If you like the Jetboil Flash then you will like the Primus Eta Lite, as they are virtually identical stoves with only small details differentiating them. The Primus Eta Lite is £109 against the £105 of the Jetboil Flash. Both stoves feature a tall pot that also accommodates the burner and a foot support when packed away. The burner screws to the gas canister and the pot clips on top with a triangular joint bayonet fitting. There is a possibility that this fitting could get damaged or bent if you are not careful when packing this and there is no protector for it, so some care is needed I think when putting this in a rucksack and then kicked your pack around. A piezo ignition is provided to make lighting easy, and the pot gets a great lid that allows you to see what is happening inside. The pot is quite deep at 15cm, so you’ll need a long spoon to reach the bottom; and while this is superb for heating water or warming up Wayfayrer meal pouches it is not as good as the Primus Eta Express for more general cooking simply because of the narrow profile of the pot. Like any tall cooking system the Primus Eta Lite is not as stable as lower-profile designs so Primus supplies a foot support to widen the base of the gas canister onto which the burner is attached.
Includes dedicated pot and foot support
Packed size 15x10x10cm
Pan support diameter 9cm
Weight (without fuel) 150g burner + 244g pot set + 24g foot support
Like the Jetboil Flash, the Primus Eta Lite is superb for solo use when you just want a neat and easy to use burner and pot combination that is ideal for heating water and pouches of meals, but others options are more stable and better for more culinary camp cooking.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine August 2014