Stove Use and Maintenance
To clean and maintain your Primus Multifuel stove it's important to regularly check and clean the stove's parts, including the jet nipples, O-rings and fuel line. Periodic maintenance is key to ensuring optimal performance and longevity of the stove. The process involves disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the stove components. It's also crucial to use the right tools and replacement parts as needed.
For detailed instructions and tips on how to effectively maintain your Primus Multifuel stove, please read our maintenance guide here.
When using Primus stoves, it's essential to prioritise safety. Always read the product's specific instructions first. Use the stove outdoors, away from open flames and flammable materials. Before igniting, inspect for any leaks. These precautions are fundamental to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience with your Primus stove.
For more detailed safety guidelines and instructions, please read the product's manual.
No, Primus stoves should not be used for indoor cooking, including in tents, campervans and caravans. They are designed for outdoor use only. Using them indoors can pose significant safety risks. For more detailed information and safety guidelines, please read the specific instructions that come with your Primus stove.
Low gas flow in your Kuchoma Stove could be due to a clogged jet nozzle or a failing regulator. To fix a clogged jet nozzle, remove it by loosening the bolt fixing the burner pipe to the grill, then clean the nozzle using a needle or thin piece of wire. For a failing regulator, it will need to be replaced. Ensure all parts are reassembled correctly after cleaning or replacing. For more detailed instructions and information, please get in touch with our customer service team: email@example.com
Yes, it's possible to change the adapter on your Primus stove, but it's important to choose the right one for your specific stove model. That's why we've created a guide to help you select the appropriate adapter, ensuring compatibility and safe operation. For detailed instructions and options, please check out our Primus Adapter Guide.
It's normal to hear a hissing sound when attaching a gas canister to your stove. This occurs if the non-return valve opens before the O-ring is fully sealed. The connection typically seals with an extra quarter to a half turn of the canister. This effect can vary with different canisters and stoves. If the canister is tilted or shaken, liquid gas might leak out, which feels cold and seems like a larger leak. To minimise leakage, keep the canister upright and screw it on quickly for the last few turns.
A slight deformation of the burner on your multifuel stove when hot is not unusual and typically doesn't affect its performance. This happens because the material softens with heat, and pressure can cause minor changes in shape. However, if the deformation becomes more pronounced and starts to affect the position of the flame spreader, you should contact Primus customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If the Piezo igniter on your Primus stove isn't working, first check the gap between the ignition wire tip and the burner head; it should be 4-5mm. Adjust by bending the wire if necessary. Incorrect distance can cause ignition issues. You can also try scraping a bit with your nail over the Piezon if any food residue is stuck and preventing the spark. If the problem persists, consider replacing the Piezo. Primus offers spare parts and our YouTube channel features tutorials on how to replace them.
You can cook a wide variety of meals on your Primus Stove. For inspiration and specific recipes, we recommend visiting the Primus Camp website. There, you'll find a collection of recipes perfect for outdoor cooking, ranging from simple, quick meals to more elaborate dishes. Each recipe is tailored to the unique capabilities of Primus stoves, ensuring you can make the most out of your outdoor cooking experience.
Parts and Accessories
The DUO valve on Primus stoves is designed for versatility, fitting both Primus gas canisters and Campingaz unthreaded canisters. It securely attaches to the canister valve, providing a stable connection. This valve is particularly useful when travelling in areas where Campingaz canisters are more common, offering greater flexibility. However, in regions where Primus canisters are more available, the standard valve is a good choice and also easier to handle.
A Piezo is an electronic device used in many modern stoves, including those from Primus, to ignite the gas. It generates a spark when a button is pressed, which in turn lights the stove's burner. This mechanism eliminates the need for matches or lighters, making it a convenient and safe option for igniting stoves during outdoor activities.
A Primus regulator is a device designed to control the gas flow and pressure in stoves, ensuring consistent and optimal performance. It is particularly useful in maintaining steady heat output in varying conditions, such as changes in fuel level or external temperatures. For a detailed explanation and more information, you can find out more in this video on our Primus YouTube channel.
Cookware and Utensils
Whether Primus pots and pans can be put in the dishwasher depends on their material. It's important to check the specific care instructions for each product, as some materials may not be dishwasher safe.
Primus pots and pans are made from a variety of materials, each with unique properties. The key differences among these materials relate to factors like heat conductivity, weight, durability and non-stick properties. Each material offers specific benefits, making some better suited to certain cooking methods or conditions. Understanding these differences can help you choose the right cookware for your needs. For a detailed comparison of and guide to Primus cookware materials, please visit our Cookware Guide and our Materials Guide.
It's generally not recommended to use metal utensils with Primus non-stick pots and pans as they can damage the non-stick coating. To maintain the integrity and longevity of the non-stick surface, it's advisable to use utensils made of materials like wood, plastic or silicone. For specific guidelines and more detailed information on the use and care of Primus non-stick cookware, please have a look at our Cookware Guide.
We offer a range of cutlery designed to suit different outdoor adventures. The variations primarily lie in the materials used and the design of the cutlery, with some options being lightweight for ease of transport, while others are more robust for durability. The choice depends on your specific needs, whether you prioritise low weight for backpacking or sturdiness for more rugged use.
Yes, like any knife, Primus Campfire and pocket knives require sharpening over time as their edges can become blunt with use. Regularly using a honing steel can help maintain the edge but, eventually, you may need to sharpen the blade to restore its full cutting capability. Regular sharpening is a key part of knife care for lasting performance.
Fuel and Lighting
Primus outdoor stoves are versatile and can be used with various types of fuel, depending on the stove type. These include gas (like their specific blends of propane, isobutane and butane), chemically pure gasoline (white gas), kerosene and, in emergency situations, even jet fuel. Additionally, OmniFuel and OmniLite Ti stoves can run on diesel when other fuels are not available. The choice of fuel depends on factors such as your adventure, altitude, temperature conditions and fuel availability in different regions. Each fuel type has its own advantages and considerations, like energy content, ease of ignition and operational temperatures.
For detailed information on each fuel type, please visit our Primus Fuel Guide.
Canister gas, like Primus Power Gas, is a blend of gases such as propane and isobutane, stored under pressure in metal canisters. It performs well in a range of temperatures, even below freezing, making it suitable for various outdoor activities. The gas, in liquid form inside the canister, turns to gas when released through the valve. These canisters are compact and portable, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. For more detailed information, visit our blog article: Everything About Canister Gas.
Primus gas canisters come in different types to suit various outdoor conditions.
A blend of propane and butane, ideal for temperatures between 15°C and 40°C.
A mix of propane and isobutane, functions effectively down to -22°C.
Our most popular type, a mix of propane and isobutane, suitable for general outdoor cooking. Ideal for remperatures between -5 and +25°C.
SIP Power Gas:
A mix of propane and isobutane, suitable for general outdoor cooking. Ideal for remperatures between -5 and +25°C. SIP stands for Sustainable Improvement Programme. Here, we focus on a more sustainable supply chain and support the use of bio-based fuels. The functionality and temperature range are similar to the classic Power Gas.
Each type is designed for specific environmental conditions to enhance your outdoor cooking experience. For more details, visit our blog article Everything About Canister Gas.
The lifespan of a gas canister varies based on usage and conditions. Typically, 100 grams of gas can boil about 10 litres of water or up to 15 litres with a more efficient PrimeTech pot. Factors like altitude, wind and temperature can affect this estimate. For a comprehensive guide, please visit our Primus Camp article on Everything About Canister Gas.
Yes, you can refill your Primus Powerlighter with Primus Cassette gas. It's a simple process once the lighter runs out of fuel. Primus Cassette gas can be found in Primus retailers.
If your Primus Powerlighter is having trouble igniting, it might be due to the gas flow being too high or too low, often affected by air pressure or elevation changes. You can adjust the gas flow by rotating the cylinder around the refill valve at the bottom of the lighter. Remember, the Philips screw at the bottom is only for holding the parts together and does not affect gas flow. You can find a video demonstrating this process on our YouTube channel: Powerlighter Fixing Video.
To light your Primus lantern successfully, follow the specific steps outlined in the user manual. These usually involve preparing the lantern, ensuring the fuel source is correctly attached, and using the ignition mechanism properly. For detailed instructions and safety tips, please check out our guide about Primus Lanterns & Mantles.
To replace a mantle on your Primus lantern, you'll need to follow a few key steps. These include removing the old mantle, correctly positioning the new mantle, and securing it in place. It's important to handle the mantle gently and follow the specific instructions for your lantern model. You can find a more detailed guide here.
Bottles and Insulation
The duration for which a Primus vacuum bottle maintains the temperature of hot or cold liquids depends on factors like the type and size of the bottle, and the initial temperature of the liquid. In our guide about Primus Vacuum Bottles you can find various diagrams that show how the temperature in our bottles changes over a period of 24 hours.
Primus vacuum bottles should not be put in the dishwasher. It's recommended to clean them manually with a brush and washing up liquid. The bottle's cap and its seals should be cleaned separately. If there's any residue inside the bottle, a mix of water and washing up liquid or bicarbonate left overnight can help. Dishwashing can discolour the coating and may not effectively clean the bottle due to its narrow opening. For more detailed care instructions, you can find our vacuum bottle care guide here.
The difference lies in their insulation abilities. Vacuum-insulated bottles have a vacuum between two walls, providing excellent insulation and minimal heat loss. Double-walled mugs have an air layer between the walls, offering better heat retention than single-walled mugs but less than vacuum-insulated ones. Single-walled mugs have no insulation layer, so heat transfers more quickly. Each type has its own benefits depending on the intended use and the desired level of temperature retention.
No, you should not use Primus vacuum bottles for carbonated beverages. The pressure buildup from carbonated drinks can cause the stopper to be ejected forcefully, leading to potential leakage, damage or injury. Always use the bottle in accordance with its intended use to ensure safety and longevity.
You can put Primus Tritan Bottles and uncoated stainless steel water bottles in the dishwasher. However, the coated Klunken or TrailBottles should not be placed in the dishwasher. It's important to follow these guidelines to maintain the quality and durability of your water bottles.