It has been prime run-camping weather this summer. Some may argue that ANY time is perfect for that, but I am a fair-weather individual in this sphere. It’s really an experience to set up a tent camp, head out on any number of Oregon trails, then return back to camp and do it all over again the next day.
There are a few necessary items when doing this – outside of running gear. Obviously a tent and comfortable sleeping gear is necessary. But in order to keep putting in the miles, you need to stay fueled. Unless you are just planning to eat granola bars all weekend, having a portable stove is necessary to either make a meal – or at least boil water for a ready-made meal-in-a-bag. We recently checked out the Kinjia Camping Stove from Primus and think it checks all our boxes.
Primus is a renowned outdoor equipment company that has been providing adventurers with reliable and innovative products for over a century. They specialize in manufacturing camping stoves, lanterns, cookware, and other camping essentials. With their commitment to quality and durability, Primus has established itself as a trusted brand among outdoor enthusiasts.
The Kinjia Camping Stove from Primus is pretty compact and lightweight stove. It won’t take up much space in your backpack or car, and weighs just over 8 pounds (not counting the propane you will need).
The two-burner design allows for cooking multiple dishes simultaneously, or in my case cooking multiple dishes poorly at the same time. While you may not need this if you are by yourself, it is particularly convenient when you’re run-camping with friends or family (which you should do if you are in the woods) and need to whip up a delicious meal for everyone. It would also prove handy if you are needing something cooked quickly vs. a slow simmer. It takes under 5 minutes to get a liter of water to a boil.
I do still wish this stove had some windshields. If you have ever tried camping near the Oregon Coast, you know that the relatively consistent windy conditions can really make lighting a pain in the butt. We expect the Kinjia to do its part and believe the windshields were cut out in order to keep the Kinjia light and small. But the missing of the windshields is a tradeoff you have to consider.
While the visuals and purpose are simple in nature, the construction is not. It is a well-made stove that seems like it will hold up to the unavoidable wear and tear that comes with camping. There is a wooden handle along the front that locks things into place and can serve as a handle to move from location to location.
The stainless-steel pot supports are removeable, as is the stainless-steel drip tray, making cleaning MUCH easier. The last thing I feel like doing after camping is spending time cleaning everything – so any assistance on this front is super welcome.
We’d probably recommend investing a Carry Bag. It adds a little to the cost, but makes storage and lugging around via a shoulder much easier. It also provides a little more protection when its not in use.
For runners like me who love getting out into the wilderness and/or camping in any way – the Kinjia is a must-have item. Its compact size and lightweight design make it ideal for packing in your car. Shoot, if you are doing a backcountry race – have this at the ready to REALLY enjoy a hot meal afterwards.