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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Primus stove

Accession no.: N: 1191
Object name: Primus stove
Title: Primus stove
Description: A Primus stove in seven parts: the burner, cooking ring (which doesn’t appear to be original to the stove), burner ring, three supporting legs, and a separate metal box. The Primus was made by B.A. Hjorth & Co. of Sweden, and was used on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery).
Classified name:
SPRI theme expedition equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 683.94 : 643.35
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT stoves
Number of items: 7
Full description:

A primus stove made of metal, and consisting of a fuel tank with a bellied base, a pump (used to pressurise the tank) and air screw (used to release pressure from the tank), above which is a rising tube, spirit cup and burner assembly. A removable cooking ring (b) sits above the burner on three support legs (detachable). The fuel tank is attached to the legs lower down; thus the base of the tank does not sit on the ground. The Primus is marked with the name of the manufacturer and 'Made in Sweden' in several places (these inscriptions are in English) and 'Sole makers of the genuine apparatus' in English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.

  • Height: 185mm, diameter: 215mm
Associated person(s):
  • : Ferrar, Hartley Travers ( - )
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used by: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)