Primus Gravity II Stove Review

Santa and his Elves were kind enough to stuff £25 of Cotswolds vouchers in my stocking this Yuletide so I popped straight down to their Boucher Road store and bought a £55 stove – maths was never my strong point.

I have a collection of stoves that are all awesome but none of which exactly fit my specification. The Mini and 27L Trangias are excellent but can’t boil water in a titanium cup directly as it can’t sit ontop of the burner. The Vango Compact is lightweight and simple but unstable in wind and the Jetboil is by far the best solution for boiling water but utterly useless if you want to fry a sausage.

Primus Gravity 2 with Windshield

So what I really needed was a floor sitting stove with pot arms that come in far enough that they can support a cup and the Primus Gravity II fitted the bill nicely. It comes in both multifuel and gas models at around £60 and £90 respectively. Since I have never been a fan of multifuel as I think they’re noisy and overkill for Northern Ireland I plumped for the gas version.

It weighs 269g without windshield and gas and will boil 1L water in roughly 3 minutes. Its immediate drawback was that  when folded it wouldn’t fit inside my Tibetan titanium pots meaning I would need to carry it separately. This in its self isn’t that big a problem but a stove inside a pot wont get bent or damaged whereas one stored in a bag eventually most probably will.

Primus Gravity 2 with Tibetan Pot

A quick test in the living room (no it wont burn the wood floor, trust me) showed it was simple to setup, quick to light with the piezo electric ignighter and super easy to adjust the power with the valve ontop of the gas canister.

Within a few days we were off to the Mournes for a day hike and I was able to give it a first proper test with the hikers favourite, Super Noodles. Perched ontop of Cock Mountain I found a flat rock, setup the stove with windshield surround and base and in no time at all the water was boiling and the noodles were opened. Due to a culinary clerical error I added a bit much water meaning I had to boil them for much longer than usual so I couldn’t really honestly gauge the time it took but judging from past experience it was plenty fast and again, I was impressed with the ease I could control the temperature having the valve so accesible.

Primus Gravity 2 with Titanium Cup

With lunch made it was time for the second test – boiling water in a titanium cup. I like to be able to make coffee after eating without having to clean pots or carry a kettle so heating water in the cup you intend to drink from is really useful. I did manage to heat water in the cup but it took much longer than expected. I’m not sure why but it could be because the burner head is a bit wide for the cup so heat might not transfer so readily.

Primus Gravity 2

To sum up, as with all gear, one outing is never enough but my initial thoughts are that it’s an excellent stove. Problems efficiently boiling water directly in a cup and the stove not fitting inside a pot for transport are the only issues I have, both of which I can live with. The last thing to consider is although this is a great stove, is it worth the 200g extra over the Vango Compact when not cooking a complex meal. As ever, no stove can be called “tested” until it’s cooked haggis on a peak so I’ll report back.

The numbers (g):

Stove 269
Bag 32
Undershield 21
Windshield 55
Total 378
Gas 190



 

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2 Responses to Primus Gravity II Stove Review

  1. craig says:

    Try the windshield a lot tighter! I had a gravity for years and those notched corners allow the pot-lifter handle access. I would have the pipe coming out through a little gap here, but the shield would be as near as joined. With the gas cartridge being separate there is no worry about too much heat reflection – use it all. Flame always burned blue so I presume it still got enough oxygen.
    Fantastically stable, simmerable stove. Enjoy.

  2. Zeaphod says:

    Roger on the windshield fit – it traps more heat from the burner. I’ve used a MSR Windpro for a few years, keeping the (very similar) windshield tight around the pot makes quite a difference.

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