Primus EtaSolo Stove

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Manufacturer Description

Compact, lightweight and low fuel consumption. Eta Solo is based on the award winning Eta technology of our Primus burner and heat exchanger. Its high efficiency rate assures fast boiling times and lower fuel consumption. The Eta Solo is stable in windy conditions, lightweight, and extremely compact. Quick and easy to set up thanks to its robust quick-click locking mechanism. The 0.9 L pot comes with a removable wrap-around heat resistant cover with sure-grip handle. The pot’s lid has a special opening for drinking hot brews. The burner and a 100 g gas cartridge can all be securely stowed away in the pot.

Features

  • Dimensions – 105 mm wide x 155 mm tall (4.1 in x 6.1 in)
  • Output – 1500 W (5400 BTU/h)
  • Piezoelectric
  • Comes with Hanging Kit, Pot Support, and foot rest
  • Boiling Time – 2:10 min
  • Burn Time – 59 min on 100 g of fuel
  • Weight – 365 g (12.9 oz) for stove & pot
  • Retail – $120

YMMV Review

Primus sent me an EtaSolo Stove for testing and I was able to take it on several trips.

In use at Jefferson Park

The stove is made to fit inside the pot with Primus gas canisters. Making it easy to pack away and set-up again when needed. This was the first Primus product I have had and found it to be well made with thought out features.

Design ★★★½☆

The Primus EtaSolo Stove is built for 1-2 people. The pot holds .9 liters and connects directly to the stove by the quick-click mechanism. To release the pot there are two buttons to push to unlock the pot. The stove screws directly into the gas canister creating one solid unit. On the stove there is a valve to adjust the flame strength and turn the gas on and off. On the opposite side there is a button to create a spark and auto-ignite the stove. There is a heat exchanger around the bottom of the pot to increase the heating efficiency of the stove. The pot has several features to make it easier to use as well. Inside the pot there are measuring lines up to 1/2 liter on one side and 2 cups on the other. The pot has a heat resistant wrap and handle. This is removable if needed. The pot has a rubber lid with an opening for pouring or drinking out of. The rubber lid resists heat.

Pot Stabilizer Attached

The stove system comes with a pot hanging kit, a pot supporting kit and a foot rest for stabilizing the gas canister. Many other systems make you buy these accessories separately so this was a nice surprise. The stove boast some impressive specs, it weighs less than 13 oz and has an output of 5400 btu/hr. Primus states that the stove has a boil time of 2:10. I tested it and had it take around 2 minutes to start to boil. It took a bit longer to reach a full boil. I am at 3,500 feet in elevation and tested it with 1/2 a liter of water.

Performance ★★★★☆

The Primus EtaSolo Stove worked flawlessly on my trips. It boiled water quickly even at 10,000 feet. Since it does not take very long to boil, your fuel will last longer. I have had a half canister of fuel before all my trips and it still has fuel in it for the next one. I even had to melt snow up on the South Sister Summit. The auto-igniter switch works well to light the stove and I never needed my spare matches. I really appreciated the measuring marks inside the pot. This stove is ideal for boiling water with dehydrated meals as those generally need a specific amount of water so this came in handy. When I boiled water the heat wrap did its job and made the pot able to be handled.

Gas Canister Supports

I liked how the pot would attach to the stove but I found unattaching the stove a bit more difficult, especially when there was hot liquids inside. The rubber lid attaches to the top of the pot and pours really well. I had to boil down a little oatmeal one morning and while I would not cook in the pot very often, it did a good job on that morning’s oatmeal. The pot support is a nice and easy to use accessory. The metal pieces can be a bit hard to keep track of though. I did not get a chance to use the hanging kit but playing around with it worked well. The foot rest attaches easily to the gas canister and adds a fair bit of support. The only thing I thought was weird is that it is too large to fit in the pot for packing away. I think Primus missed a bit with this.

Overall ★★★½☆

The Primus EtaSolo Stove is an easy to use efficient stove. It boils water quickly and is plenty sufficient for one or two people. The ease of use is great and the added accessories were an added bonus.

Stove Unit

There were a couple of features that are great but also were a bit tough to use. All in all I like the Primus EtaSolo Stove but I need to purchase the correct size gas canister so I can fit it inside the pot. The gas canister I have does not fit and if I ever use all the fuel then I can buy a smaller one.

This is a good option for an easy to use 1-2 person stove. At $120 it is a bit more expensive than comparative models but with the added accessories it makes it a better deal. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros

  • Fast boiling time
  • Added accessories
  • Heat wrap and handle
  • Pot clicks into the stove

Cons

  • Sometimes hard to detach the pot from the stove

    Inside the Pot
  • Foot rest does not fit inside the pot

Adventures

About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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