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Great British Stove Off

By Phil on 2015.03.28 In General

No adventures this weekend, so Ian popped round today and we decided to have a “Great British Stove Off” with our outdoor cooking stoves, seeing as we both had nothing better to do.

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The contenders were my Primus OmniLite TI dual fuel stove vs Ian’s Alpkit Koro gas stove. We also threw in Ian’s home-made beer can stove to see how it faired.

For the test we opted to boil 0.5l of water for using identical full Primus 230g gas cartridges purchased today from LD Mountain Centre, with methylated spirits used for the beer can. The location for the test was my back garden in fairly windy conditions.
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Primus OmniLite TI:
Weight: 224g
Fuel options: Gas, Gasoline/Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene/Paraffin, and even Aviation fuel
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Alpkit Koro:
Weight: 125g
Fuel options: Gas
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Beer Can:
Weight: 11g
Fuel options: Methylated Spirits
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You can view the Great British Stove Off here: :)

In just over 3 minutes both the Primus OmniLite and Alpkit Koro stove started to boil, with the OmniLite just shading it in terms of boiling slightly more than the Koro. The home-made beer can stove finally brought the water to boil after 7 minutes.

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After the test we compared the gas cartridges to see how much fuel they had used and they had both used identical amount of fuel, using around 18g each.

Overall there was nothing really between the two stoves in terms of performance and fuel used. The Alpkit Koro is a lot lighter and cheaper but the Primus OmniLite TI has more options in terms of fuel which can be used and did shade it on speed of boiling the water. So I guess we are both happy with our chosen stoves and look forward to using them in anger on our adventures over the coming months.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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