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Primus Stoves & Gas at Allcocks

We are very passionate about Primus products here at Allcock’s, our directors used Primus stoves and gas exclusively for their expedition to Nordkapp where they experienced temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius. Since then, Primus has been their go-to brand for all camping trips and outdoor adventures.

So if you are looking for Primus stoves in the UK or require any advice from people with hands-on experience then Allcock’s is the place for you.

About Primus

Primus’ ambition is to provide outdoor lovers with the freedom to explore. This gives them a very simplistic outlook on life; every day has the potential to be an adventure. Going on an adventure doesn’t mean you have to scale Everest or trek through Mongolia, it could simply be a walk in the woods. That is the reason why Primus has spent 125 years dedicated to engineering the best outdoor cooking equipment for adventures of all magnitudes.

Whether your adventure is big or small, Primus believes that they all start from a good meal. Because eating inspires our imaginations and food fuels our bodies for the adventure. Every day deserves to be an adventure and every day can be great.

The history of Primus

The production of Primus stoves started back in 1892 in a small blacksmith workshop in central Stockholm when they created the world’s first soot-free kerosene stove. Because it was the first, they named it Primus. Primus stoves soon became renowned for reliability and the primary choice for people heading off on demanding expeditions. These expeditions included some huge milestones, the first person to reach the South Pole and the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest were equipped with primus stoves.


  • 1892 - F.W. Lindgvist and J.V. Svensony create the soot-free kerosene stove and name it Primus
  • 1897 - In an attempt to reach the North Pole, the Andree expedition takes along a Primus stove
  • Late 19th Century - Primus gets its first logo
  • 1908 - A new primus factory opens called the Lilla Essingen
  • 1911 - Ronald Amundsen packs a Primus stove and becomes the first person to reach the South Pole
  • 1930s to 1950s - Primus develop LPG cylinders, LPG stoves, and LPG lanterns
  • 1950 - Primus starts production in Hagfors
  • 1953 - The first people reach the Mount Everest summit and prepared their food using a primus stove.
  • 1960 - The Primus logo is adjusted and changed to an oval shape
  • 1978 - Primus develop gas burners for African countries to help the environment by reducing the amount of wood used for cooking.
  • 1995 - Primus open a new factory in Estonia
  • 1996 - Primus invent a MultiFuel stove - the first ever stove that can use LP gas, white gas, kerosene and aviation fuel
  • 2006 - PrimeTech stoves are released, featuring double the efficiency of a conventional stove
  • 2011 - The award-winning Primus OmniLite Ti is released
  • 2013 - With the use of new burning technology, Primus launch their smallest stove system ever, the Lite stove.
  • 2014 - 2016 - The range of Primus CampFire and winter gas is released alongside their first new logo in 50 years
  • 2017 - The first regulated hose stove sets arrive that are suitable for year-round weather conditions in the form of the award-winning Primus PrimeTech.

New Primus Factory

With the growing demand from outdoor enthusiasts Primus had to open a new factory in 1999 in Tartu, Estonia in order to keep up with it. Primus is the only remaining stove manufacturer who produces its stoves in Europe because they have such a big commitment to the highest quality products.

Primus’ research and development facility allow them to internally conduct every step, from the initial design all the way to production. Quality control and products testing is taken very seriously with Primus stoves, this involves firing up each and every one before they leave the factory.

Primus stoves and accessories are not limited to those on arctic expeditions or climbing Everest, they are suitable for both big and small adventures. Primus want you to enjoy your time in the outdoors no matter where or what you do.

Primus production & quality control

Primus stoves: invented in Sweden, made in Europe. Because Primus know that you the customer demand the highest quality products, they continue to reinvest into their in-house R&D. This allows them to design and produce equipment that will withstand the most extreme conditions and a lifetime of adventures.

The first step begins in the test lab of Primus’ headquarters in Solna, Stockholm. This is the playground for Primus’ research and development team. There you will find them testing prototype products using various simulators and tools in all kinds of conditions. Each and every product undergoes the same process which results in many returns to the drawing board, as many times as it takes to get the perfect end product. All of this happens before a prototype Primus stove is tested out in the field.

Manufacturing durable products

As previously mentioned, the production of Primus camping stoves was moved to a neighboring country - Estonia. They decided this was the best location because it is just a short distance from Stockholm and it has a historical tradition of craftsmanship. Before final assembly, every Primus stove goes through three pairs of hands and then they have to withstand a final test. This test consists of checking for leaks and lighting each stove to make certain they burn with an optimum flame. This is why you may see some tarnishes on your new Primus stove, this assures you that it’s in perfect working order and ready to accompany you on a lifetime of adventures Primus calls this “Exploration Ready”.

Primus Fuel Efficiency

Do you know the efficiency rate of a conventional stove? It’s just 40%, which means more than half of your energy disappears into thin air. Primus PrimeTech stoves have an efficiency rate that's almost double that therefore running your Primus stove will be lighter on your wallet, you won’t need to carry as much fuel and you can cook faster.

How does Primus achieve an efficiency rate of almost 80%? It’s actually a combination of 3 innovations:

  • The burner is optimised for use with Primus’ new generations of pots that feature heat exchangers
  • The windshield protects the flame
  • The heat exchanger that is built into the pot absorbs heat much better than a conventional pan/pot

If you’re an adventurer, when it comes to cooking, Primus stoves and Primus gas should be your products of choice.

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