Primus Kinjia Review
Cons: No windscreen, fuel stand is separate and could get lost, attachment for fuel hose is flimsy
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|Pros||Compact, flexible fuel hose, easy to clean, excellent simmer||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance||Three burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||No windscreen, fuel stand is separate and could get lost, attachment for fuel hose is flimsy||Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durable||Awkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistance||Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)||No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots|
|Bottom Line||Slim and sleek, this stove is small but beautifully built and it simmers like a dream||A wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design||Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested||This is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price|
|Rating Categories||Primus Kinjia||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Time to Boil (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease of Care (15%)|
|Specs||Primus Kinjia||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||8.1 lbs||13.97 lbs||13.32 lbs||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||10,200||20,000||Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||8 min 30 sec||3 min 25 sec||7 min 55 sec||13 min||6 min 25 sec|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||4 min 15 sec||3 min 17 sec||3 min 39 sec||4 min 30 sec||4 min 45 sec|
|Cooktop Material||Painted steel||Nickel-coated steel||Stainless steel||Enamel Coated Steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||18.5" x 11.75" x 3.5"||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||23" x 12.75" x 4.3"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||17.25" x 6"||21" x 9.5"||19.5" x 9.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Burner/Flame Diameter||2"||4.75"||4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner)||2.875"||3.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||9"||12.25"||7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer)||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||2||2||3||1||2|
|Type of Model||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Primus Kinjia is well-built and makes it easy to cook your camp meals in style. While it is not the burliest or most powerful stove in our review, if your camp kitchen needs are simple and moderately sized, this is a great, if pricey, stove to consider.
Time to Boil
The Kinjia does okay boiling water despite having small burners and lower BTUs. It boiled a quart of water in 4:15 with little-to-no wind present. There are better times in our review, but the fact that the 2" burners were able to do this well is a testament to good design and execution.
No surprise, this isn't the best stove for wind resistance. With only 7,000 BTUs per burner and no windscreen, the Kinjia struggles here. That said, it still performs decently due to its compact design. For our box fan test, where we set up a large fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and then timed how long it took to boil a quart of water, this model landed right about in the middle with a time of 8:30. What's interesting is that it fared better than other models with windscreens and more power. Design can compensate for BTUs, as this example shows us.
The Kinjia has very user-friendly knobs, and it simmers with ease. The flame is hard to see when it's turned down low, but the ability to fine-tune and feel confident with accurate flame control is excellent. The small two-inch burners do create a bit of a hot spot in the center of cookware, particularly with thinner pans, but for most meals, this isn't a problem. You will need to keep a lighter handy for this stove, as it does not have an auto-ignition system.
Ease of Set Up
Of all the models we tested, this is one of the easier stoves to set up. Its sturdy wooden handle simply rotates up to unlock and open the lid. Fuel setup is a breeze, with a flexible fuel line already attached to the body of the stove and which stows neatly on the underside. The stove comes with a special stand to set the neck of your fuel canister on to keep it at the proper angle. This design allows you much more flexibility as to where you place your fuel bottle. While we like this setup, we do have a few minor concerns.
First, the head of the fuel adaptor fits into a small recess and is held in place with a thin elastic band. We didn't have any problems with this while testing the stove, but it seems very likely that this band could break after extended and continued use. This will leave the fuel line just hanging off the stove with no way to hold it in place. Second, the stand for the fuel bottle is a separate piece that can easily get lost, leaving you with no good way to keep your fuel bottle at the proper 45-degree angle. And last, the lid on our particular model stuck easily and was quite hard to pry open. This could be an anomaly of the one stove we used, or it could be something that would loosen up over time. None of these were major issues, and if you take good care of your stove, we think you will be fine — these are just differences from a more traditional design model that we thought worth mentioning.
Ease of Care
The Kinjia is one of the easiest stoves in our test suite to clean. The grate lifts off, and the drip tray underneath can also be removed entirely. This is one of the only stoves we tested with a removable drip tray, meaning that no matter how much spaghetti sauce you boil over or how many food bits get dropped below the burner, you will always be able to return the stove to a brand new sparkly clean.
The Kinjia is one of our top picks for packed size with measurements of 18.5 x 11.75 x 3.5 inches. It has a thin and sleek design that's both attractive and functional, and we love the incorporated handle for carrying. A fair question to ask yourself, though, is how important it is to save a little bit of space when you're car camping? Is five inches more space in the back of your car worth the sacrifice of not being able to use two large skillets? Only you can answer that question for yourself. A 10-inch skillet on one burner of this stove leaves the other side feeling quite constricted. Our testers were pretty unanimous in feeling that the extra 3-5 inches of width on many of the other compact models we tested is worth it when you consider how much more power, space, and versatility you get.
This stove is pricey and best suited for someone who values form as much as functionality. No doubt about it, it's a sexy stove. It's light, compact, and beautiful to look at, but is that worth extra money to you? Other models in our review are cheaper but include windscreens and have more power, a wider cooking area, and bigger burners. Value is subjective, so there's no shame if this stove is worth the extra money to you, and we think it might be a wonderful gift for a stylish new camper. But for your more serious eaters and anyone on a budget, it probably doesn't make sense.
The Kinjia is a compact and well-designed stove that sets up and packs down easily and simmers like a dream. For the right situations, it's a lovely stove. Even though it has small burners, no windscreen, and only 7,000 BTUs per burner, it boils pretty efficiently. It's a smart, solid design. But it's quite expensive and doesn't offer the power or space of many of the other compact two-burners we tested.
— Penney Garrett
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