Primus Express Stove (Piezo)

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 96 g / 3.3 oz
Dimensions 87 x 40 x 83 mm / 3.4" x 1.6" x 3.3"
Ignition Manual
Boiling Time 3.15 minutes
Suitable for 1 - 2 people



Great little stove! I got this NIB on ebay for $9.95…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $9.95


Great little stove! I got this NIB on ebay for $9.95 as a backup stove to my Primus EtaPackLite and ended up using it more than my primary stove. It was quicker to set up and with the diffuser on the Primus pots, it ended up boiling water just as fast.


  • Light weight
  • Piezo igniter worked every time
  • Flame adjustment worked well


  • Ground stability when using canister as the base

I've been using the Primus EtaPackLite stove system for several years and have really enjoyed it. Now that my children have gotten older and can shoulder more weight in their packs, I decided to get a backup stove that they could also use while on our backpacking trips to make their own food.  

During our summer backpacking trips, I ended up using this stove more often than my primary one. It was just too easy to set up and use. When it got windy, I'd still use the EtaPackLite since it has a more stable platform and a really effective wind shield but on calm days, that one stayed packed up.

I got this at an incredible price on ebay so couldn't resist the purchase. I bid $9.95 and no one ever upped the bid. I was a happy camper, so to speak.

I've only used this for a single season so I hope I don't start having the issues mentioned in the other review.  I live in CO and we typically camp anywhere from 7,000' to 10,000'.  I guess time will tell.


Worked great at first, but disappointed over time.

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Worked great at first, but disappointed over time.


  • Compact


  • Decreased flame output over time

This stove worked great at first but became clogged, I believe, and would hardly simmer water after the first day. When it worked, it worked great, but haven't experienced the same performance since.

I tried everything, clearing the gas port, changing canisters (x's 3) and trying it at different altitudes. I even changed canister brands with no luck.

I emailed Primus about a month ago with no response, which disappointed me even more.

The reviews of this stove are good so I'm wondering if I just got a "bad apple" and I'm at a loss to why it's happening. I live at 6,000ft and camp at +/- 9,000ft.

I've ordered a Snow Peak stove, waiting for that to get here. Chose it based on the reviews, thanks, and I'm hoping to have better luck!

Ryan Bastien

Just got the Snowpeak and hooked it up to the same canister that I used with the Primus and it worked beautifully. Definitely the stove.

1 year ago

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Primus Express stove with piezo (igniter) has a unique combination of low weight and durability. The fact that it can handle really large pots at a low weight of just 96 grams (3.3 oz) is excellent proof of the stove's capacity. A natural choice for people who need a durable stove in the wilderness. Comes with a nylon storage bag.


Primus Express Stove with Piezo IgnitionWhen packing light, the Primus Express Stove with Piezo Ignition gives you all the durability of a larger stove, yet it only weighs 3.3oz. This stove boasts a micron burner that withstands windy weather, and titanium pot supports that can handle extremely large pots. Duo Valve fits most cartridges on the market that have a valve. The Primus Express Stove with Piezo Igniter s EasyTrigger allows you to light the burner quicker and with more consistency.

- SunnySports

When it's weight that counts, pack the Primus Express Stove with Piezo Ignition for lightweight cooking without the heavy bells and whistles. This canister stove weighs in at a mere 2. 9 ounces, making it ideal for ultralight enthusiasts or those looking for a simple stove with no-nonsense cooking abilities. Don't let the Express' light weight fool you--this thing is durable, and its wide base and robust titanium pot supports accommodate large pots while taking up very little space in your pack. With the Express Stove in your gear, you can avoid the hassle of finicky backpacking stoves that fail to work in windy conditions. It is also an excellent option for world travelers, as it features a Duo valve which fits most types of gas cartridges on the market. The stove's EasyTrigger piezo ignitor gets you cooking quickly and easily, and a nylon carry bag keeps it handy inside your pack.


The Express stove has a unique combination of low weight and durability. It can handle really large pots at a low weight of 82g (2.9oz), 96g w/ piezo (3.3oz). Comes with a nylon storage bag. 8500 BTU.

- Vargo Outdoors