Primus MultiFuel EX Stove
'Cooking at the End of the World'
In Summer 2007, Swedish company PRIMUS will introduce the MultiFuel EX, a stove designed specifically for use “at the end of the world”, in places without supermarkets or outdoor shops, where you can count yourself lucky to find fuel at all. And if you do find fuel — whether benzine, petroleum, or kerosene — it often comes from unclean sources such as barrels or jerry cans.
For this kind of “dirt fuel” Primus developed the MultiFuel EX Stove. It has a lot of power, is extremely robust, and was designed to be as simple as possible. It also has the added advantage of being likely to clog or become damaged, since there are simply fewer pieces to break.
The design of MultiFuel EX Stove was based on the, now legendary, OmniFuel stove. It has a very high performance, with the ability to burn LP gas, benzine, petroleum, kerosene, and even diesel. Yet, it is very robust and easy to handle.
The initials “EX” stand for “extreme”—since the stove is extremely simple, extremely robust, and extremely tough when it comes to soiled fuel. “The fewer parts you have on a stove, the fewer parts can actually break”, says Joachim Grönvik, president of Primus. “Also, this stove digests dirty fuel much better than a conventional stove. Of course, we had to sacrifice a few handling features: Simmering is not as good as on OmniFuel. But let me put it this way, it is much better to have an extremely reliable stove that is not that comfortable to handle, than vice versa.”
Primus MultiFuel EX Stove:
Weight: 461 g (16.3 oz.) with pump / 358 g (12.6 oz.) without pump
Output: 3000 Watt / 10500 BTU/h
Fuel: gas, benzine, petroleum, kerosene
Cooking time: 1 Liter in 3 minutes (at 20°C water and surrounding temperature)