User Review: Primus EtaPower EF
Price Paid: $100
Just purchased this stove and spent 5 days in Yellowstone.
Overall I loved the stove. Boils water as fast as my buddy's new Jetboil and is much more versatile.
The insulated pouch is a great addition. We were able to get rice dishes half done on the stove, drop them into the pouch and they finished off perfectly - a big fuel and time savings.
This allowed us to get started on other dishes while the one in the pouch finished cooking. A great addition...I would recommend this as an addition to the trail version of this stove...I saw it on Amazon for about $12.
Also, I loved not having the fuel source away from under the stove - it allows the stove and pots to set very close to the ground - a great attribute on even slightly uneven ground. My buddy succeeded in knocking over his Jetboil full of hot water...what a mess.
Now for the downside...I used my Outback Oven with the stove and it worked perfectly (cobbler, cornbread, pizza, brownies, etc)...EXCEPT, it melted the plastic parts of Peizo switch located along the base of the stove.
I removed the windscreen to use the Oven and there was just too much heat for the plastic parts of this switch. I looked at using the Oven with the Primus windscreen in place, but it looked like it might direct too much heat to the edges of the Outback Oven pan and, since the damage was done, I didn't want to take a chance on burning my brownies!!
Now that I am home, I will give it a try to see if it will work with the windscreen in place. If not, I will figure out some sort of shield to protect the switch - an idea I have also forwarded onto Primus.
Another minor complaint - we caught trout to eat and tried frying them...the lid/frying pan that came with the set is so small that it was not really workable. I used the bottom of my Outback oven and worked fine except the heat is so intense at the middle of the pan.
I tried to use the head deflector from the Oven without the wire metal risers, but the deflector worked too well and the pan would not heat up. However, the central source of high heat probably a criticism of just about any backpack stove. Maybe I just need to catch smaller fish!!
Overall, the stove performed great and Primus has already sent me a new ignitor (great service!!).
I would recommend this stove to anyone that wants something more than a water boiler...the additional weight was a welcome trade-off to the versatility of this stove. A KEEPER!!