Primus ONJA Camp Stove

Style and function in the best-looking two-burner camp stove on the market

Primus is one of the most-trusted stove brands on the market, so when they asked us if we’d like to test the new ONJA 2-burner camping stove, we happily obliged. Straight out of the box, the ONJA looks pretty damn cool we have to admit. It kind of resembles a trendy oversize lunch box (it even comes with a with handy carrying strap) and at 7-pounds it’s in the middle of the pack in the two-burner catagory as far as weight is concerned. The designers seem to have been given free reign with this stove, and it shows — it’s both fashionable (if you care about that kind of thing when you’re camping) and functional.

 

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Two fuel bottles (Primus only) fit nicely inside the whole system and it folds out, kind of like the wings on an X-Wing Fighter, in about three seconds flat to a wide, stable platform. A nice little touch is that it comes with its own wooden cutting board that acts as a protective shield for the burners. We took it on a 3-day self-supported whitewater SUP trip and it fit quit easily, and laid flat, into a 47-liter drybag. Unlike a normal backpacker-style Primus stove, there is no pumping or priming involved, which meant we had our first ‘appetizer’, some nice hot coffee and Baileys, in about 5 minutes from set-up to first sip.

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They are intended to be used with family or friends, for cooking outdoors, eating together and simply enjoying yourself,” saus Primus CEO Lars-Ola Brollinson. “It focuses on the social and culinary aspect of outdoor cooking.” He considers the stove as a campfire alternative rather than a speedy expedition stove and, as such, has named the whole range ‘CampFire Products’.

 

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The Pros

  • Minimalist design with  ‘Euro’ style
  • Super, duper easy to set-up and take down
  • Wooden cutting board for prep (not a cheap piece of plastic crap)
  • Handy shoulder carry-strap
  • Very compact double-burner camping stove
  • Uses sobutane fuel canisters that heat up faster than propane

The Cons

  • In a stiff wind, the burners will undoubtedly get blown out. There is no wind-guard like you’d normally find on a lay-flat two-burner stove.
  • It sits pretty high, which can create a potential nightmare scenario of having one of your pots or pans of food topple over.

For more info, check out http://www.primus.eu/

 

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