Primus Express Lander Stove Review
November 11, 2013
I recently picked up the Primus Express Lander stove from Rei’s outlet site. After some recent cold weather mountaineering I decided it was time to make the switch to a white gas stove. I’d been considering a white gas cook system for a while but I just couldn’t justify the trade off in weight. The Primus Express Lander makes that a non issue. It is a 6.2 oz stove (the pump, included with the stove, weighs an additional 3.7 oz) that preforms quite well in cold weather. I was able to melt (and bring to a boil) enough snow to product 16 oz of water with 17g of fuel at 6000 feet of elevation. For short trips (1-2 nights) I would still probably use a Optimus Vega canister stove due to its ease of use (not needing to prime the stove) and low weight. It preforms great in cold weather but when you invert the canister to use it in 4 season mode it is a fuel hog – blasting through almost half a 8oz fuel canister to produce enough water for a single freeze dried meal.
When you combine the fuel efficiency of white gas with the low weight of the Primus Express Lander you easily have a net weight savings if you are going on a 3+ night trip or are going to be boiling water for multiple people in winter conditions – even taking into consideration the additional weight of a pump and fuel bottle.
I’ve only used this stove a few times but my experience has been positive. Its easy to use. Boils fast. Doesn’t weigh much. Spreads the flame out nicely across the bottom of the pot. Has decent flame control (although you are probably better suited with a different stove if you are trying to compete in a backcountry Iron Chef competition). Overall a great winter stove.
Some thing take note of: Obviously Primus fuel bottles are compatible with this stove. So are MSR bottles as long as you use the 20 oz or larger size (the smallest size MSR makes is too short to accommodate the pump included with this stove). Soto fuel bottles have too wide a mouth and won’t work.
This is the stove that convinced me white gas doesn’t need to weigh a ton. Its my go to winter weather backpacking stove.
Primus Express Lander Stove
UPDATE: It appears Primus no longer manufactures this product.