Owner Review: MSR Windpro - Pat McNeilly
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Owner Review - MSR Windpro
Review Date: October 5, 2006
Name: Pat McNeilly
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Email address: patrick.mcneilly@...
City, State, Country: Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A.
Backpacking Background: I have been hiking for at least 20 years but
backpacking for only the last three years. Most of my backpacking is
done as overnight trips and occasional weekend and weeklong trips. My
typical packweight is approximately 18 to 20 lb (8 to 9 kg) before food
or water. Most of my backpacking is the three season variety in the
mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. In addition to
backpacking, I also fish, hunt, and have been involved in disaster
relief. As a result, some of my backpacking equipment gets use in a
number of different venues.
Manufacturer: Mountain Safety Research
Year of Manufacture: 2006
URL: http://www.msrcorp.com/ <http://www.msrcorp.com/>
MSRP: $ 79.95 US
10.5 oz (298 g)
10.1 oz (286 g)
6.8 oz (193 g)
6.8 oz (193 g)
1.6 oz (45 g)
0.6 oz (17 g)
0.3 oz (8 g)
0.8 oz (23 g)
The MSR Windpro is a lightweight remote canister stove. The stove
consists of a 2.75 in (7 cm) burner which is supported by three roughly
triangular legs. The legs also act as pot supports and give the stove
an assembled diameter of 5.75 in (15 cm) and a height of 3.5 in (9 cm).
On the bottom of each leg a 0.5 in (1.2 cm) metal tab is bent at a right
angle to the leg. These metal tabs can be used for securing the Windpro
to the MSR Trillium Base which allows for greater stability of the stove
on uneven ground.
The fuel tank attaches to the stove via a 10.5 in (27 cm) fuel line
assembly. The fuel line assembly has a threaded head to accept standard
fuel canisters. The head also has a needle valve with a triangular
shaped wire control "knob." In addition the head has two black
rubber seals, one inside the threaded portion and another around the
outside of the threads. The fuel line runs through a fixed tube
attached to one edge of the burner. The allows for increased
vaporization of the fuel prior to it reaching the jet below the burner
The stove is folded by simply rotating each leg in a counterclockwise
direction around the outside of the burner until it reaches the stop
point. The fuel line assembly can be wrapped around the base of the
stove to make a fairly compact package.
Included with the Windpro is a 5.5 in (14cm) by 30 in (76 cm) windscreen
and a 8.75 in (22 cm) diameter heat reflector which is placed under the
stove during operation. A tool for disassembling the stove if field
maintenance is needed is included. The stove also comes with a small [4
in x 7 in (10 cm x 18 cm)] black stuff sack with the MSR logo which
closes with a drawstring and cordlock.
I have used this product for approximately the last eight months on a
number of weekends trip in southern Pennsylvania and in the George
Washington National Forest of Virginia. I also used this stove on a
weeklong trip in central Virginia during June 2006. The elevation on
these trips varied from 1800 ft to 4000 ft (550 m to 1200 m). The
temperatures I encountered on these trips ranged anywhere from 35 F to
85 F (2 C to 29 C). The weather conditions, particularly during my
weeklong trip, included substantial amounts of rain and otherwise soggy
conditions. I have not used anything other than MSR IsoPro (80/20
isobutane/propane) fuel with this stove
I typically use a homemade alcohol stove when backpacking but purchased
the MSR Windpro when I started backpacking with a larger group and
needed the ability to boil much larger amounts of water. I also
generally prefer the ease of use of a canister stove over liquid fuel.
After using the Windpro for the past six months I am happy with its
performance. The stove performs well given the typical limitations of a
canister stove. The stove is easy to light and boils a liter of water
in approximately 5 minutes. One beauty of this stove is that there is
excellent flame control. The flame is easily adjusted to a simmer with
a turn of the control knob. Although I have used the stove to boil lots
of water, I was able to cook pancakes on more than one occasion with the
stove and felt that I could control the heat perfectly so as not to burn
The size of the burner and supports allows for use of large pots. I
have used pots as large as 8 qt (8 L) without much difficulty. The
largest pots need to placed on the stove with care but I felt that the
stove could handle them without fear of dumping the container. I would
also point out that when I used pots 6 qt (6 L) or larger, I attached
the Windpro to an MSR Trillium Base (separate purchase) which helps with
stability. When using smaller pots, I needed to adjust the flame to the
size of the pot. If the flame adjustment was too high, the flame would
be running up the sides of the pot which I felt was not very efficient.
Boiling times appeared to be fastest when using the bottom heat
reflector and wind screen. This was particularly the case in colder
temperatures which was not unexpected. I also observed that the stove
works well in windy conditions (hence the Windpro name) but needed the
windscreen for best results in these conditions. As is typical of
canister stoves, the Windpro performs better in warmer conditions. I
found that the stove took longer to boil water in colder conditions but
felt that this was due, in part, to cooling of the canister as fuel is
I have had very few problems with the Windpro. The stove is pretty much
a no brainer. Attach the fuel canister, turn on the gas and light. I
did have one problem after using the stove for four days straight. My
group was boiling water in a large pot which seemed to take an
inordinately long amount of time. I noticed that the stove was quieter
than normal. After removing the pot I noticed that not much flame was
being produced. My companions and I were a little perplexed because
there is not much that can go wrong with the stove. It turned out that
the stove's jet was clogged and needed cleaning out. The stove
performed fine after a quick cleaning. I felt that some dirt or food
got into the jet since the stove burns very cleanly. This experience
also gave me opportunity to take the stove apart. The burner and leg
assembly is held together by two screws which can easily be removed, as
can the jet itself, with the supplied wrench. However, no tool for
cleaning the jet was included with the stove.
The remote burner design not only allows for good pot stability but also
makes flame adjustment easy. The is no worry about burned fingers or
gloves since the control is a good 10 in (25 cm) away from the burner.
MSR also suggests that this design allows for use with a backpacking
oven, however, I have no experience with such an apparatus.
One minor aspect of the stove that I have had problems with is its shape
when folded. When collapsed, the stove has an awkward configuration
which I notice always finds a way to poke me in the back if I don't
pack it just right.
The MSR Windpro is an easy to use, light weight remote burner stove.
The stove can easily handle both a variety of pots sizes and has
excellent flame control which allow for cooking a wide range of foods.
The Windpro works well in windy conditions but does have some
performance problems with in colder conditions.
Things I like:
1. Light weight for remote burner stove
2. Good stability with large pots
3. Performs well in windy conditions
4. Excellent flame control
Things I don't like:
1. Awkward folded shape
2. Cold weather performance
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- EDIT/Approval: Owner Review: MSR Windpro - Pat McNeilly
Thank you for your Owner Review. Your HTML looks very nice, your
edits will follow. They will take the following format;
EDIT: must be changed
Edit: should be changed but will be left to your discretion
Comment: just that or something to think about
When you have made the changes go ahead and place it in the folder
Please check it over first in the test folder again to make sure all
EDIT: MSR calls it the "WindPro" please change all instances to
their version of spelling.
***My typical packweight is approximately 18 to 20 lb (8 to 9 kg)
EDIT: pack weight
***The stove is easy to light and boils a liter of water in
approximately 5 minutes.
EDIT: needs Imperial conversion (1 quart)
***The stove is pretty much a no brainer.
- Hi Ray,
Thanks for the edits. It is interesting that my manual for the
stove lists it as Windpro but the website has it as WindPro. No
matter it is all fixed now and uploaded. Nice catch.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
> EDIT/Approval: Owner Review: MSR Windpro - Pat McNeilly
> Hi Patrick,
> Thank you for your Owner Review. Your HTML looks very nice, your
> edits will follow. They will take the following format;
> EDIT: must be changed
> Edit: should be changed but will be left to your discretion
> Comment: just that or something to think about
> When you have made the changes go ahead and place it in the folder
> Please check it over first in the test folder again to make sure
> is well.
> EDIT: MSR calls it the "WindPro" please change all instances to
> their version of spelling.
> ***My typical packweight is approximately 18 to 20 lb (8 to 9 kg)
> EDIT: pack weight
> ***The stove is easy to light and boils a liter of water in
> approximately 5 minutes.
> EDIT: needs Imperial conversion (1 quart)
> ***The stove is pretty much a no brainer.
> EDIT: no-brainer