A prime cooking option.
Cooking in the backcountry always seems like a compromise; either you're cooking something easy and fast, or you're spending too much time fighting wind and inefficiency to make something substantial. But with the Primus Primetech Stove Set, it's easier to reach a middle ground of solid wind protection and varied cooking options.
When combined, the stove's heat exchanger, wind guard, and optimized burner render the Primetech's fuel consumption half that of the average camp stove, so you no longer have to choose between eating a hot meal or having potable water to drink. But the coolest thing about the Primetech is its ability to fine-tune heat intensity, so you don't have to fuse mac & cheese fragments into the bottom of your pot just to ward off the blue box blues.
- A fully-integrated camp stove for cooking at camp
- Wind guard couples with burner for efficiency
- Half the fuel consumption of average camp stoves
- Regulator allows fine-tuning heat, simmering
- Includes pan and saucepan with non-stick for easy cleaning
- Lid has integrated strainer for easy pasta straining
- Piezo ignition easy to light, even in wind
- Aluminum tongs included
Incredible stove for backpacking
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
While on a backpacking trip in the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama a few weekends ago I got to try out the Primus stove as a Ranger for The Dyrt. Since we camped several nights and tried out a variety of different styles of backpacking meals I got to put the stove through multiple conditions. Overall, this is by far the best backpacking stove I have ever used giving even consistent heat, a stable cooking surface, and efficient fuel use. It is also very reasonably priced considering the number of components that are included and comes in at a weight that makes it perfect for most backpacking situations. If you havenât checked out Primusâs line of stoves and cookware yet I would highly suggest seriously considering them when looking to upgrade your backpacking cook set.
A few specific features I really liked about the stove are the efficiency, packability, and cooking performance. Read on for my comments about each.
Efficiency: The set comes with 2 pots and a burner with built-in windscreen and heat transfer systems. This meant that I was able to get a freshly pumped pot full of cold river water (roughly 1.3L) to a full boil in under 4 min. I was able to use less fuel to prepare my meals and bring less along while still having spare fuel as a backup. The included lid also helped to maintain heat retention in the pot which meant I didnât have to reheat the water while prepping other parts of the dish in the other pot. Finally, we were dealing with a significant amount of wind at the site and it didnât affect the burner or efficiency thanks to the well designed built-in windscreen.
Packability: The stove is designed so that all the components pack together into the larger pot and then fit into the carrying case which cinches closed. This design means that there is no mess that you get from liquid fuel stoves and no lost components at the bottom of your bag. It also ends up being a shape that is easy to cram into the little nooks and crevices left in your bag after packing the bigger heavier items.
Cooking Performance: I am incorporating a few things into this section since I just didnât want to leave any of my favorite features out. First, DURABLE NONSTICK, seriously, they made a durable nonstick surface that is lightweight and provides even heat. I was skeptical but have now used it multiple times with both plastic and metal utensils and it doesnât even show a scratch. I cooked vegetarian sausage, rehydrated rice and beans, fried eggs, and boiled water and every time the pot ended up completely clean with no work but a little rubbing with my hands under running water. The locking tong handle means less weight since it works for both pots but provides stability since it locks onto the pot being used. It also has a protective guard so it doesnât damage the pot and helps to act as a heat guard so the handle doesnât burn you. Finally, since the design is nesting during cooking and the gas attachment is a hose the full setup sits stably on the ground and has no chance of tipping during cooking, even if on uneven ground. This is a necessary feature for me since I have had multiple dirt eating situations where my pot tipped and I was forced to scoop my now dirty food back into the pot...
Quiet, fuel sipper
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As a product reviewer for theDyrt dot com, I am often given new products to test and evaluate. Primus sent me their New Primetech 1.3L Stove Kit to put through its paces.
I spent 3 weks with the New Primetech 1.3L Stove Kit backpacking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness and campgrounds to and from.
Primus claims it is quiet...and it is...so much so, I have to get on my hands and knees to peer between the stove base cutouts to see if the flame is still going. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QuJwCLJ_VA
I used one 220g butane tank for a week in the wilderness (breakfast and dinner)...and still had a tad left over.
The Primus New Primetech 1.3L Stove Kit comes with two 1.3 liter pots, one anodized and the other has a slick Cermaic coating inside the pot and an integrated heat exchanger on the pot base. The burner is fixed in the anodized cutout base with a braide stainless steel fuel line that leads to the adjustable regulator. You also get a smoked, but see-thru Tritan (think Lexan) pot lid with a pot holder cutout and perforated strainer holes. Included are a separate piezo-electric starter, a quick-release, locking pot gripper, an aluminum ground protector and a ripstop nylon stuff sack for it all.
Butane cannisters attach easily, but you must open the regulator bale all the way to get fuel to the burning for lighting. Then you can adjust the flame. Interestingly, the regulator bale opens the opposite direction than my Primus Express stove.
I was pleased how quickly water or food came to a boil, under two minutes. The ceramic coating is amazing...nothing seems to stick...in fact, cheesey chicken enchilada poured out with little clean-up. My main concern is if that coating gets scarred or scratched. In the backcountry I don't need to haul around two pots and with stove base nesting inside the pot, I took along the anodized rather than the ceramic pot for that concern.
I did find the stove base cutouts did not protect the burner flame enough against high gusting winds. To keep the stove so quiet, it doesn't have the same force and thus is more susceptible to being blown out. Back to stacking rocks as a windbreak. My model seemed a little fuel finnicky not liking new Optimus cannisters...I could only think its a backpressure sensitivity. Once the cannister was less than full, it worked fine.
The stove kit is surprisingly light for the overall size, but does take up a lot of real estate in the backpack.
Overall, I really liked how the New Primetech 1.3L stove functioned and look forward to using it for a good many years.
Great lil stove
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
On this trip I used the Primus 2.3L Primetech Stove. This is a nice bigger unit good for multiparty use. It comes with 2 pots; one anodized and one ceramic, a case, a burner base, a detachable handle, a clear lid with a built in colander and an igniter. This stove is really light just weighing in at 30.6 oz. I cooked rice in mine and it had the water beginning to boil in 1 min 45 seconds and by 3 minutes 15 seconds it was at a full roaring boil. I didnt have a chance to clean it the night I used it but the next day even with the food dried onto it, cleanup was effortless. Everything wiped right out, no scrubbing required! Because of the convenience and lightness of this it fits in my hiking backpack and I will be using it on overnight hiking trips. I love that everything can all fit together and go into the carrying case. This is fast assembly (within minutes you can use it)