Primus make great cookery gear and stoves which makes me a huge fan of them. I have a Primus Kuchoma Grill and I absolutely love it; I use it all the time and regularly use it to cook burgers, sausage and steak when at the beach or camping.
The Kinja is designed to be highly portable and carried around with you on your adventures! For a two burner stove, it is incredibly light at just 3.7kg. It is really slim as well – being less than 8cm at it’s highest point. The handle is wooden and is not only great for carrying the stove comfortably but also works well as a locking mechanism to stop the lid opening when you don’t want it to. Until you turn the handle upwards the lid is locked firmly down, but pull it upwards and the lid is un-clipped and lifts easily open.
Like the Primus Kuchoma Grill, it runs on the brilliant and lightweight Primus 100 g, 230g and 450g screw top cartridges (I personally prefer the 450g units as they are still very light but contain more than enough gas for several meals). I really like that I can use one type of canister for both my Kuchoma Grill and Kinjia stove. This makes keeping stocked up on gas a breeze.
Unlike the Kuchoma, the Kinjia doesn’t have a piezo igniter but this is easily overcome with a match or lighter. Each burner can be controlled independently and with precision by turning the two knobs on the front.
The burners are very efficient and can get your pots and pans incredibly hot, incredibly quickly. In fact this stove can boil 1 whole litre of water in as little as 4 minutes and 33 seconds. During the photographs in this review I’m cooking a really tasty and easy to make, one pot, Mexican breakfast. Whilst doing this cook, the Kinjia heated the pot in moments and browned off a diced onion and some chorizo very speedily.
Below the burners is a removable, stainless steel drip tray. This makes cleaning the Primus stove an absolute piece of cake. I really love how the frame and drip tray are removable. This makes taking them off and washing them up in a sink a doddle. I hate cleaning up outdoor cooking gear so any smart features like this are always very welcome in my mind.
When using both burners at the same time they are still very powerful and the stove can quite easily boil a kettle and cook a meal quickly at the same time. I find that the burners cope really well in windy conditions and despite not having windshields on the sides work very effectively.
To make the Mexican breakfast, after frying off the chorizo and onions, you simply add a good splodge of tomato puree, a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of baked beans. Heat this through and then add in a packet of fajita mix.
With highly accurate burner controls on the Kinjia, you can turn the stove down to just a gentle simmer which is exactly what you want to put this Mexican breakfast down to for about 10 minutes.
The best part of this Mexican breakfast is the eggs which you poach in the pot. You just make a little dip in the top of the pot for each egg and crack them in.
This meal definitely cooks best with a lid on the pot. This gets the top of the eggs cooked just right. When your eggs are poached so that the whites are cooked and the yolks are sunny then you simply dish the breakfast out into bowls. Dollop on some sour cream and sprinkle on some chopped parsley before tucking in!
In conclusion, the Primus Kinjia Stove is a really well made and super high quality two burner stove. Primus have thought hard about how to make it very portable and have done a brilliant job. The slim and light design as well as the lightweight canisters make it the perfect stove for carrying down to the beach or wherever you like to do your outdoor cooking. The Kinjia isn’t the cheapest two burner out there but I always think that you get what you pay for. Primus always make their stoves with the best materials and ensure that quality is top-notch – this means that a stove like the Kinjia is definitely an investment and something you will be using for years to come.