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Primus Omni Lite Ti Stove | Review

Here's a lightweight and reliable stove design worth a look at: The Primus Omni Lite Ti

The stove is more than a way to heat water or food, for us at least it is part of a morning or evening ritual. Sparking it up during an evening while camping high above the world says ‘the day is over, sit back, relax’. In the morning, that first cup of coffee on the mountain is a moment to behold, the expectation of the day before you.

On a multi-day trip, it is also one of the most important items in the backpack. Warm water and food are, needless to say, an essential part of a long adventure, and without it, the journey would be cut short. The stove cannot fail, every part of it must be very durable.

On our trips to the mountains, we’ve long turned to Swedish manufacturers Primus who trace their history back more than 125 years. Roald Amundsen who, in 1911, became the first person to reach the South Pole, took one, as did Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on the successful 1953 Everest expedition. The reputation Primus have for reliability goes back a long way.

Stoves tend to fall into three fuel-based categories: cartridges, liquid fuel and alternative-fuel stoves that run on wood or pellets. Most camping stoves fall into the first two categories, but the Primus OmniLite Ti spans the first two and is designed to work with gas, gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene/paraffin, and even aviation fuel (!), as well as cartridges.

“…easily one of the best multi-fuel stoves out there: lightweight and reliable.”

The screw-in gas canisters may be the easiest to use, but not when travelling long distances in remote areas where extra canisters may not always be available. They’re also problematic in extremely cold conditions – some simply won’t be able to function at all.

And it’s in those kind of situations that a multi-fuel option often comes up trumps.

Included with the Omni Lite stove is a 0.35-litre fuel bottle with a built-in pump for the user to manually add pressure to the bottle, forcing the fuel to move through and feed the burner.

The full kit, including windstopper. Photo: Chris Johnson.
The fuel bottle has a swinging joint so that the bottle can rest easily on unstable ground. Photo: Chris Johnson.
The regulated burner. Photo: Chris Johnson.

The stove itself is based on an earlier version called the OmniFuel, but this one is much lighter thanks to the use of titanium in the legs and windshield, and as fewer components as possible. The three legs lock firmly into place, and the profile is low and stable. A control knob can be adjusted even when wearing gloves.

It also packs down into a small size and all the parts can be neatly stowed away in storage bags. The stove is designed to be used with the Primus Eta pot with a heat exchanger, and in doing so can boil water in around two and a half minutes. Other containers can be used with it as well.

The Primus OmniLite Ti is easily one of the best multi-fuel stoves out there: lightweight and reliable, making that morning coffee even sweeter.

Tester’s Verdict

“The Primus Omni Lite Ti stove is ideal if you’re travelling to off-the-beaten track locations where standard camping fuel isn’t easy to come by, or at high altitudes when only certain fuel-types function. Though I haven’t managed to venture that far off the grid in the last few months, I’ve tested out the Primus Omni Lite stove on a couple of camping trips, finding it to be light, packable, and easy to use.

“Though I can’t not mention how loud the stove is, this is just a small drawback which can apparently be solved with a Primus silencer, if it really gets on your nerves! I look forward to using the stove to its full potential somewhere more off the grid soon.” – Will Renwick, OM Editor.

Price: 250 EUR

Weight: 230g

More info: primus.eu

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