EDIT: Owner Review MSR Pocket Rocket Stove Don Meredith
- Hi Don, thanks for deciding to contribute. It's good to hear you use
the website often.
This is a very good effort for a first review, and its good you chose
something that you have obviously used a lot. I do have a few edits
and things for your consideration though.
Your edits will follow the normal convention:
EDIT: Must correct
Edit: Change is needed, with the wording up to you. If you strongly
disagree with the edit, you are welcome to provide your reasoning and
we'll take that under consideration.
Comment: A recommendation for improvement that does not necessarily
have to be followed, or merely a comment.
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
### EDIT: Actually the manufacturer has `PocketRocket' as one word,
and this should be corrected to reflect their name throughout the
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 Meters)
Weight: 250 Pounds (79 Kilograms)
###EDIT: The conversion for 250 lb is 113 kg. Generally we like to
see pounds abbreviated to lb and kilograms to kg, as well as meters
to just `M', however this is an option and up to you. The
conversions do have to be correct however.
Email address: donmeredith74@...
City, State, Country: Lexington, South Carolina, U.S.
### EDIT: I realize you took this from the sample in the tester
documentation, but we now require the date directly under the review
title, so you need to move it from your biography and place it under
the title. This format should be followed for all future reports.
(Once in a while, requirements may be changed slightly and the
documentation may not always reflect those changes, but these
instances will be few and you will soon learn them.)
Backpacking Background: I've been camping & backing for 10 years now.
### EDIT: backpacking instead of backing.
I enjoy backpacking in the mountains of North & South Carolina and
kayak camping on the coast and on local rivers and lakes. The majority
of my camping over the past few years has been on the Foothills Trail
in South Carolina (www.foothillstrail.org). I typically camp one to
two nights in warm humid weather typical of the Southeast. Depending
on the location and weather I will either camp with a one-man tent or
### Comment: We really like to see a little more on your style. Do
you consider yourself a traditional weight, light weight, or ultra-
light weight hiker? Could you add that while still keeping your bio
under 100 words?
I have used this stove in a wide variety of environments over the past
few years ranging from balmy nights kayak camping on the barrier
islands off of South Carolina's coast to cold windy trips on Mount
Mitchell in North Carolina.
### Edit: A good start, but we need just a little more. With a
canister stove, lower temperatures are a special concern. Please
state the temperature ranges, and also a general altitude range. (I
realize altitude is fairly moderate even in the NC mountains, but for
the sake of our international readers, it is preferred to give
elevation ranges (i.e. 5000 ft/1500 m). Round the conversions in a
sensible manner. I.E. The actual conversion for 5000 ft is 524 m,
but since 5000 is a rounded estimate, the metric conversion should be
also. The rules of rounding, abbreviating, etc. can be found at the
bottom of the handy conversion tool at this url:
Also, what types of surfaces have you used it on? Tabletops, bare
dirt, rocks, level, unlevel, etc?
Three foldout legs that support the pot or pan and the flame is
adjusted using a wire
extension from a brass valve on the stove body.
### Edit: This sentence needs a bit of clarification. Either you've
left out part of a thought about the foldout legs, or have the
word `that' in the sentence needlessly. Actually I'd like to see it
broken into two sentences, with each a little more descriptive. Tell
us how the foldout legs work how far they fold out, how they work
(swivel on a rivet & stop when the bottom of the leg touches the top
of the stove base?) Tell us a little more about the wire extension
wedge shape, passes through a small hole in the brass valve, etc.
Which direction for on? Which for off?
The Pocket Rocket is a simple stove to use. You simply screw the stove
to the fuel canister, light the flame and begin cooking.
### EDIT: It's a hard thing to learn, but we try to avoid using the
word `you', since that normally is termed projecting. Some
information on this is located in section 5, here:
So, please change the word `you' to "I", or use "One simply screws
the stove " or "A person simply screws the stove "
### Comment: You might consider adding a bit on lighting the flame
do you usually use matches or a lighter? Or both alternately? Do
you have to be careful of your hand position or the stove position
when you light it, or is the burner easy to access with both lighter
and match? Do you usually open the valve partially or fully to light
it? These types of things might seem insignificant to an experienced
backpacker, but important to someone new, so the more detail you can
put in your report, the better. Once you've started applying for
gear, showing that you can write detailed reports can help tip the
scales in your favor when tester selections are made.
I have never had difficulty threading the stove to fuel canisters
and have never
witnessed a leak. I have not performed controlled tests to confirm
the claims for boil time on MSR's website. My water is always ready
for use in 2-3 minutes at camp so I am pleased with boil times.
### Edit: Can you let us know how much water you typically boil? I
believe MSR claims 3 ½ minutes for 1 L, so if yours is done in 2
minutes I guess it is less water, but it would be nice to clarify
The stove's efficiency drops during windy conditions but the effect
severe. During breezy days I try to find a natural wind break when I
set up the stove. This is usually sufficient to maintain efficient
### Comment: Unfortunately, I did find the effect severe on mine.
Over 17 minutes for a boil. The wind breaks undoubtedly help.
The Pocket Rocket comes with a triangular plastic storage case. This
case serves well to store and protect the stove during trips and
during storage at home.
When folded for storage, the MSR Pocket Rocket will fit inside of
almost any drinking cup or other small container, which is essential
to protecting the stove when it is not in use. MSR provides a
triangular plastic holder for the stove, but it just as easy to keep
it in a pot or cup.
### Comment: You might want to consider re-ordering the two
paragraphs above a bit, since the second sort of repeats the
information in the first, but states it a bit differently. You might
even combine them into one paragraph. I.E. When folded for storage,
the MSR PocketRocket will fit inside almost any drinking cup or other
small container. MSR provides a triangular plastic holder for the
stove, which serves well to store and protect it during trips and
storage at home, but it is just as easy to keep it in a pot or cup.
Also, do you have a favorite place you like to carry it in your
pack? You might mention that.
I have used the Pocket Rocket for three years now and it has been
exposed to salt water and typical bumps and bruises encountered when
backpacking. I haven't taken any particular care to clean or maintain
the stove during this time. There is no sign of oxidation from the
salt water and the stove still works as it did right out of the
### Comment: Is the salt water from spray only or was the stove
actually submerged? You might clarify that.
Once you've addressed the necessary EDIT/Edits and made any changes
you would like based on the comments, you will need to repost to this
list, using the title: REPOST: Owner Review MSR Pocket Rocket
Stove Don Meredith.
I look forward to seeing the revisions,