It all started in a small blacksmith workshop in central Stockholm back in 1892, when F.W. Lindqvist and J.V. Svenson created the world’s first soot-free kerosene stove! As it was the first, they decided to call it Primus (meaning first).
The name became synonymous with reliable stoves and the stoves became the primary choice for people heading off on both first ascents and demanding expeditions. One of the milestone adventures was when Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911. Another milestone is the one of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary at Mount Everest in 1953, making them the first people to reach the summit.
Our search for improved technologies and smart solutions has never stopped. It’s our passion for the outdoors and technical expertise that is the secret behind every one of these innovations and we put a lot of focus on creating environmentally friendly, easy to use and lightweight products.
The outdoor community kept growing and growing and in 1999 we opened the doors to our factory in Tartu, Estonia in order to meet the demand. Our commitment to guarantee the highest quality standard products ‘made in Europe’ continues to be key in the production. To date, Primus remains the only stove manufacturer who still produces its stoves in Europe. Each step, from initial design through to production is done internally in the R&D facility as well as out in the field. Every single product undergoes extensive testing and intense quality control procedures, which involves firing up each and every stove, before they leave the factory. We do this to ensure that all stoves become a truly reliable, life-long companion.
Our products are not in any ways limited to those who climb the highest mountains, enter hostile Polar regions or discover the most remote areas you can imagine. We believe in both big and small adventures and thus, our innovations also consist if your of everyday stove, lantern or accessory. We want you to enjoy your time outdoors. No matter where you are, no matter what you do!
“When we create new products it’s based on a genuine love, passion and respect for the outdoors and respect for nature. Drawing on our 125 years of experience, technical expertise, first class engineering and use of sustainable materials we continue to produce products that are a truly reliable, life-long companion. There are exciting times ahead as we continue to ‘keep the flame burning’.”
It makes us very excited to know that yet today, we’re known for our reliable, safe and innovative products. Products that make people go out more and that brings a culinary touch to their outdoor adventures, both big and small.