Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Camping Equipment and all Clothing

Camping Equipment and all Clothing Tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc. Riding clothing, boots, helmets, what to wear when not riding, etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 7 Apr 2006
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 602
Primus Omnifuel - diesel stove?!

I've just browsed through the catalogue of one of the local camping shops and seen the Primus Omnifuel stove, which the catalogue boasts "...will burn on virtually any type of fuel including petrol, diesel and even aviation fuel."

Now I'm not about to race down and buy one (not at £114.99 anyway), but the idea of a stove which runs on the same fuel as my Toyo sounds good - too good to be true I suspect.

Has anyone ever used one of these contraptions? I can only imagine it (when running on diesel) to be a fickle, dirty, smelly piece of kit... but I'm intrigued.

Any experience of these would be... interesting.



[This message has been edited by danielsprague (edited 07 April 2006).]
4.5 years around Eurasia in a Toyota Hilux|http://eurasiaoverland.wordpress.com/
Pictures Here|https://picasaweb.google.com/113619413612674951960
Reply With Quote
Old 26 Apr 2006
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 296
I've got one of these and they do what they say on the tin. You get 2 nozzles , one for petrol and low flash point fuels and another for diesel. I haven't tried mine on diesel but normal leaded or unleaded petrol works fine but your pots get a bit black so I imagine that diesel would compound this. When burning they sound a bit like a mini F16 jet fighter but are very efficient and boil up quickly at all temperatures and altitudes. Mine only cost about half what you have been quoted - I think I paid about 60 pounds for it a year back . I got it from Les at traveldri (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/leslie.madge/index.html) I don't see them listed on his website but I am sure he'll give you a price if you email him for some info.
I rate these as a great little stove, not cheap but efficient and compact.
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Apr 2006
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Pennsylvania,USA
Posts: 107
Multi fuel stoves

I have used my MSR International 600 liquid fuel stove for over ten years with no major problems. These types of stoves come with two different jets. One is for white gas, petrol, etc., the other larger jet for diesel fuel. The diesel fuel does not give the most effecient flame do to the impurities in diesel, but will work. I have used every type of liquid fuel avaliable with the exception of aviation fuel. They have all worked well for cooking and boiling water. As above the white gas, (Coleman fuel) or petrol works the best, providing the most effecient flame. I have even used stoddard solvent a few times. MSR, Primus and Coleman all make an excellent multi fuel stove. There are a few different designs of the stoves, but definitely reccommend a multi fuel type.
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jun 2006
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Auckland
Posts: 13
Primus Omnifuel

I bought the Primus Omnifuel in Kathmandu for NZ$150 (GBP 50). I have had several gas stoves but had trouble finding canisters (It seems that there isn't a camping shop in Egypt or India). Also problems taking a Coleman multi-fuel stove on aeroplanes. The airlines get all paranoid because they can smell petrol even when the tank is full of water. I wash out the Primus fuel bottle with detergent and leave some in there so all they smell is lemon-fresh. Haven't tried diesel either.
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Jun 2006
Wheelie's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oslo, Norway
Posts: 457
I own a Primus Omnifuel. I've never run diesel on it. Even though it can run on it, it is probably one of the least favourable fuels you can use.

I've placed a post here regarding different types of fuel: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...obsolete-21665

As for aviation fuel, this is pretty much the same as Kerosene/Parraffin, and works wonderfully... but a little bit more smokey than for instance lamp parraffin.
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Jun 2006
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 1,036
I've used an MSR XKG Shaker-Jet multi-fuel stove, again can be run on anything, less maintenance than my whisperlite 600 (but heavier). The XKG works well, even at altitude, but for bike trips I like my whisperlite - lightweight, works on leaded or unleaded fuel (just like my bike so always have fuel), and with a small spares kit will go for years and years
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Feb 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 1
Running Omnifuel on petrol for extended period

I rushed out and bought the Primus Omnifuel in a fit of enthusiasm, then read Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycle Handbook. He questions the ability of what he calls "red bottle jobs" to run for extended periods of time on petrol.

I'm going to be using the stove regularly for 5 months through Africa, and was wondering if anyone had experienced problems running the Omnifuel on petrol for this length of time? Especially with the poor quality leaded petrol they have in Africa?
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Feb 2007
Crusty's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Herts, UK
Posts: 220
I used the MSR XKG stove on a six month trip round Australia. I didn't use it every day but it had a lot of use and performed faultlesly. Never used anything other than unleaded, a bit sooty but burned good and hot. The only bad point is the flame's not very controlable, a bit all or nothing, but I believe the Primus is better in this respect. That said, if I was to run a stove solely on petrol again, I think I'd go for the Coleman 533 for simplicity. The MSR is a bit of a faff to put together and a bit awkward on rough ground. It's not a big deal, just a bit hassly. If you don't need the multi-fuel capability I'd go with the 533.
Beware the dark, mechanical bird.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Feb 2007
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,366
I've the coleman 442 stove .. not desile but unleaded.
It will make teh pots black if youput them straight on after it statarts up. If you wait 30 seconds or so then you can keep clean(er) pots. Don't think desile would burn any worse than leaded petrol (avgas is 10 times the lead of leaded petrol). Just leat it heat up before you put the pot on.

I have a MSR XKG thingy - and that is on or off, the coleman 442 is much better at controlling the heat. Might not get as hot for a quick boil for tea.
Regards Frank Warner
motorcycles BMW R80 G/S 1981, BMW K11LT 1993, BMW K75 G/S
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Mar 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hollywood, Northern Ireland, UK
Posts: 64
Military Dielsel stoves

Can't comment on your particular stove but the British army uses diesel stoves, (similar to the old Optimus Hunter in a box) so we don't have to carry petrol and deisel.

start them with a preheating paste and they are a bit smelly but burn very hot.
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Mar 2007
Hindu1936's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Yongin, South Korea
Posts: 327
I bought one of the first MSR multi-fuels and have used it without trouble for several years. Never ran diesel but have used leaded, unleaded, kerosene without a problem. Don't think the model I have ever said I could use diesel, so never tried it. Buy an unpainted aluminum bottle. Use it for your fuel. In most of Europe they won't sell you fuel if it is not red. Buy a piece of red artist paper, the shiny kind and children's glue. When you get through the airports, put the paper on the bottle. Time to leave, take off the paper and give it a rinse, fill it with cola and drink some of it in front of them. Very touchy about it in the UK and now I suppose the states since you can't ever carry mouthwash in the original bottle.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:31.