similar to Jetboil or the MSR reactor. All got some windscreen and a heat exchanger to get more out of the stove. All three are really alike, each brand with its pros and cons naturally. You'll find supporters to each one of them.

  • Weight: 14.6Oz
  • 1 liter pot.
  • Diameter: 4.5inch (11.5cm).
  • It is planned so that everything can be packed inside the pot (including the canister!).
  • I havne't got my onw yet, so please, after you get one and use it, tell me what you think of it...
More on Etaexpress (AKA Etapower express)...

Primus EtaSolo Stove

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The latest member of the Primus eta family. This version is very similar to Jetboil or the MSR reactor too (like the etaexpress). It actually looks almost identical to the jetboil. I'm not a great fan of it mainly because you can't use it with other pots. But if this limitation isn't an issue for you, go for it.

  • 0.9l pot
  • Nice cover to the pot, so you can hold it.

Other stoves...

Primus got traditional backpacking stoves too. This is their most popular liquid fuel model:

Primus OmniFuel Backpacking Stove

primus-omnifuel-stove The Omnifuel
  • Weight: 15.6 ounces.
  • Uses isobutane canisters, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel.
  • I got to use this one. It's a really cool stove that easily switches from one fuel to another.

Like any big brand in the outdoor gear field, Primus got some great, regular, gas stoves:

Primus Classic Trail Stove

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  • Weight: 8 oz
  • Classic canister stove
A lot more on this one here

Micron Ti 2.5 Stove

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  • Weight: 2.9Oz with igniter. 2.5oz without it.
  • If I got it right, the lightest gas stove in the industry.

Express Stove

primus-Express-Stove The Express
  • With or without an igniter.
  • Weight: 82 g / 2.90z | 96 g / 3.3 oz
  • Etaexpress is using this as its burner.

Gravity™ EF

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  • You can get it with or without an igniter.
  • Weight: 264 g / 9.3 oz
  • Burner is separated from the can to keep the center of gravity low and to enable using windscreen.

Primus trivia

  • The first Primus stove was invented in the 1890's and ran on kerosene.
  • Primus stoves were in use in the first expedition to the south pole (Amundsen on 1911) and with the first to conquer the Everest (Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 1953)