User Review: Primus Litech Coffee/Tea Kettle
I have had the Primus tea pot for about 5 years and it has served me well. The first reason that I bought it was price, very reasonable. The second reason was how light it was, yet extremely tough.
The lid has always fit snug from day one and still does. The fold flat handle is very strong but even though the handle has a plastic type cover over the handle, it can still get very hot. I have not really noticed any leaks from the spout but because it is so short any water leakage will just drip into the cup/bowl anyway.
I use the Primus exclusively for boiling water only. I do not cook in it or mix tea or coffee or anything thing else in it. I believe it would be too hard to clean out.
Yes, it is heavier than a titanium equivalent (if there is something like out there), but the trade off is that it is almost indestructible on the trail and in the pack. You do not have to worry about placing it carefully in your pack so it will not crush or bend out of shape. Since it does have a low profile you can fit it easily in your pack.I do a lot of day hikes and multi day off road four wheel drive trips, both are hard on gear.
One downside is that since it has such a low profile you can’t put your fuel canister/stove inside, homemade alcohol stoves aside. However I just picked up the Esbit titanium wing stove and that with my Esbit tablets will fit inside no problem.
On a side note to see how efficient the tea pot is I did a non scientific boil time test with the Esbit titanium wing stove. First I used my homemade Heineken 24 oz beer can pot and then the Primus tea pot. I boiled one cup of tap water temperature water in each. The Heineken pot took about 5 minutes and the Primus teapot took about 3 ½ minutes to bring to a boil. There are several factors involved but that is my test result. Buy it!