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I'm currently in a hard place picking a multi fuel stove for camping in high altitude and cold places. As far as it works good, weight would not be my concern. I know MSR whisperlite is probably the most popular multi fuel stove for the money but I want something better even if it's more pricey. After considerable searching, I have narrowed my choice to two models: primus omnifuel and MSR XGK. Both are built for expedition condition and prices are close. Both have received good reviews on online stores like REI and BC. Followed is a few differences I've found so far:
Con for primus:
1, Burns multi fuel as well as will attach to butane or propane canisters, while XGK only burns multi fuel. I know it's not that a big advantage but it's always better to have more choices since you never know what you are facing in remote area.
2, Somewhat better design. I did a little search on youtube and find this really good official primus video that explains how to use and clean omnifuel. I particularly like the feature that you can unscrew the jet orifice and clean it from both sides to prevent it from stuck, which is the biggest problem when using fuel not that clean. Also primus use metal pump over MSR's dedicated plastic pump. So overall it seens to me that omnifuel has a better design over the XGK model.
Con for MSR:
Great customer service. I've found negative reviews for MSR product but all I heard about MSR's customer service is great. I used to buy a MSR Hubba Hubba 2-person tent but have to return it after one month because there was some change to my plan and I need a 3-person tent. Absolutely nothing wrong with the product. However, they offered a full refund upon receiving it. No question asked. Primus, on the other hand, doesn't really say any thing about services like warranty on their website.
Any comments, experience or information about these two models would be appreciated. Thanks