any one have a primus hot water system

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any one have a primus hot water system

Postby J`CRUISER » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:22 pm

just trying to see individual experience with the primus hot water system.

i just bought one of these
http://www.4x4store.com.au/Primus-Porta ... 68531.html

For $200 new in box. i have been looking for one for a bit due to the wife wanting a few creature comforts.
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Postby Komodo » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:51 pm

Not yet but interested to hear reports back on how it goes.
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Postby CCC » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:46 pm

I have been looking for one of those for ages ....
How did you get it so cheap ....
I have been told that the metal ones such as the one in the link are better as you can replace parts than with the new plastic ones Primus have just bought out .
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Postby J`CRUISER » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:00 pm

won in on evilbay. :grin: no bids on original auction contacted the seller, a bit of negotiating, he posted it up as a buy it now for $199, i clicked the buy it now and he will be sending it my way.
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Postby CCC » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:45 pm

damn ... you got a bargain there ... does he sell others or was it a one off ?
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Postby J`CRUISER » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:28 pm

it was a once off private seller. i could not beleve it myself. i was actually watching the item but forgot about its end time. the next morning i rememberd that it was finishing the night before so i checked my account and seen that it did not get one bid. so i contacted the seller and made the deal. going away on the 2nd march weather permitting so i will report back with its performance.
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Postby will_deness » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:25 pm

There is another, not new in box tho. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Primus-LPG-Hot-W ... dZViewItem
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Postby CCC » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:14 pm

J`CRUISER wrote: going away on the 2nd march weather permitting so i will report back with its performance.


looking forward to the results :armsup
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Postby CCC » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:19 pm

will_deness wrote:There is another, not new in box tho. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Primus-LPG-Hot-W ... dZViewItem


ohhhhhh I'll keep an eye on that one thanx will_deness :armsup
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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:06 pm

J`CRUISER wrote:just trying to see individual experience with the primus hot water system.

i just bought one of these
http://www.4x4store.com.au/Primus-Porta ... 68531.html

For $200 new in box. i have been looking for one for a bit due to the wife wanting a few creature comforts.


It will be interesting to see what you think of it.
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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby Redback » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:48 am

I've had some experience with these units, we were camped in the Watagans for a few days and one our friends bought one for his camper trailer, we decided to setup a shower for anyone to use (BYO water) this was his first time at using it.

They are a pain, if you stop the flow of water the pilot light goes out and you have to restart it, if the flow is too fast it becomes too cool and if it's too slow it's too hot, but you can't get it to flow at the right speed and shower at the same time, it was a 2 man/woman job.

You can't operate it properly by yourself, you need someone to help.

At the time we were looking at showers ourself and it looked the goods, but after using my mates one we decided against it.

One of the best shower units we ever used was a Helton vehicle shower, but it wouldn't work in our new car.

We have a Bosch hot water system in the camper, it works pretty good.

The other option is the Coleman hot water on demand units, from all accounts they work well.

If you can fit a vehicle shower in your car, get one, they do work well.

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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby snake_dr » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:27 pm

A friend of mine that comes out with me regularly has one as well, and like the previous post he tried to take it back unsuccessfully. Pilot light is always going out, gusting winds on a beach make it 10 times harder, and its definitely a two man unit. The water temp seems to fluctuate and you need someone outside to control the temp, turn it off and on, and also restart the pilot.

The last time out at Andrew Drynan they ended up using a $20 battery operated unit in a bucket we use.
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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby Komodo » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:34 am

20L paint drum (got hundreds of them here at work) and a cheap 6V battery powered shower & pump. Works a dream stick the 20L drum near the fire till it gets to a reasonable temp then take it off to the area your having showers and away you go! plus you can use the space inside the drum for storage when your travelling.

Only problem with it is when you dont have a fire - in which case im normally in a place where proper shower facilities are available.

Admittedly I'd still like a primus or coleman style heater but meh
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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby J`CRUISER » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:24 pm

it seems to work well and it has stopped us needing to boil up the pot which can be a pain with all 6 of us camping.
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Re: any one have a primus hot water system

Postby Ricklanga » Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:22 pm

I have a Coleman. Use your Primus (or Coleman) to heat a drum of water till nice and hot, then switch it off and use one of those 12v showers to wash with. Very efficient & much faster than heating with a fire.
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