Primus Himalaya Omnifuel
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You would have forgiven Primus for resting on its laurels when the Himalaya Multifuel (which runs on bottled gas, white gas, petrol, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel) won a European Outdoor Award and Backpacker magazine's Editor's Choice Award for 1998. But no. Primus have re-designed the burner to include a pre-heating system that saves fuel and minimises priming time.
Primus Himalaya Omnifuel Reviews
Reviewed by Matt (UK) on 2006-01-28:
General comments: I've owned a Primus Omnifuel for about two and a half years now having bought it second hand after it had been subjected to some pretty major abuse on an expedition to Greenland. Despite this it performs excellently and is very reliable, requiring only minor maintenance. The stove packs down fairly small when its legs are folded away and when they are deployed it provides a very stable base for pots and pans. I have taken to burning gas most of the time due to the convenience but I have used the stove with paraffin, white gas and petrol as well. The flame control with liquid fuel is not very accurate (basically either on or off) but with gas it is very precise. The stove provides a huge amount of heat which melts snow and boils water very quickly. Highly recommended.
Pros: Very reliable and powerful stove which can burn just about anything. The maintenance kit which Primus sell seperately is excellent and allows the stove to be basically rebuilt so whatever happens the stove won't fail you.
Cons: Flame control with liquid fuel is a bit imprecise.
Reviewed by Pete Baars (Merseyside) on 2006-04-03:
General comments: I've been a fan of MSR stoves for a number of years, primarily for the low running costs. Howver, as I've got older and found a little more disposable income, the convenience of gas (on ocassions)became tempting again, so I decided to give the Himalaya Omnifuel a shot. I used it last summer for a 2 week sea kayaking trip in Norway and was suitably impressed.
Pros: The stove is robust, stable simple to operate. It easily converts from one fuel type to another and was very efficient.
Cons: Price, it's an expensive stove, but you get what you pay for with this one, so although the price hurts a little when you pay up, you won't regret it!
Reviewed by Emma Hunt (Staffordshire) on 2007-01-03:
General comments: I also used one of these during a months expedition to East Greenland in 2006. It was very stable and folded up to fit into a 1 litre pan to fit into a rucksack. Even after suffering abuse from expedition members unused to camping and using stoves (I belive one member stood on it!) the only problem was slight wobble. It required maintenance and cleaning throughout the month, but it only required a few adjustments. I don't own one currently but I need a stove like that again this is the one I would definitely buy.
Pros: Very stable, lightweight and stands up to extended use well.
Cons: The only point would be that regular maintenance is required.