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The Whisperlite is a true legend from MSR. This stove will run on pretty much anything flammable - perfect for those who enjoy spontaneous missions where careful planning isn't on the agenda! The fuel bottle is not included.
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MSR Whisperlite Internationale Reviews
Reviewed by William Smith (York) on 2005-12-13:
General comments: The MSR Whisperlite Internationale is an animal of a stove. Once going, the heat output is incredible. It's ideally suited to boiling water, but I have cooked all manner of meals on it, from frying bacon to heating baked beans to whipping up a bolognaise.
First a word of warning (this applies to most MSR multifuel stoves): you should practice lighting it and if you need to cook in your tent porch, light it outside first, then move it in once it is going. The stove is self-priming which means by letting out a little fuel and lighting the fibre glass wick, the stove heats itself up to the point where the outgoing fuel is vaporised. The difficulty is letting out just enough fuel to get the stove hot enough, without letting out so much that you burn your eyebrows off. You must also learn to judge when to reopen the valve once the stove is primed.
Once the stove is going and the heat reflectors are in place, you can boil water in no time at all. I've found the sheer power of the stove means it can be used without problems in very high winds and low temperatures (I haven't used mine in really extreme cold though).
The stove packs away to almost nothing at all in the neat carry sack, which itself fits inside the MSR pot and pan sets. You obviously need to carry the fuel bottle as well, but this could perhaps be strapped to the outside of your bag.
The stove will burn almost any fuel you throw at it. Coleman white gas is best, giving the hotest flame and not dirtying the stove. However, I have happily used very dirty petrol without any problems.
For people who enjoying taking things to bits, the whisperlite can be stripped down completely to its component parts. I have found this is extremely useful for field repairs and I am yet to come across a problem with one that can't be temporarily patched up with a bit of ingenuity. The shaker jet and fuel cable cleaner mean blockages are not a problem, even when using dirty fuels.
Finally, MSR must be applauded for their excellent customer service. Both times a part has broken on my stove, they have replaced them immediately, sending replacements by registered post. In one instance, this included replacing the pump with the newer version at no cost.
Pros: Burns pretty much anything
Not as loud as some multifuel stoves
Can be stripped down completely, excellent for field repairs
Customer support/warranty from MSR is unbelievably good
Shaker jet and fuel cable cleaner
Cons: Lighting requires much practice
Old style valve offers no flame control (newer model is better)
Longer to set up than a simple gas stove
|This review has 2 comment(s):|
Mike responded : I'd agree fully with the comments about lighting the thing! I've found that by carrying a small plastic bottle of meths to preheat the stove instead of using petrol, it's far safer, easier and less messy.
The bottle I use has one of those fold-over pouring spouts which makes it very easy to pour a little into the pre-heat cup. (2009-09-17)
frank Longwill responded : don't let comments about lighting put you off its easy. I have had my mine 10 years and travel extensively with it , fuel is easy to find and cheap were ever you are itd been one of the best stoves you can buy for years. (2010-03-11)
Reviewed by Chris Chaddock (Staffordshire) on 2006-01-24:
General comments: If you like quick cups of tea and boil in the bag camping meals, the MSR Whisperlite international is the stove for you! But if you prefer to cook and simmer your outdoor delicacies then you might be as well to look elsewhere. MSR claim that you can acheive a reasonable simmer (especially with the newer pump units) by adjusting the valve on the fuel bottle but this really is a fine art. You have to adjust by millimetres at a time to acheive a reasonable simmer. Far too much faffing about when you're starving after a long day. Another criticism is that you have to prime the stove before use. If you get too much fuel in the priming cup (very easy to do) it is quite easy to cause a rather large fire and obviously it is not advised that you prime in your tent. My opinion is that it is a good stove but there are better out there. If I knew what I do know I would probably have gone for another stove.
Pros: The stove will run on just about anything that is petroleum based but I strongly recommend that you use Coleman fuel as prolonged use of unleaded can severly clog the fuel jet. If buying fuel from a garage, try and by super unleaded petrol. The stove has excellent boil time and can be folded up to fit into a small stuff sack supplied. A feature I like about the MSR stoves is the different sized fuel bottles that are available, these lend themselves to any situation and even the smallest 325ml bottles will last loads longer than a gas canister. The fuel jet is eay to clean by simply just shaking the stove after use and if anything does get clogged the stove can easily be dis-assembled. The flexible fuel pipe is also a bonus compared to other MSR stoves and gives you a more flexible approach to positioning the stove on the ground.
Cons: The time that it takes to assemble and prime the thing is a pain. So is the need to place the heat shield and wind break around the stove, and believe me they make a huge difference to the performance. As previously stated the simmer is very difficult to acheive and there is the inherent danger of burning your tent down when priming. Although quite light for a fuel stove (depending on fuel bottle) it still comes knowhere near canister stoves in terms of weight and ease of use.
Reviewed by Simon Harry (Inverness) on 2006-02-03:
General comments: I have carry two stoves with me whenever we use the car to camp anywhere. the first is a MSR pocket rocket and the second is the MSR Whisperlight International. The pocket rocket is my tea brewing stove whilst the whisperlight is the stove for anything else. The stove will light in any conditions and comes with a foil windshield to reduce windeffect when cooking. i also opted for the extra base as i do quite alot of camping in the winter and it makes the stove more stable.
Where the pocket rocket fails is during cold weather, the gas just seems very 'sluggish' coming through, the Whicperlight on the other hand works first time. You have to 'pump' up the fuel bottle the open the valve slightly to heat the jets by burning a small amount of fuel...be warned, you get a massive flame coming out so DO NOT use in a tent!!!!
Once its going it cooks great...the valve controls the fuel pretty good so you can range it from simmer to blasting..
Only concern is when you turn the stove off and need to disconnect the fuel bottle a small amount of fuel is left in the pipe...this you need to shake out which is not friendlt to the environment at all (common MSR sort this out). Pans get blackk pretty easilly also but this depends on the fuel used.....go for petrol cause its much cheaper than the MSR/COLEMAN stuff.
Not bad for ?60, mines 9 years old and still going strong... you can take it apart and maintain it yourself....
Pros: use almost any fuel, cooks in any conditions, packs away nicely in its own bag
Cons: petrol left in fuel line, nothing else
Reviewed by C.Walker (Somewhere) on 2006-02-07:
General comments: The MSR Whisperlight international has been my stove of choice for many years. it has provided me with trouble free cooking on many a walking adventure. MSR seem to lead the way in the field(!) of cookware for many more reasons than this.
Firstly the whisperlite pack down well, it has its own pouch to carry not only the stove but the windshield that comes supplied. the legs fold in together to form wuite a compact package and the fuel pipe bends around to attach to the burner. The cooker will burn almost anything although i tend to use Colman fuel or super unleaded. i have found that normal petrol burns quite black and does clog the jets...the sown side of this is that Coleman fuel costs five quid for a 500ml tin which only 1/2 fills my fuel bottle.
The stove can be cleaned quite easilly as it comes apart with limited fuss (note - why dont you laminate the instruction booklet and carry it with you in the carry bag). the fuel line is braided which means it should last for years.
Lighting the stove is an art. make sure you are well away from anything flamable as the stove sends out quite a nice flame when you are warming the jets....this is not one for cooking in the porch of your tent with....it wil boils a litre of water very fast and you get the feeling that on full power, you could attach it to the back of your car for extra propulsion!!!. You cannot adjust the flame very well so be prepared for some burned spag bol!
that said, i never go on a trip without it.....as reliable as a morris minor (that's a very old car for all you kids reading this)
Pros: packability, burn rate, build
Cons: not very adjustable
Reviewed by Andy (Somewhere) on 2006-02-26:
General comments: I bought my MSR Whisperlite stove before a two camping trip up Helvellyn. Got it for £54 with bmc discount which I didn't think was too bad. The stove is quite light and packs small even with a one litre fuel bottle. First thing I notiched was how flimsy and cheap looking the wind shield and heat relector were, they were just like thick aluminium foil. The heat relector blew away when I tried to fit it on the mountian (I bought it 30 minutes before we started the climb so wasn't too esperienced with it). Once you have the wind shield in place you then have to pump it up and pre heat it, keep it a good 2 metres from the tent or you will find yourself sheilding the tent while trying to bow it out. I followed MSR's instruction about the amount of fuel needed to pre heat it and ended up with flames 18 inches high, tip: only wet the pre heating wick don't fill the cup like MSR say, I have only used petrol though so can't speak for the other fuels. Once primed though the stove runs like a dream and boils water in no time though there isn't that much control of the flames and a 15 second delay from when you adjust the flame to anything happening. Once you turn the stove off you have to take it apart noting that there will actually still be fuel in the fuel line. If you don't need multi fuel get a gas one I am.
Pros: Powerful, light.
Cons: Gets covered in carbon deposits from pre heating, rucksack will smell of the fuel in my case petrol and you can't use it in the porch of your tent.
Reviewed by Andy Mogg (UK) on 2006-03-02:
General comments: The MSR whisperlite is a fantastic little stove.
It is extremely small and light and packs down to absolutely nothing.
It can be used with a variety of fuels ranging from petrol to standard gas canisters which comes in handy when you cant get hold of the canisters or its extremely cold and the gas doesnít burn so well.
The main problem with using none white gas is that its not particularly clean so everything gets covered in a nasty black soot but this is a small price to pay
It can be a bit of a pain to light but once its going it heats your meal up quickly and boils water nice and fast too.
It is quite hard to get a simmer so you have to watch your food like a hawk to avoid burning it. But once you get the hang of it you can cook with confidence.
The stove is very stable so you can get some decent size pots on it compared to the bottle top type stoves (although I also have a pocket rocket which is awesome for small pots and kettles.)
Being able to buy the bottles separately is handy for long journeys but again these arenít cheap.
I have heard reports about the fuel line being prone to cracking but so far I have had no problems.
Buy this stove if you want an excellent all year round stove that will work in almost any condition and last you a lifetime.
Pros: Multi fuel
Boils water quickly
Cons: Hard to get a simmer
Takes practice getting it lit
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Brian Ronald responded : Small correction: The Whisperlite cannot use gas cannisters. It runs on liquid fuel only. (2007-09-20)
Reviewed by Ben Orriss (Southampton) on 2006-03-06:
General comments: I've used my MSR Wisperlite stove in pretty much all conditions from a quick brew on the beach to cooking meals in the Alps at 3500 meters and at all times it has worked without a glitch. I've had gas fueled stoves before but found their performance weak in cold weather even when the canister was kept warm and almost full. The Whisperlite does take some pumping, but after 20 or so ( MSR reccomend 15 - i do a few more in cold weather) it ready to use. Make sur e to use super unleaded rather than unleaded as it becomes sooty very quickly if you dont. I dont really notice and performance differences between unleaded and white gas but theres a hell of a price difference. Lighting can be a bit tricky but be paicient and never do it inside a tent. You can use priming fuel but i tend to just let it burn with a squirt of fuel out of the jet. This method does leave alot of soot on the stove but can be blown off easily. The fuel adjustor works well but simmering will need the windshield up in bad condition ( use it always anyway cause it makes a big difference) or the flame will go out easily.
Pros: Ultra reliable
fuel is always available
can cook for lots of people off one stove ( Cooked for 100 on 2 of these )
Its an MSR
Cons: Nothing major but starting can be tricky, make sure you practive
not the smallest stove but worth the extra size and weight
Reviewed by Craig Wilson (Edinburgh) on 2006-03-15:
General comments: I bought this MSR Whisperlite Internationale stove primarily for its ease of use i.e. the fact that it can burn just about any combustable liquid. As a bonus to this it is very easy operational wise. The Whisperlite's construction is basic enough to make it easy to care for but still very robust. I've only ever used it in Britain so can't comment on it's performance at alltitude, however, I can confirm that even with a near empty fuel canister it still burns very hot. The manner in which the bunner is cleaned is beautifully simple, just turn the stove over and back a number of times and a built in pin knocks any of the fuel deposits out. I have now used this stove for several years in Scouting (not the most careful of user groups!) with no wear worries or replacement parts needed.
Pros: Burns many fuels, burns very hot, ease to use, easy to care for, robust.
Cons: No flame control, just off and hot. If you want flame control you have to nearly double your spending and buy the MSR Dragonfly.
Reviewed by James Beer (Southampton) on 2007-01-10:
General comments: A piece that is rapidly become a legend around the world. This MSR Whisperlite Internationale stove is standard equipment at the National Outdoor Leadership school in the States, with good reason. I've used mine all over, and have always been very pleased with it. It's reliable at altitude and in the cold. I tend to keep mine nested in an MSR 1L pot, which works great. I'm going to try it in a smaller titanium kettle; should just fit.
Boiling time for a litre of water is just over a minute. It is possible to simmer with the stove, just requires a well pressurized fuel bottle and some practice.
Only warning would be to keep a close eye on how much fuel goes into the burner cup before preheating. Being 15 and enthusiastic, a friend and I were almost short eyebrows from a big flame up while backpacking in Maine. (This was sometime ago - age and experience are great tutors).
I've thought about switching to a smaller stove, like the pocket rocket, but the Whisperlite's reliability has kept me hooked for the best part of decade.
Pros: Reliable, hot burning, reasonably compact.
Cons: Requires preheating.
Reviewed by Mark Godden (Pyrenees France) on 2007-11-08:
General comments: The Whisperlite International is a bit like a renegade technology from another world that's made its way into the outdoors scene. That's to say, if you looked hard enough, you'd probably find something similar powering the stream turbines in ships or melting icebergs. It's probably the same heat source technology that's used to melt the surface off roads or to model the behaviour of the surface of the sun. Yes, the Whisperlite International is a thing that's capable of getting hot - but does that make it a good stove?
MSR claims to have pioneered the remote fuel bottle stove and I'm not arguing - pioneers are known to have taken a few arrows up the arris and have lived with a Whisperlite for a while, I can see why. Let's not dwell on the fuel bottle - stick to MSR's aluminium ones and you'll be OK. The pump too we can get out of the way pretty quickly. It's plastic and it gets slammed for that in lots of reviews but that's not at all fair. It pretty technical plastic - over specified, well designed and fastidiously engineered. I can't see it coming to any harm. Yes, it has lots of O rings to wear but MSR does a great kit of parts to keep it service able and you can take the whole thing apart in the field and rebuild it. It's a modern version of an old idea - it even has a silicone rubber pump-cup rather than a heart valve from a bison.
The stove itself is a nasty looking, typically American piece of metal-bashing with none of the finesse or feel of its Swedish contemporaries. It has three gangly looking legs made from bent stainless steel, each spot welded where the bends meet. They fold around the upright axis of the stove body for storage and out again in use. It's actually quite a stable platform for both pot and stove.
The stove connects to its bottle and pump by pushing its hose into the provided hole having first lubricated it with spit or a bit of oil - you always have oil with you, don't you? There's yet another O ring in that hole that needs an eye keeping on it or you may have a fuel spray on your hands when you pressurise the bottle.
Lighting is the usual ritual of pressuring, priming and igniting as with most stoves of this design. A soccer ball sized eruption of flame is, says the instructions, quite normal at this point. That soon turns into a sheet of yellow flame if the priming stage hasn't got the generator tube warm enough to vapourise the fuel. Prime with alcohol and you have no such dramatics, everything w
Pros: Industrial assembly of brass, stainless and aluminum. Simpler than a hammer. Hotter than the centre of the sun. Not loud. Not quiet.
Cons: Needs an expert hand. Flat out or nowt. Field serviceable. Not too heavy.
|This review has 2 comment(s):|
DAVID B responded : Where can I buy alcohol in the UK to use as a priming fuel as suggested? (2008-06-10)
Mark responded : Use meths. Get it at B&Q. (2008-06-22)
Reviewed by Robert Hornby (preston UK) on 2008-07-12:
General comments: Bought this stove a year ago now, because ive heard from others that own MSR stoves that they are second to none and i havent been dissapointed yet.
Although the first time i tried to use the stove, instructions on how to use it where complete nonsense to be honest, so it made me sort of wish that id given it a test out at home before using it in the middle of nowhere. But after a few trial and error attempts at getting it burning it worked, but id advise anyone who was going to buy one to teach yourself how to use it before you actually need to, because its pretty frustrating trying to get it to work when your hungry and tierd.
Once it was going the stove had an extremly strong flame, i was running it off some diesil, but other people i know have run it off all sorts of things, i think itll pretty much run off any flammable liquid.
The stove has one of the most powerful flames ive ever used, i swear it boils a pan of water faster than the cooker in my kitchen! It is also very efficient, i left i running for a few hours one night and it barely used any of the fuel in the fuel bottle, so id recommend this stove for people who will not be travelling to places with anywhere to puchase more fuel .
The stove is also unbelievebly steady for a stove that will pack down to such a small size, however i do not think the wind sheild provided with the stove is up to the job, as its little more than a glorified piece of tin foil, which after one use is basically unuseable again.
I also do not think that the flame strenght adjusting stwitch is very good, as it does not actually seem to alter how strong the flame is, the stove seems to have only two settings, on and off, but thats fine with me, as it barely uses any fuel when its on full power anyway, so i dont know why you'd want it any other way.
Pros: The stove is very light, runs off pretty much any flammable liquid, packs down to an extremely small size, very fuel efficient, boils a large pan of water in under 2 minutes id say, depends on what fuel is used.
Cons: Wind sheil is poor quality, instructions are useless, takes quite a while to figure it out on first use.
Reviewed by John Smith (Tennesee) on 2009-04-08:
General comments: MSR WhisperLite International is a lightweight high output backpacking stove. The technology it uses is a conventional and reliable liquid gas vaporizing tube with a Bunsen burner style fuel delivery system found in common laboratories across the world. Some reviewers who have not been in the most advanced chemical and biological laboratories in the world may mistake this simple-yet effective burner design for something crude because of it's unattractiveness. Others may bash it for it's simplicity, or perhaps because they find it to be too simple, even if reliable and gets the job done. The newer models have an improved fuel control valve for better simmering capabilities. Look for a wire/rubber control valve rather than the older metal wheel control valve.
Simply, it's a stove burner reduced down to it's minimum components for ease of servicing, ease of carrying and ease of use in a bulletproof design.
Pros: Each component has a purpose, no decorative baffles.
Easy to light.
Burns medium to hot as hell.
Field serviceable and INCLUDES a small tube of priming pump oil, so that you will always have oil, EVEN if you are in France.
Cons: Simmering can be a challenge, but manageable by reducing the pressure used in the unit.
It doesn't look pretty because of it's weight reducing yet robust design.
Reviewed by smartlemming (NORWAY) on 2009-06-05:
General comments: I've had mine for about twelve years without much hassle,the only O rings I've changed have been on the bottles and that's pretty good as it's been used for 3 to 5 weeks each year.
The original alloy sheild lasted 11 years since then replacements have fallen apart every couple of years as they are now made of S**t alloy.5 years ago I purchased a later model with the shaker jet but as the old one still refuses to wear out have not used it but it does seem to be a bit more plasticky than my original.I usualy hold the stove up by the bottle to burn off the leftover fuel before dissassembly and it helps to burn the soot off(I use petrol).
People tell me there are better stoves out there(one that simmers well would be nice)but Ican live with the downsides of this stove because of its simplicity and reliability
Pros: Very hot burn,packs up nice into my pan,diffrent size bottles allow for variable trip lengths (I have two small and one large),quite economical,easy to service,good build quality on my old one
Cons: Takes a bit of practice to light properly,would not advise lighting it in tent!!!!,a bit dirty,My stove does not simmer very well,If I ever have a serious accident I doubt I will get a hot meal till after the helicopter takes me away as my partner is very reluctant to use it.
Reviewed by RHearn (Scotland) on 2009-07-11:
General comments: Had this stove for 6 years now. It is extremely reliable and will burn almost anything, though I use coleman fuel as a clean burning first choice on short trips.
I have the older pump which isn't great for simmering but is reliable. I've replaced the o rings once in six years, probably should have done it more frequently but it was working just fine.
I love the fact that it will come apart and go back together easily in the field. Once you've learnt the stove you'll never have to worry about being stuck without hot food as long as you have fuel and a few spare o rings!
Have to say if you want a stove that will cook a gourmet meal, look elsewhere. If you want a stove that is tough and will last lifetime, look no further.
Pros: Boiling time
Cons: can't prime in a tent
Reviewed by Margo Barker (U.K) on 2009-09-13:
General comments: We've had our stove for 5 years and didn't realise there was a fuel cable cleaner so it was really helpful to find out why it kept clogging up! Thanks. Should we remove the cable cleaner before we use the stove every time? Would be grateful for a response.
Pros: Small compact and lightweight-ideal for carrying on the motorbike.
Cons: See above. Had no idea there was a fuel cleaner cable!
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neil j. NORTHUMBERLAND responded : no need to use cleaning cable everytime i have used MSR stoves since the mid 80's and just have a servicing/cleaning stint when i am away and have a quiet 15 mins. (2009-09-20)
Reviewed by Darren McKean (Dumfries, Scotland) on 2010-01-30:
General comments: Having been used to gas burners for many years I was nervous about changing to the MSR.Yes, it is different. Yes it does take a little longer to set up and put away. And yes, it does take a little to ignite. But so what? It cooks in no time at all. As for problems igniting, I donít even bother with matches. A simple fire steel works. And the 4 foot ball of flame? Never experienced that either. The wind shield is a little light and finicky but look at the name: whisperLITE. It still works. For the money I think this is a fantastic piece of kit, easy to clean and maintain and to use. If you are even looking at one then you are obviously considering progressing beyond gas, so do it! Simple, reliable, and easy to use. Anywhere. And thatís the point. Wind, rain, altitude... anywhere. Itís worth the little bit of extra effort. But if all you want to do is brew a quick cuppa on a ramble then this might be step too far. For a fast pace then perhaps a pocket rocket or the likes would suffice. Over nighters or expeditions will enjoy the extra benefits and adaptability which heavily outweigh any extra effort needed.
Pros: Simple, reliable and adaptable.
Cons: cleaning ( hey, who wants to clean)
Reviewed by Ian Craigie (Scotland, UK) on 2010-07-01:
General comments: I have used an MSR Whisperlite Internationale for almost 20 years, cooking meals in places as diverse as the Patagonian Andes to the deserts of Namibia, from the Canadian Rockies to the Indian Himalayas. I have never needed to eat a raw meal from want of a fuel, as this amazing piece of equipment has been able to burn almost anything, anywhere! Since first purchased in 1991 no parts have needed replacement or repair, although some of the parts are now starting to look a little worse for ware. The O-rings are original, and apart from removing the fuel line filter early on, everything else is the same as when first purchased. I smiled at the comments about the occasional flare ups as fuel is used to prime the vaporising tube, but this almost seems part of the ritual at mealtime (it certainly makes using this stove in a tent even less sensible, if that was ever considered an option!). I have never used priming alcohol, but can see that for some this might make starting the stove a little less of an adventure... I wrap the wind shield about the fuel bottle when trekking/travelling, and the flame reflector folds easily and sits in the cooking gear along side the stove, which itself stores easily. I have mostly cooked for two, but have easily made meals for up to six people at a single sitting. Simmering is a challenge, but I never cease to be amazed what this stove is capable of. I have read of some people using pot "cosies" to continue cooking food once off the flame, and although I have not used these myself (yet!) I can see that they could make slower cooking easier, as well as conserving precious fuel. In short, this has been an essential piece of kit for me, and has genuinely contributed to the enjoyment of my travels-a hot meal at the end of a long day's trek is a great morale boost, and sets you up for a good night's sleep!
Pros: Burns anything (well, almost...), and so can be relied on anywhere in the world. Packs easily inside cooking gear. Field serviceable. Light. Simple. Reliable. Rugged. Robust. What more could you ask for?
Cons: Simmering remains difficult, but possible with reduction in pump pressure. Flare up at start (especially with kerosene and petrol), but predictable and very manageable (less an issue with white gas).
Reviewed by phil hambrook-moore (essex) on 2012-02-10:
General comments: bought this to replace my coleman f1 light stove which decided to corode itself into 1 lump.
what can i say what a purchse! yes its a very differnt style of stove not to mention double the price but im very happy with it. it packs down into its stuff sack which then fits neatly into my zebra billy can along with the heat and wind shields.
first time i used it i set fire to quite a large area of rock in the caingorms but it soon settled down. once going the output was imense. bringing my soup to the boil in seconds. second outingi got the hang of priming it and had it working much more efficiently. 3 days at minus 6 and coped with all my needs malting snow to cooking chili and frying bacon. it does really only seem to work either off or full bore but simmering can be achieved by using two pans, the first filled with some water with a stick in the bottom then a second pan with your food in nestled in the first on top of the stick( a bain marie as we say in the trade).
only used coleman fuel so far but will try petrol at the next oportunity.
Pros: pack small
great heat output
Cons: bit tricky at first to light
might nut be wise to cook in a porch with at least not till its settled down
Reviewed by Mark Dixon (Bridlington) on 2012-02-18:
General comments: I've been using this stove for about 12 years having moved on from Camping Gaz.
It makes you feel like a true adventurer, covered in black soot, singed eyebrows, smelling of fuel and cooking outdoors when gas users are under canvas.
not a stove for a quick brew..... your gas buring friends will have brewed, drunk uo and moved on before you're even running.
But once you're alight this stove is the business. A roaring hot flame, oozing power and boiling water so quickly it can become adictive.
Coleman fuel is best, but expensive, parafin is sooty but cheap and needs priming with meths (so 2 fuels to carry), unleaded petrols works as well.
Regulation is fiddly and you need to keep the pressure pumped up to keep the power going.
If the stove goes out, it's best to let it cool down and start again.
A bit broke on my pump and was replaced without question as was one of the legs.
Pros: This is a man's stove, not for the faint hearted, great quality and fantastic aftersales service.
Cons: Needs practice to get it running smoothly. Needs priming if using parafin.
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