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Old 30 Oct 2007
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MSR Reactor Stove

Just saw this new stove seems to be a development of the jet boil system.
It looks good but £100 in the UK is a lot. Anyone got one of these are they as good as they seem. 3 mins to boil 1 litre ?
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Originally Posted by stuxtttr View Post
Just saw this new stove seems to be a development of the jet boil system.
It looks good but £100 in the UK is a lot. Anyone got one of these are they as good as they seem. 3 mins to boil 1 litre ?
I think any normal petrol stove heats 1L water in about 3.5 min.
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whats the rush with boiling water anyhow?

I like MSR because they're simple, easy to use, easy to keep working and dont take up much room.

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Primus is bringing out a competitor to Jetboil called Eta Express in 2008 that will be slightly smaller packed size and cheaper.
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Cheers for that Tim, I like primus gear too. I am expeimenting with a drinks can stove at the mo as its way cleaner than my MSR whisperlite.
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Ever heard of a quartpot and a very small fire? You will do it in 3 mins easy!!

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Dont know if it beat out a Coleman 533. Cheap easy to use I have a 530 from 1946 that still works and a 502 from 1963 (needs a good cleaning but fires right up).
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I believe the reactor stove is designed primarily with cold climates inmind due to the heat radiation system is uses, from discussion with MSR.

The whisperlight should be fairly clean stove in operation, but you can make it cleaner.
As long as the ports are clean of debri/charing you should get a clean burn flame when upto temp, ie blue. From my experience its usually priming a petrol stove that makes it soot up, so take a little bottle of medical alcohol or methelated spirits and use a few drops of that to prime the stove rather than petrol. Doesnt soot the stove up, as it burns.

So if your stove is working properly should get nice blue flames and only leaving a small amount of white soot from the petrol on the bottom of your pans. This should wipe off easily. I see a lot of folks try to start a petrol stove before its upto temp properly.

You can also send MSR stoves back to be serviced by MSR for a nominal price. They replace most minor items for free and even some major items. My dragon fly recently had its entire body section and pump replaced for free, when i sent it back due to a broken needle.

If you need the details,let me know..
safe riding and hope to see you out on the road. .. John..
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