M Primus Micron Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
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Article Summary:Weighing only 3.4 ounces (96 g), the Primus Micron is a mini-canister stove with some excellent features and good performance. It is one of the best performers among the stoves we tested in calm conditions, but requires shielding from wind for good performance in windy conditions. The stove comes standard with a piezoelectric igniter that is operated by a lever rather than a push button. I like its ergonomics, but the igniter usually requires several flicks to light the stove. The pot supports are sturdy and cleverly designed so the stove collapses down to a very small size. Flame control is by a short knob that is easy to reach and turn. The Micron's flame adjustment occurs within one-third of a turn, but the control is precise. There is not much flame spread, so the stove produces a hot spot about 2 inches in diameter. In my field cooking tests, the Micron was up to every task I subjected it to, from melting snow to boiling water, cooking noodles, frying burgers, and cooking pancakes with a low constant flame. In lab tests the Micron turned in good boil times and fuel efficiency numbers under optimal conditions, but it stumbled in windy conditions. The Micron is especially sensitive to wind and loses a lot of efficiency without a windscreen. With proper wind protection, the Micron is an overall good performer and value.
- Stove ID
- Accessories Included
- USABLE FEATURES
- EASE OF USE
- COOKING PERFORMANCE
- HEATING EFFICIENCY
- TABLE: Summary of Boil Time and Fuel Consumption Data
- TIPS AND TRICKS
- RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT
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