When I saw the new Primus Omnilite Titanium multifuel stove on sale at LD Mountain Centre for £122 delivered, I badly weakened and pressed 'Buy'.
The standard Omnifuel is the same price from lots of vendors and I've seen them sell on Ebay secondhand for nearly that price. A bargain I thought, the RRP is £175 and I can't find them anywhere else for less than £150 odd.
As quite a few of us on here are into stoves and may also be thinking of getting decent multifuel, doing a review of the brand spanking, shiny shiny Titanium burner seemed the thing to do.
My Omnifuel history;
After reading many reviews and taking advice on which stove to take on the BCUK Arctic course in March 2012, the standard Omnifuel seemed the best of the bunch overall. The ability to simmer well was the clincher, so I bought one off Ebay second hand in great condition.
I've been using it since last August and took it to the arctic in March, using it in a Trangia 27 set with a homemade stainless adaptor. I'm very happy with it but the weight and bulk of the thing are prohibitive to me using it outside of the winter and in the boat, which made the lightweight ti version seem attractive.
Anyway, enough of the waffle, heres the new bling Omnilite Ti;
Inside the box; Burner Unit, pump, 350ml bottle, aluminium foil windshield, 0.32mm white gas and 0.25mm diesel jets, carry bag, multitool, silicon grease.
Everything is the same, except for the redesigned burner, slightly different pump and different carry bag.
Omnilite Ti burner.
Folded flat, LMF spork for scale. It packs much smaller than the Omnifuel
Side by side with the (used) Omnifuel.
The biggest difference is with the size of the outer aspirating cup.
A similar weight to many remote gas feed burners, but can also burn many other fuels.
The new pump(red), old pump (black)
The only difference is the slightly smaller valve cap assembly and new brass fuel pickup.
They are both the same weight and seem identical. Proper metal pumps.
Tiny 350ml fuel bottle.
1L Primus bottle
Old battered Sigg 1L bottle, only 20g more than the new 350ml bottle.
Different spider assembly makes it less bulky when packed. One arm is neatly captivated by the fuel line junction. The Omnifuel has 3 pivoting legs, the Omni lite only needs 2 legs to move.
The Omnilite Ti running on full blast. 0.32 mm jet with Aspen 4 alkylate petrol. Note the off centre burner cup.
The flame smells slightly cleaner, and is more blue (probably becuase there is no food spilt in the burner cup to alter the colour )
It burns cleanly and consistently, just as good as the Omnifuel and simmers well. Full marks here.
The Omnifuel at full tilt. 0.37mm jet with Aspen 4.
The flame appears slighlty bigger.
According to Primus, the new Omnilite is more efficient than the Omnifuel. It is less powerful (400watts less) at 2600 watts. This is still plenty and won't cause any issues for me IMO.
The jets that supply the fuel to the burner cup are smaller, maybe accounting for some of its greater efficiency.
The roarer plate is slightly redesigned, being smaller and with a cup. It seems to preheat more quicly.
It appears that air can enter the inner cup more easily, having re-designed holes.
As I noted above, the burner cup is off centre. This won't affect the stove much, if anything at all. At this price though and with Primus's reputation, I expect it to be reasonably straight. The box hasn't had an impact and it seems to have left the factory like this. I'll speak to Primus and see what they say.
Is it worth the extra money?
Time will tell. I suspect that its not if its going to be used in a Trangia set. On its own, then I think that the much smaller pack size, weight and efficiency will definitley make it worth the extra over the standard stove. It feels solid, relies on much the same parts as the old one and so I have trust in it.
Its time to properly use it now and I'll report back when its done a winters cooking and done a couple of longer summer trips.