Application to test Primus Eta Express Mark McLauchlin
- Please accept my application to test the Primus Eta Express Stove by
Primus, from here on known as the PEE. I have read Chapter 5 of the
BackpackGearTest Survival Guide version 0609, and will follow all
instructions and fulfill all requirements. As a non-US based tester I am
also accepting the need to pay for freight.
This will be an ideal item for me to test as I am in the process of
investigating many different stoves for purchase to fulfill my light
One of the key technical advantages of the PEE is the combination of
windshield, stove, great BTU all in one package that can also be packed
into the pot for storage. This is truly exciting and something I will
thoroughly document and.
I am really looking forward to the opportunity to test this item as I do
not have a windscreen or pan which I would find very beneficial as the
area I will be testing in has high exposure to winds.
Name: Mark McLauchlin
Height: 1.76 m (5' 9")
Weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Email: mark at swanvalleyit.com.au
City: Perth, Western Australia
I have been hiking for approximately 12 months with most of my hiking
consisting of day walks averaging 16 22 km (10 14 mi) and
short overnight trips where possible.
I consider myself to be a light hiker with an average pack weight of
13 kg (29 lbs).
My preference is for hot dinners, breakfasts of cereals with fresh
fruit, and lunches usually of bars and sandwiches. I am starting to work
with freezer bag type meals.
I intend to test the PEE on a few planned hiking trips. The hiking trips
will include single over night and multi day/night in the Hills area of
Perth Western Australia and the Southern regions of the state. Average
temperatures that can be expected this time of the year range from a
mean maximum temperature of 25.5 C (77 F) to mean minimum temperature of
8 C(46 F), with an average elevation of 30 Meters (115 ft), however I
will be attempting to camp at 580 Meters (1903 ft).
Average rainfall expected during the initial few months of testing is
134mm or 5.28 in. (April to June).
The first weeks of testing I plan to camp over night at some of the
northern end campsites along the Bibbulumn track
<http://tinyurl.com/3cw23v> >. These campsites all host a three sided
hut, water tanks, bush style toilet and a cleared space for tents
(although quite small).
May this year (2008) I am planning a hike into the South Western end of
state (Western Australia) where the temperatures change dramatically.
Average maximum temperature of 21.0 C (70 F), and minimum temperatures
of 11.0 C (52 F). Rainfall during this time is also expected to be
approximately 75 mm (2.95 in). A detailed plan of this trip can be
provided, however it is expected to consist of 5 nights, 7 days,
covering approximately 123 km (76 mi).
The emphasis of my test plan will be on day trips and overnight hikes,
which I actively combine into geocaching. If I am lucky to be accepted
to test the PEE it will perhaps make the perfect companion in terms of
size, weight, durability and functionality, all of which and more will
be evaluated. I look forward to being able to make hot drinks and meals
with a minimal weight stove. As above stated I also plan on some longer
multi day hiking.
* True weight of the PEE, as listed on the manufacturer's
website, is 418G or 14.7 oz. This is a great weight when you include the
stove, windscreen and 1 liter pot with a lid that can be used as a fry
pan. I will accurately weight all components.
* How easy does the Titanium pot scratch?
* Will any of the components deteriorate over time?
* Do the handle hinges become loose?
* Will the igniter lose the ability to spark after a period?
* Do any of the components, i.e. lid, sleeve and main body distort
over time with the application of hot liquids?
* Is the volume of the pot (1 liter or 33.8 fl oz) enough to
re-hydrate my meals in one boil?
* I will also accurately measure and record the volume of the pot.
* Are you able to get all the pieces into the pot including the gas
and stove or is it like a Japanese origami exercise?
* Is it nice and easy to clean or will it stain?
* Is the efficiency of the boil (8900 BTU/h) really good, I will test
this by measuring temperatures over time and create a graph to represent
this under `normal' atmospheric conditions (ref to temperature
ranges listed in my Field Information section. I will compare to the 2.5
min boiling time the manufacture lists.
* How stable it the PEE going to be both on the ground or table, am I
going to be comfortable that it will not topple over?
* The stove is also able to be hung as per the manufactures website
however I am unsure if this means while cooking, I will investigate this
Previously Written Reports
Columbia Trail Meister Hiking Shoes <http://tinyurl.com/2y3ha2
October 15th 2007
Marine Blue Sunscreen with Insect Repellent <http://tinyurl.com/2ghah5
November 11th 2007
My reports and reviews can be found at;
I am currently waiting on the arrival of DeFeet Cloud 9 Socks (5 weeks)
and the Flej Solo (4 weeks) as my first reviews.
Thank you for your consideration Rick and Jo Ann,
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