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Primus Eta Solo Stove Review
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Primus Eta Solo Stove Review on 05/17/2011 18:02:11 MDT Print View

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Primus Eta Solo Stove Review

(RobertM2S) - M

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Eta Solo TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE on 05/17/2011 21:30:13 MDT Print View

My rating would be "Eta Solo TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!" In your report you said: "While I was trying to get the pot off the stove I found that the cozy could easily slip downwards, covering the air outlets at the bottom of the pot. If this happens while the stove is running two very nasty things could happen. The first is that the heat build-up under the stove would quickly melt the bottom edge of the cozy, and very possibly set it alight. Not good. The second, and even worse possibility, is that the blockage could suffocate the flame inside, causing it to go out. That would leave gas pouring out of the canister, but not being immediately burnt. The consequences could be less than desirable."

Ken Griffiths
(HillWalker) - MLife

Locale: Snowies-Tas-NZ in turn
Primus Eta Solo Stove Review on 05/18/2011 04:19:39 MDT Print View

The Primus Eta Solo certainly looks very like the Jetboil PCS. I have used the Jetboil PCS for a couple of seasons and it suits me very well. I used to have a fast breakfast - add cold water to oats and powdered milk, and to coffee. Now I boil 600ml and pour boiling water onto the food. Three servings, three containers, one boil up. Similarly, in the evening, I heat to a boil then turn the stove off at once. Then detach the Jetboil 'cup' by a small screw motion and pour out onto freeze dry vegies or cous cous. So I never have anything but water in the upright Jetboil pot/cup thingie. I leave the top off during heating, for safety. The Jetboil cozy makes handling the hot water easier. Though I purchased a hanger and the plastic feet and the stove top adapter, admiring their design, I have never used them. If the ground is uneven under the Jetboil, you can actually hold it so it does not tip, because 3 or 4 minutes are only needed. So this type of stove certainly suits a person like me who does not want to simmer anything. I love the design of the Jetboil. It looks like the Primus Eta might need some tweaking or production quality control.

William Brown
(MatthewBrown) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge Mtns
Primus on 05/18/2011 06:33:41 MDT Print View

I have a number of Primus products that I would highly recommend. But as soon as I saw this model at an outdoor trade show, I was extremely put off. Sorry to see I was right in my visual assumption.

To knock off another's design and make it better is one thing. To do it poorly is quite another.

Edited by MatthewBrown on 05/18/2011 06:36:05 MDT.

Allen Childs
(childthor) - F
Primus Eta Solo Stove Review" on 05/18/2011 11:02:04 MDT Print View

Hard to understand why they let this one go into production given their good name and previous products. I bought my first stove from them in 1977 but wouldn't touch this one.
Allen Childs
Waynesville, NC

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Primus Eta Solo Stove Review on 05/18/2011 11:22:24 MDT Print View

Enjoyed reading. This is a good example as to why we need experts testing new gear.

To: Primus

Fix it.

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
really surprised on 05/18/2011 15:19:27 MDT Print View

"""To knock off another's design and make it better is one thing. To do it poorly is quite another.""

Im agree............ but I´m really surprised with the review .... because primus manufacture really good stoves ... and because primus was the manufacturer of some parts of the first original jetboil ...¿?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Eta Solo TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE on 05/18/2011 16:16:53 MDT Print View

Hi Robert

There are many ways a stove could kill you ... :-)

The probability of the cozy slipping is not high ***if it is wrapped tightly around the pot***.
The probability that you would not smell it cooking if it did slip is pretty low as well.

So while there is a possibility, I would not rate it as very highly probable.


(aushiker) - MLife

Locale: Manning
Primus Eta Solo Stove on 05/18/2011 16:45:04 MDT Print View

Roger, you had the same experience as me. In fact, the cosy did slip down over the heat exchanger whilst running. It snuffed out the flame. Fortunately I was watching it at the time. On another occasion I made the mistake of putting the heat resistant cover on upside down.After a short time the flame went out and I couldn't work out why straight away. The gas bottle was full and it was not freezing so the gas should burn.
Then it dawned on me. I could only see into the burner section through the inverted U shape. Hang on, that was supposed to be on the top just under the bracket for the suspension kit.

The heat resistant cover was below the bracket and this caused the bottom section of the cover to block off the air vents apart from where the U shape was.
I had starved the flame of air.

Once I realized this I removed it completely and lit up the stove again.
This time I got another flare out of flame through the air vents and the flame singed the hairs on the back of my right hand.

Re the tilting:The vessel takes on a slight lean.
The reason for this is because there is a bit of play between the control knob housing and the moulded bracket that holds it and the Piezo igniter. In addition, there is also play at the top just under the burner head where the stem passes through the bracket that has the two red buttons that release the burner unit from the vessel.Stove with cover on upside down

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Primus Eta Solo Stove on 05/20/2011 18:30:22 MDT Print View

Hi Ralph

Yeah, not sure why Primus did not fix the tilt before release. Me, I think it's a serious design fault that the manufacturer is initially responsible for, Primus should have demanded it be fixed.