Primus Express Stove without Piezo
Price Paid: $38
I agree that one of the other reviewers has gone off on a tangent: lightweight isobutane stoves vs. liquid fuel stoves. Before I describe my experience with this particular stove, let me simply point out that isobutane cannisters are readily available just about everywhere and that most backpackers don't use infrared heaters.
Furthermore, lightweight stoves like this are pretty bulletproof, not requiring cleaning kits and replacement parts as do most liquid fuel stoves. There are very few adjustments with these stoves, no pumping, no hoses to leak, etc.
I use my Express mostly with a GSI hard anodized aluminum kit and it can boil water in three or four minutes. A canister lasts me nearly a week. The three supports to a good job of keeping the pot steady, though they are a bit small to handle a decent frying pan. I would definitely recommend getting the Primus legs for the canister (or whatever unit fits your canister manufacturer...the Primus seems to work only with their own canisters). It really stabilizes the whole assembly and mine fits right into my GSI kit with the stove.
The unit itself is tiny and folds up very neatly. I've had no problems with the folding mechanism. The unit ignites on the first or second try each time.
Highly recommended for personal use.
Price Paid: Free
The other review for this stove seems to be a review of compact canister stoves in general and has very little to say of this particular model.
I picked this up as a giveaway and I was pleasantly surprised. It is more miserly on fuel than my MSR PocketRocket, with more stable pot supports, and better wind resistance. It's also 3 oz on the dot on my postal scale, so it is competitive with anything else out there.
The flame control is good, but the flame is a bit narrow, all in all it's still better for boiling than even heat. If weight is not your top concern, consider the Primus EtaExpress instead for more wind resistant cooking, still with the option to leave the extras at home and take just the Express stove itself.
For me, among compact canister stoves, only the Snow Peak LiteMax is really preferable to the Primus Express.
Price Paid: $14
Object of this stove is small size but it runs on propane cans hard to get. IF you are a serious backwoods camper, stick with the liquid fuels like Coleman, kerosene or alcohol to save weight which can be carried safely in thin aluminum bottles.
My camp site has infrared heating, lighting, cooking and even refrigeration powered by 16 ounce propane bottles. 16 ounce propane bottle with small single mantle lantern and fly burner makes more sense. A simple frypan can boil or cook almost any food including 'microwavable' foods from the camp store.
TOAST requires a metal fork and patience....'Leggo my Eggo' waffle! Cooking breakfast in a cold morning tent means heat that you don't have from sleeping bag. Primus Express is just too small...trust me...I never burned a Thomas' English Muffin on a fork. WHY SUFFER?
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Here's what other sites are saying:
A minimalist stove with maximum durability. The Primus Express is small enough to fit in any backpack or boat, and yet burly enough to quickly heat up large pots full of water or chow.This stove weighs in at less than 3 ounces and will boil water in about 3 minutes.Power Fuel cartridge system makes the Express easy to use and super reliable. No pumping or priming required. Fuel cartridge not included.Comes with a handy nylon storage bag.
The Primus Express stove has a unique combination of low weight and durability. The fact that it can handle really large pots at a low weight of just 82 grams (2.9 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. If you're looking for an autolight version of this stove check out the Express Stove Auto.
Primus Express Stove With Piezo Ignition - The Express stove from Primus is a minimalist stove with maximum durability. The Express is small enough to fit in any backpack or boat, yet burly enough to quickly heat up large pots of water or chow. Weighing in under 3 ounces, the Express can boil water in about 3 minutes. The push-button EasyTrigger ignition makes lighting the Express effortless. Primus' Power Fuel cartridge system makes the Express easy to use, with no pumping or priming required. A natural choice for people who need a durable stove in the wilderness, the Primus Express stove packs a lot of punch in a small package.
Minimal stove with maximal durability. The Express stove has a unique combination of low weight and durability. The fact that it can handle really large pots at a low weight of just 82 grams (2.9 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. FEATURES: Dimensions: 87 x 40 x 83 mm, 3.4" x 1.6" x 3.3" Weight: 82 g, 2.9 oz Ignition: Manual Boiling Time: 3.15 min. Suitable for: 1-2 people
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