FR Past Primitive Deluxe Cook Kit
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Ostrander Lake, Yosemite NP, California, July 2 - 4. Elevation: 8,500
feet (2591 m). Temperature range: 38 - 45 F (3 - 7 C).
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP, California, July 22 - 24. Elevation:
8,750 feet (2667 m). Temperature range: 45 - 55 F (7 - 13 C).
Cliff Lake, Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, California, August 13 - 14.
Elevation: 9,438 feet (2877 m). Temperature range: 40 - 50 F (4 - 10 C).
SAR overnight training, Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, California, August
20 - 21. Elevation: 9,000 feet (2743 m). Temperature range: 40 - 45 F
(4 - 7 C).
Moose Lake, Sequoia NP, California, August 27 - 28. Elevation: 10,530
feet (3210 m). Temperature range: 35 - 45 F (2 - 7 C).
Montana de Oro State Park, September 24 - 25. Elevation: 30 feet
(9.14 m). Temperature range: 50 - 55 F (10 - 13 C).
The stove has accompanied me on all overnight outings since I
received it. I use it the same way each time. Fill the pot to
capacity, prepare the windscreen, sweep away any plant matter to make
a bare patch on the ground, place the stove, seat the pot stand on
the stove, and use the syringe to fill the stove, screw in the
thumbscrew, then add a few drops to the primer ring. I usually use a
small lighter to light the stove. I use the pot lifter to put the pot
on the stand, then drop the windscreen in place and set the lid
loosely on the pot. Each use, I filled the stove with about .88 oz
(26 ml) of fuel. The water reached a gentle (bubbling but not
rolling) boil. I used the smaller Ziploc® container as a cup measure
and as a drinking vessel; the larger one was my bowl for rehydrating
and eating meals. I make my own just-add-water meals and keep them in
plastic bags, which I dropped into the container when it was time to
add water, and ate out of the bag to avoid unnecessary cleanup. After
drinking coffee, tea, or other beverage out of the cup, I used
whatever hot/warm water was left to rinse it.
The stove has been easy to use, and works consistently well when I am
careful to prime it properly. Temperature and elevation had no
noticeable effect on stove operation. On two occasions the stove
failed to blossom. After adding more fuel to the priming ring the
stove lit and burned until all fuel was consumed. One time I failed
to seat the pot stand into the top of the stove evenly, resulting in
my lighting the stove and placing the pot on only to discover the pot
sat on an incline and flames shot up the side of the pot. Since the
stove was lit, and the pot didn't slide off, I left it to complete
the burn and successfully boil the water, but I watched it nervously
for the longest few minutes I've spent on a backpacking meal.
On my fourth outing with the stove, I managed to do as I suspected I
might - I lost the thumbscrew. Fortunately I didn't miss it, as I had
used the stove to make breakfast before the screw was misplaced. Upon
discovering the loss I took the stove to a hardware store and found a
replacement that fit the threading on the fuel hole, and bought four
- a spare for my emergency kit and two more in reserve.
The foam pot holder is now slightly melted and/or singed on one edge
due to my attempt to short cut and pick the pot off the stove with
it, while the stove was still lit. The wisdom of a pot lifter was
made quite clear to me. I have developed the habit of placing the pot
lifter on the foam so that the breeze does not blow it away.
Another habit came about after I noticed rust stains on the inside of
the pot, which is aluminum. The pot stand is a small strip of steel,
and any moisture left in the pot when I pack it up in the morning can
cause a small amount of rust. So a swipe of the bandana or pack towel
around the inside of the pot and the lid to dry it became one of the
steps taken to repack.
The Guyot Designs Microbites set that came with the kit has gone out
with me each time, and I have used the spork more often than the
spatula. Given that I am rehydrating meals and not cutting or turning
anything, I suppose that makes sense. Some of the time I have used
the spatula to stir hot chocolate or coffee, but beyond that I have
not found a use for it. The spork has held up well and without a
scratch or a broken tine.
The Past Primitive Deluxe Cook Kit has performed well and meets my
expectations for a kitchen kit. The parts of the kit have been well
thought out and each has a use, with the exception of the spatula (so
far). The bottle has not leaked, the windscreen has shielded the
flame well against many breezes, and the end result - boiling water -
has been consistent save for some user error on my part. I will
continue to take the kit with me as summer becomes fall, and return
at the end of November with my long term report.
My thanks again to Past Primitive and to Backpack Gear Test for the
opportunity to review the Past Primitive Deluxe Cook Kit.