EDIT: REPOST - Owner Review MSR WhisperLite Stove - James
- James -
(Note that this is a revised edit, based on your reposted review; you
can ignore the first set of edits!)
Nice first review. I have a number of edits listed below, but overall
I'll say you "get it" and did a fine job.
Go ahead and address these edits, then repost your review to the list
with "REPOST" included in the subject line. As always, if you can
include a picture of your specific stove in your HTML version, that
would be a nice addition to the report.
Thanks for the good work!
BGT Edit Moderator
Background: I am a recreational backpacking novice with two
and a handful of car camping excursions. I carry a 40-45 lb
(18.1-20.4 kg) pack
because I have car camping gear and refuse to let my wife carry her share
because it would be unmanly. I hike primarily sonoran desert and mountain
conifer forest terrain.
***EDIT COMMENT: A model of brevity - good job!
Location(s): Phoenix, AZ to Seligman, AZ
Description of Location(s): sonoran desert (1000 ft, 305 m) and high
(5500 feet, 1676 m)
Weather Conditions: sunny, 90 F (32.2 C) and cloudy, light rain, 30 F
The MSR WhisperLite Stove is a three-legged stove that attaches to an MSR
standard fuel bottle via a fuel hose. Two of the legs spin to one
side and hook
together allowing for a smaller storage. The fuel hose is stiff with
outer casing and a hook attached. The hook is the same hook mentioned
storing the legs. The fuel hose terminates in a male like adaptor,
into the female orifice of the pump.
My pump has a red plastic handle that has some inherent resistance
not it is attached to the fuel bottle. It does seem to pump easier
the more I
use it. It is by no means difficult to pump when new, but required a
umph than it does now.
Up near the red plastic pumping handle there is a red
plastic and metal fuel control dial. This allows one to control the
the flame while the stove is in operation and allows one to turn the
***EDIT SUGGESTION: This is fine as is - note that you can get rid of
the somewhat impersonal and awkward "one" if you like, too - e.g.
"This controls the height of the flame while the stove is in operation
and turns it off."
By turning the fuel control
dial one fills the metal cup with maybe a teaspoon of fuel.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: Or simply "Turning the fuel control fills the..."
After turning the
control dial off, one strikes a match and holds near the metal cup.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: Ditto on "...off, strike a..."
Though I would not say the burner operates at a whisper level it is
One does not have to raise one's voice to speak over the sound of the
***EDIT SUGGESTION: "I don't have to raise my voice..."
In fact, with just a light breeze the sound of the stove is completely
muffled. Even at its maximum flame, in the solitude of a desert
night, you can
hold a civil conversation completely oblivious to the sound of the stove.
***EDIT: "I can hold..."
It has been taken camping in Arizona desert and high
desert situations with altitudes ranging from 1000 feet (305 m) around
AZ to 5500 feet (1676 m) around Seligman, AZ.
***EDIT: Totally minor thing, but consider making all of your
measurement abbreviations consistent throughout (e.g. "ft" versus "feet")
It requires priming, which is easy enough to do except in windy
***EDIT SUGGESTION: it would be of interest to hear more about what
happened in windy conditions...
If you take a moment prior to ignition and straighten the fuel line
out it remedies the situation.
***EDIT: "If I take..."
It will boil just over two cups of
water at 5500 feet (1676 m) in just under two minutes and it will boil
quart of water at the same elevation in a little over 4 minutes.
***EDIT: Need metric equivalents for cups and quarts
stability is good on relatively flat surfaces and it safely and
supports a pot or pan up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter.
***EDIT: "it comfortably"
The initial pressure comes from a pumping action the user has to
perform prior to priming the stove.
***EDIT SUGGESTION: "the user" is fine, but you could also reword to
eliminate the awkwardness - e.g. "The initial pressure is created by
pumping before priming the stove."
IIf you have less than a properly full bottle, more pumping is required.
***EDIT: Personalize - for example, "If the bottle is less than full,
I find that more pumping is required."
However, if you have more than the maximum suggested
amount of fuel it is difficult to get sufficient pressure, and a very
***EDIT: Personalize or reword (e.g., "If the bottle has more than...")
Do not attempt to pull the legs
around to pack the stove while the stove is still hot. It will burn
you and it
will hurt. Trust me.
***EDIT: I totally get your style here and like it...but it would be
best to reword to eliminate "you" and keep it personal. You could say,
for example, that the legs get really hot and you've burned yourself
trying to fold them back...that way you're not projecting what might
happen to others (no matter how likely you think it is ;-)
I have yet to find a way around this but it is only a minor inconvinence.
The whole unit (pump and stove top) fits inside my 1-quart (0.95 l) pot.
***EDIT: use "L" for liter (BGT standard); consider "1 qt" for
consistency as well
The pump contains a dial to vary the amount of fuel that passes to the
stove this does a
good job of varying the flame between a medium and high heat, but at
its lowest setting still does not really simmer well.
***EDIT: Looks like this should be split into two sentences at "stove
A big difference between the two is the international version is not
***EDIT QUESTION: Interesting; are you positive about that? I have a
WhisperLite Internationale and have found it to be completely field
All in all the MSR WhisperLite stove is a nice stove that is very
effective for small and medium size groups.
***EDIT QUESTION: I'm curious to learn why you think it's effective
for small and medium size groups, as opposed to individual or large
group camping; not sure I saw anything in the review to
support/document this. If you can explain, that would make your
statement even more useful to readers; if not, consider removing or
It boils water quickly and can effectively heat at medium and high
***EDIT QUESTION: Not sure what you meant by "can effectively heat at
medium and high temperatures"; can you elaborate or reword?
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