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Primus Camp Stove: Review

The Primus camp stove has been made to suit the needs for the lightweight backpacker and compares to the other top brands when searching for a stove that can raise a rolling boil ASAP.

Primus stoves are marketed though the Brunton Outdoor Group, that's based in the USA.

The Brunton Outdoor Group, which is named, North American Gear was established in 2004 to offer top international brands an avenue for increased distribution and marketing in North America. The headquarters are in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains.

Primus History

Companions FW Lindqvist and JV, Svenson Oil Stove began producing in a small blacksmith shop in Stockholm in March 1892. The company was named JV, Svenson Kerosene Kitchen factory and the kitchen was named Primus.

When the patent expired and other manufacturers began to compete with their Oil Stove, they too called themselves Primus.

Primus Omnifuel Camp Stove

The Omnifuel is a multi-fuel stove that adapts to most fuels, including LP gas, gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene and even fuel used for aviation.

The advanced functionality is designed for handling the most demanding conditions, extreme altitudes and both high and low temperatures.

  • Specs/Features
  • Output: 3000 W - 10500 BTU/h.
  • Boiling time: 3 min (+40 sec preheating).
  • Burns 70 min. on 230 g/8.1 oz. LP gas cartridge.
  • Ignition: Manual.
  • Suitable for: 1-4 people.
  • Temperature: Winter: unlimited cold.
  • Windscreen included.
  • Weight: 15.6 oz. (with fuel pump) 12 oz. (without).
  • Size: 5.5 in. x 3.3 in. x 2.8 in

The Primus omnifuel has great stability, and has been proven to be one of the best multi-fuel stoves on the market, that can withstand any weather conditions. The only disadvantage's we have seen is the cost, noise and weight.

The boil time of 3 minutes is not the fastest, although for a liquid fuel stove, its rapid enough. Three stove legs and pot supports promotes sturdiness by sitting lower to the ground, making this stove even more stable. Also, being able to adjust the flame control allows the stove to be used for more than just boiling water rapidly.

The Primus omnifuel is a great international traveller that costs approx $150, dependant on if ordered with windscreen or ErgoPump.

EtaExpress Stove

The EtaExpress Primus camp stove is compared by many against the the Jetboil stove, although not as popular or quite as rapid. Still boils within 2.5 minutes.

EtaExpress represents the newest, lightest, and most compact stove in the Eta line of Primus camp stoves. Weighing in at 14.7 oz, its designed for the solo camping enthusiast wanting a quick cooking system.

Designed for the warmer climates, the cannisters are not friendly with temperatures below zero. The lid can also be used as a frying pan. The frying pan and pot are coated on the inside with a three layer titanium non stick surface.

All of the components, as well as a 230 gram LP gas cartridge, can be packed into the pot for saving space in a pack.

The heat exchange system which is a common feature for all the ETA Primus camp stoves is a device at the bottom of the pot that allows the surface area to the pan to absorb more heat, cooking food quicker.

  • Spec/Features
  • Weight: 418 g - 14.7 oz
  • Output: 2400 W - 8500 BTU/h
  • Boiling time: 2.5 min
  • Dimensions: 115 x 140 mm, 4.5' x 5.9'
  • Ignition: Piezoelectric
  • Suitable for: 1-2 people
  • Temperature: above +5C

If you were to compare this Primus stove features, design and suitability, the Jetboil or MSR Reactor would be a good place to research this.

Other Stoves

The Primus camp stove types above are two from a much bigger range. Provided below is other Primus stoves worth comparing.


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