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For summer, spring, and early fall camping and backpacking, it's hard to beat the lightweight versatility of the Primus Classic Trail Stove. Take this 8oz, compact cooking stove with you when temperatures are above freezing, and enjoy a fast meal on the trail—no priming, no preheating.

  • The Classic Trail Stove's crosswise pot support acts as a built-in windscreen, which makes cooking quick and efficient
  • This sturdy and streamlined Primus stove boils water in only three minutes
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Cheap, bomber, lasts.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The title says it all. I've had this thing for two years and have hauled it all over the country via car, airplane and backpack and have used it in 90 degree weather at sea level and 15 degree weather at 9,000ft and it's never failed me. For the price, I am floored at how well this thing has performed. It might be a little heavier than your pocket rocket-type stove, but the extra weight is worth the bombproof qualities it has. If you really want to stabilize the hell out of it, get the canister footrest (I don't think they sell it here but it's like 10 bucks on Amazon). LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Beast of a stove

    I just returned from a 3 day backpacking trip with 10 people to a glacial lake at 15000 ft and despite the wind trying to blow it out this stove performed great we took two stoves but this primus performed so well that we didn't need the other one it has a great fuel efficiency I only used two tanks the entire trip (you could probably boil 10 gallons of water with one tank) if your looking for the lightest stove out there this is not it but if you want a stove that will take almost everything you can throw at it this is the one for you. great stove for a beginner. because of this weekend I am buying the Primus express lander to lighten my pack a little bit. Becuase of this stove I will probably never use a different brand of stove.

    Like an A1 Abrams Tank

      Stable, reliable, great simmer control, and damn near indestructible. If you are counting grams this is not the stove for you, in all other cases it is the King. Even at full price it is worth every penny. I was given this stove when my brother upgraded, and it has seen use since 1997, i got it in 2004 and have been using only it up till very recently, only reason i upgraded was for weight savings, but it is still part of my car camp gear, and i feel it always will be.


        This stove just didn't fit my needs. It was heavier than I wanted and bulky too.

        if you want tiny and powerful, go for the snowpeak litemax titanium, almost the same output and weighs less than 2 oz and folds down tiny. But please do not knock this stove, because other than bulk (which adds to stability) the Primus Trail Classic is King.

        Bombproof for years

          My friend have it for 4 years. it can take a lot of havy pot and nothing can take down.
          It is not a light weight

          Just so simple!

            Got this stove on S&C for a great price. Threw it on my combined shippping and didn't give it much thought till I was out of whitegas, but had a canister left & wanted to cook on trail. Set it up in the basement (gasp!) and was very impressed with the simplicity of it. Screw the adapter on, screw the burner on and bingo! A stove.

            It has a pretty large diamater flame which helps to prevent burning of foodstuffs & speeds up boiling time. The flame/gas control isn't the most variable, you can crank it up, and go pretty low but it is a bit difficult to find a good simmer. Otherwise this is a great stove for quick jaunts, or environments you don't want to risk loosing your whisperlite. Buy one.

            Cooks twice as fast for half the price

              Out of all the stoves I have used the Primus Classic Trail Stove is probably the best I have used. I am not saying it the best out there but for me it is. My food always cooks faster than most people’s even though their stoves cost twice as much. You save room and weight by making the gas canister act as the base. It has a wide base flame so food cooks evenly and fast. Its compact and extremely light weight, and so far I have no complaints at this time. Oh it also makes a mean coffee.

              Cooks twice as fast for half the price

              Excellent stove

                I bought this and compared it with Pocket Rocket, SnowPeak Giga, and Coleman Peak canister stove. First, this stove is FAR more stable when it comes to holding a can or pot or pan. The stove boiled 2 cups of water 45 seconds to a minute faster than the others. (4700 feet) This stove has far better at flame control (simmering) than the others. The SnowPeak Giga and PocketRocket cool down faster. (able to touch metal to put away). In my opinion, the stability, the faster cook time, and ability to simmer makes the 3 or 4 extra ounces in weight ok with me. I like it!

                So simple

                  I love this little stove because it's so small and easy to use. I will say, though, that the little Primus canisters that are made to burn with this do not last very long so stock up if you're going out for very long. Also, a real windscreen is a must if you're using this when there is more than a breeze.

                  This is my first canister stove (yay!) and...

                  This is my first canister stove (yay!) and I have a quick question: when I'm done using it and wanna pack the canister back up, are there any special storage requirements for it or anything like that or can I close it back up, chuck it in my bag and go along my merry way?

                  What type of canister do I use to work...

                  What type of canister do I use to work with this thing? Where can I get them?

                  Best Answer

                  You need to use a canister with a Lindal valve (EN 417) The regular green 16.4oz propane bottles won't do it. You should be able to pick up what you need at any good camping or outdoor supply store like REI or somewhere like that. Buying online gets expensive because of the haz-mat shipping charges. You can use Primus, MSR, Snow Peak, Jeboil, etc... as long as it's a Lindal.

                  I somehow ended up with two of the Primus...

                  I somehow ended up with two of the Primus 2243. I need to know the fuel burn on 3/4 power. Four guys, six days at moderate temperature and 3,500 feet. As an alternative, maybe my antique Svea would be a better option. Anyone?

                  Best Answer

                  It is very hard to determine the exact amount of flow of any stove; there are a lot of variables to account for...Thats why you will usually never see a consumption amount... BTU's will usually be listed, and flow can be determined from this, but only with the addition of several unknown variables, conversions, etc... When I get a new stove, I perform the following experiment to determine the flow or fuel consumption. You must have access to an accurate gram scale (0.1g resolution will be the best). First I weigh a full bottle of fuel, this creates your reference. Then I would burn the amount of fuel you think you will be consuming, i.e. boil enough water for a planned meal... Now reweigh the fuel canister, the difference between your reference and this value will be a good rough guess of how much fuel is consumed by the experiment performed. Ideally you also want to weigh an empty canister to see how much the empty metal can weighs. Most fuel canisters have a fuel amount rating (size of fuel can), i.e. 100g, 220g, 450g, etc... this is the amount of fuel in the canister. So once you know your approximate burn amount (which can become more accurate with a larger sampling, more burns and reweighing), and the weight of the empty canister, you can easily do the math and determine what size/how many canisters you might need. I usually factor in an additional 20% for safety, but its user discretion. Once you have this data for your different stoves and mfg's of canisters, you can use this method for determining how much life is left in that fuel canister used last year; instead of the shake, hold and guess!? Works great and no more waste, rationing, and guessing...

                  Dean is right about all the variables, but basically, if you're looking for how many canisters to bring, I would think that 3-8oz canisters would be more than enough, although if you really want to be covered, carry one canister per person- plenty of safety margin, and a fair distribution of weight. You don't appear to have absolutely any problems at all with temperature or altitude. I personally prefer MSR IsoPro for the best performance.

                  That said, here are some specs from REI's lab-

                  Max burn time on high w/8oz canister- 50:42 (3/4 power should be about 1hr 3 min)
                  Avg boil time per liter- 3:28
                  Water boiled per 100g fuel- 6.8L

                  If you're going to be using a larger pot for group cooking, get yourself a canister footrest.

                  what primus maintenance kit should i get?...

                  what primus maintenance kit should i get? i love this stove but it needs a little love.

                  Best Answer

                  There is no dedicated maintenance kit for the Trail Stove. The only maintenance you might ever need to do is replace the rubber o-ring located in the top of the threaded stem where the gas canister screws in.

                  Will it work in High Altitude? I am planning...

                  Will it work in High Altitude?
                  I am planning a trip to Nepal in few months.
                  Will it function in Altitudes as high as 16,000+ feet? For this trip, I need it mainly for Coffee breaks.
                  Also, Can I find a gas canister in Nepal that will fit this stove?


                  Best Answer

                  No problems with the altitude, but low temperatures and the availability of the fuel might be a problem. Even for something as simple as coffee, you're still going to be better off with a multi-fuel stove in terms of performance and being able to scrounge up just about anything that'll burn.

                  Does anyone know if this stove can run on...

                  Does anyone know if this stove can run on butane only canisters? I.e., I'm going to Europe and have an adapter to allow it to connect to non-Lindal valve butane/propane canisters like Campinggaz, BUT there's another adapter to allow Lindal-valve stoves like this one to connect to the puncture-style canisters. But apparently THOSE canisters are butane only? Will this stove run on butane only (in warmer temps)?

                  will this stove connect to fuel canisters...

                  will this stove connect to fuel canisters that are easily available in Europe? (Italy and France.) Or does anyone know a good stove to buy for easy use with fuel canisters in Europe? Thanks!

                  Does anyone know where I can get parts for...

                  Does anyone know where I can get parts for a Primus #210 tourist stove made around the 1950's?

                  Best Answer

                  There are collectors of old stoves throughout the world. Primus like Optimus, has been a licensed, Swedish stove manufacturer since 1892. There may be some useful information at these websites:



                  Will the Primus Classic Trail Stove burn...

                  Will the Primus Classic Trail Stove burn on the Coleman Propane tanks? or does it need a special type?

                  Best Answer

                  This stove uses only Lindal valve (screw-on) type, compressed gas, fuel canisters made by @ least nine manufacturers including Brunton, Coleman, Jetboil, Kovea, Markill, MSR, Optimus, Primus, Snow Peak, etc. These canisters can be found in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, western Europe, Japan, & Korea.