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Primus PrimeTech 2.3L Pot Set Review

Efficiency oriented, with an excellent foundation for the practical, hearty cooking, enthusiastic user
primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review
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Price:  $105 List | $94.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Sturdy construction and efficiency-oriented heat exchanger ring, locking universal pot gripper
Cons:  Heavy, especially for a kit that requires addition of other features, heat exchanger ring is a little messy
Manufacturer:   Primus
By Amber King & Jediah Porter  ⋅  Aug 31, 2022
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#5 of 19
  • Cooking Performance - 35% 9.0
  • Packability - 10% 6.0
  • Durability - 15% 6.0
  • Weight - 10% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9.0
  • Features - 15% 4.0

Our Verdict

The main pot of the Primus PrimeTech 2.3L Set is one of the best single pots of any set we evaluated. Between the lid, the handle, the nonstick coating, and the heat-exchanging rings, this is the most sophisticated and high-performing pot we've used; it is only enhanced by the accessory pot and the insulated cozy/carry bag. It doesn't include additional features, but if you are looking for maximum performance, you won't mind the process of securing your own accessories. This excellent pot is a perfect option for car camping, backpacking, and even bivys in the cold, alpine conditions of Alaska.

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Pros Sturdy construction and efficiency-oriented heat exchanger ring, locking universal pot gripperDurable, excellent frying pan for discerning cooks, great lid, great value for the setSuper fast water boiling, very nonstick, dishes and silverware for two, mindfully designedEnvironmental and health-friendly ceramic construction, lightweight and versatile overall constructionSuper durable, simple design, inexpensive, great for meats, fast boiling time
Cons Heavy, especially for a kit that requires addition of other features, heat exchanger ring is a little messyHeavy, no non-stick coatingNo frying pan, not ideal for larger groupsFragile coating and pots dent easily, no features beyond two basic potsLimited cooking options, hot spots while cooking
Bottom Line Efficiency oriented, with an excellent foundation for the practical, hearty cooking, enthusiastic userA high value camping set, optimized for performance and compact carry, at a high weightA top-tier backpacking set that heats efficiently and offers enough room for a stove and a fuel canister to fit insideFor gourmet and health-conscious campers, this set will form the foundation or three to four campersA super durable stainless steel cook set designed for the solo traveller
Rating Categories Primus PrimeTech 2.... Stanley Adventure B... GSI Outdoors Pinnac... MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set GSI Outdoors Glacie...
Cooking Performance (35%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
Packability (10%)
6.0
4.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
6.0
10.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
Weight (10%)
8.0
4.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Ease of Use (15%)
9.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Features (15%)
4.0
10.0
6.0
3.0
5.0
Specs Primus PrimeTech 2.... Stanley Adventure B... GSI Outdoors Pinnac... MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set GSI Outdoors Glacie...
Measured Weight 1.6 lbs 4.8 lbs 1.4 lbs 1 lbs 1.0 lbs
Material Aluminum Stainless Steel; pot and pan bottoms have additional layers Hard-anodized Aluminum w/Non-Stick Coating Hard-anodized Aluminum Stainless Steel
Components 2 2.3L pots, 1 lid, pot tongs, padded/insulated storage bag 3.5L pot, vented lid, 7" 3ply frying pan, cutting board, spatula with extending handle, serving spoon with extending handle, ⁴ 6in plates, ⁴ 22oz bowls, ⁴ sporks, dish drying rack, heat resistant trivet, locking bungee 1.8 L Pot, Strainer Lid, 2 20 fl. oz. Mugs w/ Insulated Sleeves, 2 20 fl. oz. Bowls, 2 Sip-It Tops, 2 Folding Foons, Welded Sink 2L pot, 1.5L pot, strainer lid, 2 plates, 2 mugs, handle 1L pot, 1 folding handle frypan, bowl, 1 cup, 1 stuff sack
Avg Boil Time (mins) 3.12 4.12 1.3 3.58 3.05
3L Pot? (>2.4L) 0 1 0 0 0
2L Pot? (1.5-2.4L) 2 0 1 1 0
1L Pot? (.5-1.4L) 0 0 0 0 1
Frying Pan? 0 1 0 0 1
Frying Pan Lid? N/a No N/a N/a No
Packed Size 7.9 x 5.3 in 11 x 6 x 11 in 5.9 x 6.4 x 5.9 in 5.3 x 7.8 in 6.7 x 6.6 x 3.5 in
Weight of Pot Closest to 1.5L (With Lid and Handle) 0.9 lbs 1.9 lbs 0.7 lbs 0.5 lbs 0.74 lbs
Cooking Surfaces Non-Stick Coating Stainless Steel Hard-Anodized, Non-Stick Coating One Non-Stick Pot (1.5L), One Uncoated Pot (2.5L) 18/8 Stainless Steel

Our Analysis and Test Results

The two pots that make up this cook set are solid and clean, and their performance is excellent, with only proven "bells and whistles". Of the cook sets we tested that include efficiency-enhancing "heat exchanging" fins, the Primus pot is a little less efficient, but the other attributes tilt the overall needle back in its direction. The whole combination is an excellent foundation for a genuinely high-end camp kitchen. For true aficionados of camp cooking, those that demand carefully selected equipment for preparing excellent food with ease and enjoyment, the Primus PrimeTech is one of the best pots we've tested.

Performance Comparison


primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - we enjoy the primus cookset while at a climbing base camp in...
We enjoy the Primus Cookset while at a climbing base camp in Tensleep Wyoming. It's the perfect base to a fine front country kitchen and functions fantastically as a backcountry pot. Its defining feature is the heat exchanging ring which makes cooking more efficient.
Credit: Edward Kemper

Cooking Performance


We evaluated the cooking performance of each set of cookware on a matrix of objective tests and the subjective results of "day to day use". On this rubric, the Primus shares the top spot with just one other product. Because boiling water is the foundation of camp cooking, the results of our standardized boiling test are a big part of the overall cooking performance score.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - here we make an egg mash for breakfast, testing out its cooking...
Here we make an egg mash for breakfast, testing out its cooking performance. With its Teflon coating, it does well offering even heating throughout the pot.
Credit: Edward Kemper

The heat exchanging ring on the bottom of the Primus main pot reduces the boiling time and saves simmering fuel to a significant degree. This same pot, with its broad construction, relatively thick aluminum bottom, and excellent Teflon coating, cooked scrambled eggs remarkably well. On a stove that simmers well, the thick pot walls and the close-fitting lid even work well for backcountry baking tasks.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - the primus heat exchange ring on the bottom of the main primetech pot.
The Primus heat exchange ring on the bottom of the main PrimeTech pot.
Credit: Jediah Porter

When preparing boiled water or food, the other products we tested suffered when compared to the Primus. The difference exaggerates even further if one's camp cooking involves melting snow. In other cooking tasks, like sautéing and simmering sauces, the Primus does well too. It does not include a dedicated frying pan, but either the main pot is broad enough to suffice. Its heat exchanger ring offers one of the fastest boiling speeds (3:07 min) while the non-stick coating makes scrambling eggs a breeze.

Packability


The outer dimensions of the packed-up Primus kit are almost exactly average. The 2.3-liter pot forms the rigid outer shell of the kit, enlarged only by the lightly insulated carrying bag. The shape is also fairly average.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - we appreciate how much stuff you can pack inside! here we fit our...
We appreciate how much stuff you can pack inside! Here we fit our stove, canister, sport and many other items that we like while backpacking.
Credit: Amber King

To maximize boiling efficiency and cooking ease, a low cylinder shape is pretty standard. (The Primus is shaped this way too.) When it comes to packability, we also consider how much we can fit inside and any effect on the cookware. The two pots of the PrimeTech set nest tightly together, wasting no space. The inside of the inner pot is treated with a nonstick coating, which should be protected from whatever is placed inside. We find that a small piece of a towel is an excellent addition for pot protection and is also a worthy kitchen accessory. We were able to easily fit a small canister of fuel and a small stove inside this set-up, adding to its overall versatility.

Durability


Durability is a function of materials and metal thickness. Thicker metal is less likely to bend or warp. Steel is the strongest, followed by titanium, and then aluminum. Uncoated metals maintain their performance attributes longer.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - we clean out the pot in a local running river. this doesn't take too...
We clean out the pot in a local running river. This doesn't take too long and using plastic utensils we don't worry about damaging it. Make sure to avoid metal though as it does scratch.
Credit: Edward Kemper

Pots and pans coated with Teflon and ceramic break down with time, with the ceramic pots safely maintaining higher temperatures longer than the Teflon products. The Primus pots are aluminum with Teflon coatings. They will dent, but not as easily as some. They will lose their nonstick coatings with use and abuse. In the meantime, though, the cooking performance is worth it.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - the lid and handle combination on the primus is elegant, solid, and...
The lid and handle combination on the Primus is elegant, solid, and simple.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Weight


The overall Primus set is average, weighing 709 grams. Comparing overall cook sets, however, is problematic, as each set comes with different components and features. In our attempt to better compare products, we weighed the main pot, lid, and handle and then normalized for pot volume. For the cooking performance it demonstrates (above average), this weighted scoring is admirable.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - the heat exchanger rings of the primetech add weight, but you get...
The heat exchanger rings of the PrimeTech add weight, but you get that back if you let your fuel and stove choice reflect the greater efficiency of this pot.
Credit: Jediah Porter

That said, it is a common choice for use on lightweight missions where fuel efficiency is of most importance. The large volume of both pots allows you to cook meals for up to three people, boiling water quickly on the go. This higher volume output means using fewer resources and more value in the long run. While it's not the lightest cooking set out there, it certainly has functions in all sorts of capacities.

Ease of Use


Pots are mostly fairly simple to use, and any differences are fairly subtle. We like the locking, universal handle/gripper of the Primus set. The heat exchanger ring lends a little stability when the pot is set on narrow camp stove burners. The lid is easy to put on and off, and its plastic construction stays cool, and the lid strainer separates water from the cooked pasta. The accumulation of simple, bombproof usability attributes in the Primus PrimeTech pot set puts it near the top of the heap regarding usability. It is simple, stable, and easy to use.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - on a single burner, you need the hot holder to keep it from falling...
On a single burner, you need the hot holder to keep it from falling over. On a more stable stove though, it works beautifully.
Credit: Edward Kemper

Features


There are no extra features to speak of. The one extra that is included in the insulated "cozy" that doubles as the carry bag. While we couldn't find much use for this attribute, some will certainly like the option to insulate your heated or cooled cooking pot and its contents.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - all the components of the simple and immaculate primus primetech...
All the components of the simple and immaculate Primus PrimeTech set. Each part is carefully thought out.
Credit: Jediah Porter

It is likely a feature that you learn, over more time than we had, to incorporate into your habits and patterns. It is exactly the lack of accessories that set the Primus apart. No cook set is perfect. For high performance, high-efficiency, regular, and frequent camp cooking, connoisseurs will want to assemble their kits. For those, a basic, well-thought-out set of pots will form the backbone of a tailor-made kit. The PrimeTech doesn't have any extra parts that you will have to compromise on or have to replace.

Value


If you find cooking performance to be of value, you'll find this to be a product of great quality, despite the seemingly high price. If you prefer a spartan set-up with fewer features and better overall performance, this contender will last you a long time (when properly cared for) and perform for many years to come. Use it while car camping or backpacking.

primus primetech 2.3l pot set camping cookware review - makeup gourmet meals with this awesome pot set. it's got a great...
Makeup gourmet meals with this awesome pot set. It's got a great capacity for two-four people.
Credit: Edward Kemper

Conclusion


This Primus PrimeTech equipment is the ticket for the engaged shopper that wants the best of the best. He or she will also need to secure a frying pan, cups, plates, cutting board, and cutlery to have a complete kitchen kit. It offers amazing cooking performance, good durability, and packable design, all at a great price.

Amber King & Jediah Porter
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