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OR WhisperLite Internationale 600 Stove
BY Lawrence Dalrymple
January 31, 2007
NAME: Lawrence Dalrymple
EMAIL: canoe21[at ] rogers[dot ] com
LOCATION: Sutton, Ontario, Canada
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 154 lb (70.00 kg)
I started camping at around 10 years old in Nova Scotia, after moving
to Ontario I took up car camping but I soon tired of this. Taking up
canoe camping across a lot of Ontario. I have my choice places to go
but still like to explore the back country. I am planning a 21 day
trip in July to Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Park to do the North and
South Channel of the Lady Evelyn River. The portages are very
strenuous with fantastic scenery.
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Year of Manufacture: 1999
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
MSRP: 62.50 [US]
Listed Weight: 14 oz (402 g)
Weighted on postal scale
Measured Weight: 14.7 oz (418 g)
Fuel bottle: 5 oz [140 g]
MSR stove came with a five year limited warranty
The MSR WhisperLite is a very small rugged stove that has three
folding pot supports or legs and flexible hose allows for compact
storage of the stove.
The MSR WhisperLite comes with a rugged bag in black with the MSR
logo on the side of the bag in blue and white, and it has a heavy
draw cord and a spring loaded clip. It also comes with a wind screen,
and a heat reflector, that I have only used a few times over the
The MRS WhisperLite 600 came with a tool kit consisting of a wrench
in three sizes and a slotted screw driver on one end, a small tube of
MSR Pump Cup Oil. It also came with a K-Jet so when you can not get
white gas you can switch to kerosene and jet fuel. I have never had
to use this jet, but I do carry it just in case, my stove also came
with a manual how to operate and maintain and repair the stove.
The MSR WhisperLite 600 is not sold with a fuel bottle you must buy
them separately, I chose the 22 oz [650 mi] bottle for my extended
trips and it will still pack in the out side pocket attached to the
stove in my back pack.
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I have used my MSR WhisperLite on all of my camping trips for the
last seven years. I have used it mostly in Lake Superior Provincial
Park, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater in the Temagami region as well as
Elevation on these trips ranged from around 600 ft [183 m] to a
maximum of around 1700 ft [518 m], the temperatures ranged from a low
of 20 F [-7 C] to around 100 F [38 C].
Over this amount of time we had snow, heavy rain, and strong winds,
lots of fog and mist, and hot and humid conditions. We even had a
small tornado come down across the lake from where we were camped.
Most of the terrain is rugged, steep, and very slippery when wet.
There are also some trails that are almost flat, but some are over
grown to the point that they are very difficult to walk on or follow.
I found my MSR WhisperLite Internationale 600 very easy to set up, as
I carry the stove and fuel bottle as one piece. I find it easier this
way. I feel that by taking it apart every time I use it that I will
cause it undo wear and that I will give all the dirt that goes with
camping a chance of clogging up my stove, also I do not like to waste
fuel, as it is very heavy to carry.
I do not use my stove for every meal or for every cup of coffee; I
prefer to cook over a camp fire for a lot of reasons. However I do
like the stove for side trips and shore lunches, and when I am in a
hurry. It's a lot quicker and easier than making a camp fire, and
when the temperatures is real hot, it is much cooler to use the
stove. I also like to use the stove when we are trying to keep ahead
of approaching rain storm, so we can retire to the tent and sit it
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I got my MSR WhisperLite Internationale 600 when I was working in
Montreal, my wife saw it listed in a L.L. Bean catalog, and she
ordered it through the mail. The first few times I tried to light the
stove, I was ready to give up on it. I had flames up to four feet in
the air, and I thought I might have to return the stove.
I rechecked the owners manual only to find that I needed only a
little bit of gas in the priming cup and when the flames were about
to burn out, I needed to open the control valve just a little, just
so I could hear the fuel hissing into the stove, after that it all
became very easy. I found that if you adjusted the control valve then
I had to wait for about a minute for the adjustment to take affect,
this does take a lot of practice to get it just right but once you
do, then you are away.
I never have figured out just how long a 22 oz [650 mi] of fuel will
last, but I know for sure that the MSR stove uses about one half or
less then the stove it replaced. I have found if I fill the fuel
bottle and carry a can of 34 oz [1 L] of fuel that they will last me
around four weeks.
One of the things I really like about my WhisprerLite is after I
refill the fuel bottle and give it around fifteen pumps of air. I
rarely have to re-pump it, I have never seen another stove do this as
well as the MSR stove, I think because the fuel bottle is close to
the stove heating the fuel inside and keeping up the pressure.
I have found that to simmer this stove is very finicky as on a number
of times I have had to relight the stove, from over adjusting but it
can be done. We have got good results cooking regular rice, and not
have it burn to the pot. We also have some fantastic results using
the WhisperLite stove with our Outback Oven making corn bread,
biscuits are always a treat, as well as double layered frosted
birthday cakes to name a few. I know you can bake on a camp fire, but
for some reason things always seam to taste smoky when we try to bake
on a camp fire.
In all the years I have used this stove I have only had to shake it
once to clean the jet. Last year I found that the pump did not pump
up. Upon inspecting the pump, I found the leather pump cup had dried
out so I gave it a couple of drops of oil and it worked like new
again. I suppose I should set up a preventive maintenance to prevent
these things from accruing.
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THINGS I LIKE
I like how economical the MSR WhisperLite Internationale 600 can be
on fuel, how easy it is to set up to use, also it is a very compact
and light weight. I have found that this little stove can fit inside
its stuff sack and fit in the outside pocket of my back pack making
it very handy for a quick shore lunch or a hot cup of coffee.
I like the how the legs rotate for storage and how secure they can be
to hold a pot in place for cooking, I never lost a pot yet or even a
pot of coffee for that matter.
I like how very reliable and how durable the WhisperLite is, it has
never let me down in the field no matter what the conditions were, I
have had to put up wind breaks at times for cooking, but they were
also for our comfort not just for the stove.
The WhisperLite is the best stove I have ever used, I am very happy
with it as a whole, and have never regretted buying it in the first
place. It sure has made our camping trips a lot more enjoyable and
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THINGS I DON'T LIKE
As I have said before the simmer control is very finicky, and touchy
to adjust. This is the only improvement I can suggest for the MSR
WhisperLite Internationale 600 stove.
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