Outdoors 378

Published on May 7th, 2009 | by Greg


Primus Camping Stove Brings the Heat

We’ve recently reviewed another gas-powered camping stove aimed at one or two people, compact and fuel-efficient, that also was quite light. We bring you another- the Primus EtaPackLite, another super-speedy unit that includes a nice non-stick pot, lid/colander, along with the burner, igniter, and bowl.

It packs together neatly, and is both durable and stable- we didn’t test it out in really high winds, but had no issues with the San Francisco breeze and the included windscreen seems like it would be able to handle varied conditions. This model holds a bit more water than the Jetboil PCS (40 oz instead of 32), but is a bit heavier (21 oz instead of 15). We liked the look of the Primus a bit more- it was wider and a bit more stable- but the Jetboil insulated better. The Primus got a full pot to boiling a bit faster though, but took a bit longer to setup. The EtaPackLite took the edge in efficiency and fuel use, though we had to estimate as we were using them in different temperatures and conditions. Pricing too is remarkably similar- around $100 each, the Primus has a $15 higher MSRP but seems to be available for around the same cost.

So… where does that leave us? Well, the Jetboil has an edge for coffee lovers, as they sell a convenient coffee press attachment. But that edge is negated if you aren’t brewing java, or want to instead use a mug with a built-in press, as the Jetboil one is not perfect. Our plan- take the Primus EtaPackLite when traveling in a pair, but when going solo keep the Jetboil PCS handy. Available online and in many camping and outdoor equipment stores.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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