First look_ primus tupike for the campground gourmet

Oak slates adorning a stainless steel case hint at the luxe design of the Tupike, an upgrade from the common camp stove. How to prepare salmon steaks Our reviewer said the Primus stove is among the best he’s used for cooking in camp.

If your campsite is regularly filled with the aroma of gourmet cooking, you want a stove that can match your knife skills and live up to your recipes. Cooking a salmon fillet The Primus Tupike is just that stove.


The Primus Tupike ($230) is a car (or canoe) camping stove that came to market summer 2016. How to cook salmon without skin It weighs in at about 9 pounds, so while you could carry it on a short hike, it’s not for backpacking. Salmon oven cooking time Primus Tupike cooking salmon and mac and cheese

But when weight isn’t an issue, and you’ve got a cooler of fine foods to prepare, this stove is a solid choice. How to prepare salmon fillet I put it to a quick test in the backyard for this first look. Oven baked salmon with lemon Primus Tupike: Water Boil Test

The Tupike has two 7,000 BTU burners with piezo igniters. Oven roasted salmon fillet I hooked up a partially exhausted propane canister and fired one up under a liter of water.

On full power, the Tupike brought the liter of water to a boil in a covered pot in four minutes. Oven cook salmon fillet The test was done in Denver, the Mile High City, at 5,280 feet. How to cook salmon fillet in a pan Primus Tupike: Simmer Review

Water boiling, why not make lunch? I dropped in a box of Annie’s mac and cheese and turned down the burner very low. Oven baked salmon fillets The simmer control was impressive, bringing the covered pot to a very low boil and maintaining it easily.

But mac and cheese wasn’t going to cut it for a test subject. Oven cook salmon fillets It was time to bust out some protein. Cooking salmon with skin on Camp Stove Wild Salmon Test

With a buddy visiting, I decided to cook up the wild king salmon I’d caught out of Ship Creek in Anchorage, Alaska, this summer for a treat.

The Tupike comes with a small non-stick griddle plate, so I fired up the second burner and tossed some salmon on it, skin down.

I underestimated the power of the burner and got the plate a little too hot at first. How to cook salmon with skin on But I caught my mistake as the salmon skin started to sizzle and brought the flame down to medium-low. Grilling salmon with skin on Even with a slight scorch on the outside of the skin, and no oil used on the griddle, the salmon didn’t stick. Cook salmon fillet oven King Salmon cooked on the Primus Tupike’s included griddle

I flipped it briefly to put some sear marks on the fillets. Whole salmon fillet recipes The salmon easily released from the griddle. Cooking frozen salmon fillets The scent in my back yard was enticing.

Lunch was ready in about 15 minutes. Baked whole salmon fillet Primus Tupike: Camp Stove Review

This stove, sent over by Primus, worked beautifully in this early test. Recipe for baked salmon fillet It seems to be a great choice for those who value a high-quality cooking surface at the campground.

Its stainless steel body is reinforced with oak lathes, which look cool and may (as the company claims) help protect the stove from dings.

It runs on gas canisters, and has an adapter so it can use either standard “green cans” or the smaller types used by stoves like Pocket Rockets. Cooking salmon fillets in oven Primus Tupike

It has small wind screens on the side, and while it wasn’t windy in this early test, I’m skeptical. Cooking salmon steaks in oven They seem a little small, and there is some space below the screens that may allow wind to blow through. How to cook a salmon steak That is the one potential flaw I found with the stove.

At $230, the Tupike is a fairiy high-end stove. Baking a salmon fillet Compared with some others I’ve tested in this price range, it’s among the best I’ve used. Recipe for baked salmon fillets The simmer is exceptional, and the piezo sparkers work perfectly with very little pressure.

Overall, this seems like a great choice for serious camp cooks who want a stove that will last. Baking salmon fillets in oven The heavy brass gas fittings appear durable, and the flexible metal gas hose is permanently attached, nesting nicely in the bottom of the stove for storage.

I expect this stove will last campers many years and prepare hundreds of meals in its lifetime. Baked salmon fillets Primus Tupike Griddle, ready for easy cleanup

Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. Bake salmon fillet in oven He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. How to bake salmon fillet Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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