Home Lightweight Family Camping Primus Primetech 2.3 litre Stove Set

Primus Primetech 2.3 litre Stove Set

£135 www.primus.eu 

The Primetech is an award winning remote canister heat exchanger stove, and we had the larger 2.3 litre version on test. The stove sits on its own base away from the fuel canister, which makes for a very stable cooking platform, and allows the canister to be inverted for use in cold temperatures. The main pan has a metal heat diffuser built into the bottom, which improves fuel use still further and means no ‘hot spots’ – great for melting snow and not burning pasta! This pan is also non-stick. There’s also a second pan (not non-stick), some stiff foil to protect the ground while cooking, a very secure locking handle (very useful on something this size), a lid with strainer that works brilliantly, plus a piezo igniter and an insulated bag to store everything in and retain some warmth in the food.

Everything fits together seamlessly and setup is very fast. It’s exceptionally stable, and fairly wind resistant because of the integrated windshield. The burner is quiet and a regulator evens out fuel use, and on my tests it seems around 20% more efficient than most sit on top canister stoves. It’s certainly fast enough – about 3.5 mins for a litre on average, dependent on conditions. There’s also simmer control, so it’s possible to cook, not just boil water. Weight all in, 870g, but the second pan and piezo lighter can be left at home to save about 200 grams.

► Verdict: Efficient and very well made multi-person stove. 

► Best for: Backpacking, cycle and ski-touring, general family camp use.

Review by David Lintern @selfpwrd