OR-MSR Heat Exchanger
- MSR Heat Exchanger
Owner Review May 31, 2008
Name: Suzi Gibson
Height: 5'6" (1.7 m)
Weight: 165 lbs (74.8 kg)
Email address: suzi_q_jones at yahoo dot com
City, State, Country: Anderson, SC, USA
Date: May 31, 2008
Backpacking Background: I've gone on many family camping trips to various places up and
down the east coast of the US since I was a child. The backpacking bug was always there,
whispering in my ear until finally in my early twenties it bit me! I have since done several
backpacking trips in Florida, Washington, Virginia, and North Carolina. I typically backpack
with around 30 lbs (13.6 kg) of essential gear (sleeping bag and mat, tent, stove, and
clothes), food and water and usually go for a 2 to 3 days at a time. My current tent and
bag comprise almost half of the pack weight.
Manufacturer: Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Listed weight: 6 oz (170.0 g)
Weight as Delivered: N/T
Product description (from MSR): MSR's Heat Exchanger increases the efficiency of your
stoves up to 25%. The unique waffled design channels the heat from the stove up the sides
of the pot to increase the heated surface area of the pot. The Heat Exchanger is
compatible with all MSR 1.5- and 2-liter pots (with the exception of the Titan 1.5-liter).
I used the MSR heat exchanger on numerous backpacking and car camping trips starting
with its purchase in 2003. At least 8 backpacking trips were taken to the Blackwater State
Forest in Holt, Florida, USA. Temperatures ranged from 65 F (18 C) to 90 F (32 C) plus
humidity (it's Florida after all). It was also used for a weeklong car camping trip starting in
Friday Harbor, Washington, USA, and then through Olympic National Park (Washington
State, USA) in June 2003 where temperatures experienced ranged from 50 F (10 C) to 75 F
(24 C). Wind conditions ranged from calm to breezy (<10 mph or 16 kpm). I even used it
post Hurricane Ivan (September 2004) to prepare meals and increase fuel efficiency since I
had no power for several weeks and was unable to get camp fuel shipped into the area.
Design and Construction:
The MSR heat exchanger is made from gold tinted, lightweight metal (possibly aluminum)
that has been given a corrugated shaping. The circular shape is held true by a metal
bracing that encircles it. There are eyes every 6 in (15.2 cm) that serve to hold the brace
onto the corrugated metal. On one side of the frame, there is a latch that can attach to one
of two eyes on the opposing end of the heat exchanger depending on what size pot is
being used. The thumb wheel then secures the heat exchanger to the pot being used. The
manufacturer claims the product will fit all MSR 1.5 l and 2 l pots (up to 7 in or 17.8 cm
diameter) with the exception of the 1.5 l Titan pot. All together, the entire unit is a mere 6
oz (170 g).
The MSR heat exchanger has been a great addition to my backpacking kitchen. With its
corrugated design, the heat exchanger is claimed to increase heating efficiency by 25%.
While I didn't conduct a quantitative assessment on its performance during my field
excursions, I did seem to note a decrease in heating times when the heat exchanger was
used. I also noted a more even heating in my cooking pots when it was used. All together,
this meant less fuel used during my trips, which equated to less fuel being hiked in.
The design and construction of the heat exchanger are both functional and lightweight.
Securing the heat exchanger to the pot is as simple as sliding your pot into the heat
exchanger and fastening the latch. The latch and thumb wheel assembly are easy to
operate and secured to my pots very well. I did find it tricky to pull my pots off the stove
with the heat exchanger in place. However, having my meal heated up quicker and more
evenly has been well worth the trickiness. The heat exchanger can be nested within the
MSR cookpots, however it doesn't pack up efficiently and takes up precious space that
could be otherwise used for other cooking gear. The other drawback is that the design
can make it tricky to clean in the field when food gets spilled on it. Overall, however, this
device is a great addition to the camp kitchen!
* Stows into MSR cookpots
* Heats quicker and more even than pots alone
* Can be tricky to pull pots off the stove with the pot grabber
* Takes up a bit of space as the brace prevents it from folding up more
* Can be difficult to clean in the field
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- Hi Suzi,
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>Owner Review May 31, 2008EDIT: This will need to be corrected when you submit the OR to the BGT site.
>Weight: 165 lbs (74.8 kg)Edit: We prefer lb to lbs.
>City, State, Country: Anderson, SC, USAEDIT: Spell out South Carolina
>Date: May 31, 2008EDIT: Cut this, you already have it at the top.
>Backpacking Background:Edit: In this section, change lbs to lb.
Edit: Also, you're at 104 words. If any seem unnecessary, you could cut them out. You're
close to 100 though, so it's not a big deal.
>Weight as Delivered: N/TEDIT: I don't know what "N/T" stands for, but it doesn't matter since you do need to weigh
EDIT: Please give some measurements as well (height, diameter does the diameter
>Product description (from MSR):EDIT: Cut this section. You need to describe the product in your own words.
>MSRP: US$39.95EDIT: I couldn't find this product on the MSR website. If the MSRP really is $39.95, then
leave it in. If this is a retail price, cut it.
I used the MSR heat exchanger
EDIT: Heat Exchanger
>on numerous backpacking and car camping trips starting with its purchase in 2003.EDIT: Please say approximately how many trips and how many days it has been used.
>(<10 mph or 16 kpm).EDIT: 16 km/h.
>I even used it post Hurricane Ivan (September 2004) to prepare meals and increase fuelefficiency
EDIT: That's cool information to add about using it at home after the hurricane, but I don't
know what you mean by increasing fuel efficiency. Compared to using something else? It's
>Design and Construction:EDIT: Ah-ha. I think this is your product description. Stick this description stuff up in the
section above. You can use a few quoted words from MSR and/or double-check what they
say to make sure you touched on the key points, but you can't use their whole description.
EDIT: You'll need to start with a first sentence that says what a heat exchanger is. (Is this
a common word are products like this all called "heat exchangers?" I'm asking because
I've never heard of it.)
>On one side of the frame, there is a latch that can attach to one of two eyes on theopposing end of the heat exchanger depending on what size pot is being used.
Comment: So is it only adjustable to two positions?
>All together, the entire unit is a mere 6 oz (170 g).EDIT: Use the weight you measured.
>The MSR heat exchangerEDIT: Heat Exchanger
>Securing the heat exchanger to the pot is as simple as sliding your potEDIT: But I don't have one. You mean YOUR pot.
>into the heat exchangerEDIT: Heat Exchanger
>The latch and thumb wheel assembly are easy to operate and secured to my pots verywell.
EDIT: secured the Heat Exchanger to my pots very well.
>I did find it tricky to pull my pots off the stove with the heat exchanger in place.EDIT: Why?
>The heat exchanger can be nestedEDIT: Heat Exchanger
>MSR cookpotsEdit: cook pots
>however it doesn't pack up efficiently and takes up precious spaceEDIT: Why?
>The other drawback is that the design can make it tricky to clean in the field when foodgets spilled on it.
Edit: How have you remedied this? Or do you wait until you get home?
>Cons:* Can be tricky to pull pots off the stove with the pot grabber
* Takes up a bit of space as the brace prevents it from folding up more
EDIT: You need to mention these specifics in the body of the report as well.