I bought my first Svea 123 in the late 70's and have never been let down. For priming I simply carry a plastic eye dropper (stores in the lid) and squirt enough fuel into the base of the burner to fill the recess. That little metal mother always lights. To much fuel in the recess = huge flame, so don't sit to close to it when igniting. The lid sucks for cooking, but works perfectly for protecting the bendable upper parts of the stove. I also own a Wisper Light, but don't trust it do to the multitude of plastic parts. My 123 is the only camping equipment that has not been upgraded over the years, because it's simply the best stove on the market in my opinion.