Why We Chose The Primus FireStick: compact, durable, innovative
This turned a few heads – including those of the OM team – at the big OutDoor Show in Germany last summer. As you can tell just by looking at it, it’s a stove that’s very different to the other options out there. The key thing about it is that it’s designed to fold up small enough to slip neatly into your trouser pocket, into the side of a backpack or in a pannier, and without much risk of bits and bobs breaking off.
Who Is The Primus FireStick Stove For?
This is ideal for any multi-day trips where you just want a small and light stove to brew your coffee or cook your Super Noodles. At 105g it’s not the lightest option out there – the MSR Pocket Rocket 2, for instance, weighs just 72g – but it’s still definitely in the lightweight category. Bear in mind that there is a slightly lighter weight titanium version that weighs 89g.
This version features three steel pot supports connected to a pressure regulator and large twist valve that lets you control the output. The pot stands, which are designed to shield the burner from the wind, will support most pot sizes above 36mm in width. These are clicked together, turning the stove into a stick shape that’s about the size of a small pepper shaker.
“This is the kind of stove I’d want to take with me on my backpacking adventures.”
You can then stow this in the little woollen bag which doubles as a very handy pot gripper. A cigarette-sized piezo ignition stick also comes with it.
The output is 2500W. That’s a little weaker than Primus’s Microntrail (2600W) but then it’s more powerful than their Primetech system (2000W). The boil time is stated as 3.5 minutes for a litre on Primus’s website (more on our own experience with this in the Tester’s Verdict below).