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Optimus Gemini Dual Burner Camping Stove | Game-changing Gear

Weighing just 790g, the award-winning Optimus Gemini is perhaps the first dual burner camping stove light enough for backpacking

If you’re the type of camper who thinks mountainside gastronomy is pouring hot water into a Chilli Beef Pot Noodle, don’t bother reading on. But, if you’re a Gordon Ramsay of the fells who prefers gourmet al-fresco cooking to instant noodles, this new bit of gear might just be a game-changer. The Optimus Gemini is a dual burner camping stove weighing only 790g – that’s light enough to carry anywhere, but functional enough to unleash your elaborate culinary skills.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Outdoor cooking aficionado Harrison Ward, better known as Instagrammer Fell Foodie, loves a spot of summit-top stewing and fellside frying – and he’s impressed with the look of the new Optimus Gemini. “Double burners provide a much faster, more efficient cook”, he tells Outdoors Magic. “And this one looks perfect for a more complex dish or when cooking for a hungry group, all whilst not sacrificing too much backpack space or precious weight.”

Outdoor cook Harrison Ward thinks the Optimus Gemini is a game-changer. Credit: Daniel Toal

Harrison adds: “With two burners, you can have two pots on the go simultaneously – pasta in one, sauce in the other, for example – and won’t ever risk dishes going cold. You’re freed from the limitations of single pot cooking. The way the Gemini is powered by a single gas canister is another big appeal for me. Other setups often require two canisters, which adds unnecessary weight.”

Swedish brand Optimus claim the Gemini has a “trailblazing, lightweight design”, with “infinitely variable flame control for precise cooking” and a “small footprint to fit in any pack”. This innovative, ultralight approach caught the eyes of the judges at the prestigious ISPO 2020 awards, who named it a winner in the camping equipment category. Their comments? It’s a compact, foldable and lightweight gas stove with a “special design” enabling backpackers to “cook like a chef…anywhere and in almost any weather”.

The biggest selling point of the Optimus Gemini is its 790g weight (excluding accessories) and streamlined, compact size (38.5×19.5×10.5cm in operation, 30.5x7x10.5cm packed). Most other dual burner stoves are far heavier and bigger, and are only really suitable for campsites you drive to. The Primus Onja, for example, weighs 3.25kg and the Coleman Camping Cook CV Double Burner clocks in at 1.9kg.

But it’s not just about size – the Optimus Gemini has a host of impressive features. You get twin 3,400W burners (powered by a single, hose-connected propane-butane gas canister) that can boil 1L of water in approximately four minutes. At full power, the burn time is 165 minutes using one burner only and a 450g gas cartridge. The stove itself is made from durable, high-quality materials – a mix of anodized aluminium, brass and steel – and features foldable legs that double as pot supports on both sides for optimal stability. There’s also an integrated windbreak to protect the flame. Design-wise, the look is sleek and streamlined, and everything packs away neatly into a handy transport bag.

The Optimus Gemini costs £165 and a UK release date is to be confirmed.

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