REPOST: MSR Dragonfly Stove - Roger Ault
- Mr. Caffin,
I sincerely appreciate the change in tone. I hope it doesn't cause
friction to persist.
I have made the changes, and will endeavor to be more vigilant in the
I considered changing the "fuel valves" to "control valves" I have
not done so purely because I did not want to create further delays.(I
did not change anything except as noted in this edit) However if you
still wish for the change to be made I will make it.
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MSR DRAGONFLY STOVE
BY ROGER AULT
February 18, 2009
NAME: Roger Ault
LOCATION: Spencer, Indiana USA
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 276 lb (125.00 kg)
I have been camping for several years. I had limited chances as a
child but have been camping a lot the past 20 years. I love
backpacking and consider myself moderately equipped although I can
never have enough gear. I want to spend more time winter camping. I
typically carry 25 - 45 pounds (~11 - 20 kg). I generally use a tent
for shelter. I generally hike in the woods and rolling hills of
Manufacturer: Mountain Safety Research
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.msrgear.com/" LINK TEXT = "msrgear.com">>
MSRP: US $129.95
Listed Weight: 14 oz (395 g) stove with pump
Measured Weight: 13.5 oz (383 g)
Folded dimensions of stove: 5.5 X 6.5 X 4 in (140 X 165 X 102 mm)
(including fuel hose)
Open dimensions of stove: 9 X 7 X 4 in (229 X 178 X 102 mm)
(including fuel hose)
Fuel Bottle: 22 oz (650 ml) capacity 2.9 X 9.25 in (74 X 235 mm) 5 oz
(142 g) (others available)
Field weight: Stove, pump, stuff sack, windscreen, maintenance kit,
empty 22 oz (650 ml) fuel bottle 23 oz (652 g)
Fuel types: (as stated by manufacturer) White gas, kerosene, unleaded
gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. I have always used white gas. Tonight
I tried some diesel fuel and found it less volatile but with a small
effort it seemed to work fair. White gas is preferable to me for it's
clean burning and being easier to get going.
The Dragonfly has three stainless steel wire leg/pot supports which
also support the burner base and burner. These fold in and snap in
place to pack away. They also provide a very stable surface for the
stove base and a pot. The burner is suspended in a heavy aluminum
base and pivots to pack away.One fuel valve protrudes out the side
and has the fuel hose attached. The fuel hose clips into the fuel
pump and there is a second fuel valve located at the pump. The pump
screws into the fuel bottle, which is pressurized by pumping.
The Dragonfly stove comes with a windscreen, fuel pump, instructions,
maintenance kit, stuff sack as well as the stove itself. Altogether
17.5 oz (496 g). It is possible to shave a couple ounces (57 g) by
leaving the windscreen at home.
Fuel bottles are sold separately and are available in 3 sizes at
$10.95 - $14.95 MSRP. I have a 22 oz and it will last for a few days
for a couple of people.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "MSR Dragonfly" IMAGE CAPTION
= "courtesy msrgear.com">>
I have used this stove for several years in all types of weather and
temps from 0 F to 95 F (-18 C - 35 C). I use it for backpacking as
well as car camping. I tend to prefer my "regular gear" even when car
camping. I carry a 22 oz (650 ml) fuel bottle which is made of
aluminum and also available from MSR. This stove has always performed
quite well for me. The area here in Indiana, USA is generally 500 -
1000 ft (152 - 305 m). I spend a great deal of my time just wandering
here in Indiana and hoping to do more traveling in the future.
Setup is literally a snap. I just snap open the three wire pot
supports/legs and connect to the fuel pump after removing the cap
from the fuel bottle and inserting the pump. The fuel tube inserts
into the pump and is clipped in place with a wire retainer. I always
place the bottle stopper cap in the bag when using the stove to keep
track of it. It is gray and not very large so it could probably be
lost easily. (Maybe I should paint it a bright color?) I keep a
butane lighter in the pouch the stove packs in. This works well but a
match works even better and I always carry matches everywhere I go.
The first time or two using it was a little tricky to get the correct
amount of fuel to prime the stove successfully. After that it has
become quite easy and functions as I feel it should. I really like
the fact that it can go from a light simmer to a blowtorch and
virtually anywhere in between with the two fuel adjustments provided.
One control valve is on the fuel pump and a second one at the stove.
With a little practice I found this works very well.
At temperatures near 0F (-18C) getting going can take just a little
more priming. I usually start to open the valve and if it doesn't
generate a flame I back off and allow more more priming fuel to burn
to produce more heat. After it is burned I can slowly open the fuel
valve to produce a usable flame.
I also like the stability of this stove. There is a large pot support
surface that works very well. The base is large enough that once a
nice level spot is located this stove sits quite steadily. It packs
easily into the MSR Blacklite pot that I generally use. I have also
put my stainless steel coffee cup on the "cup" (main burner cup) of
this stove and lightly simmered to keep coffee warm in cold weather.
Meals can vary from dehydrated meals purchased in advance to going to
the grocery and getting creative. It usually just depends on my mood
and if I feel like going for the dehydrated meals. These are not
available in grocery stores and tend to be a little expensive yet
very convenient. Quickly heating water and being able to eat in a few
minutes leaves more time to enjoy the surroundings.
I have seen where some question the plastic fuel pump. My experience
has been good with this pump and only minor cleaning and maintenance
has been necessary so far in several years of use. Maintenance and
repairs can be done in the field, however I prefer to do all I can at
home. Some of the parts are quite small and could easily be lost
outdoors. If I do any work in the field it has to be done on a towel
or something where any dropped parts can be easily seen.
This stove performs well and has held up nicely over the years. It is
not ultra compact or ultralight but is packable inside a pot and is
not that heavy for the many features provided. I like to cook on the
trail and this stove does an excellent job. The manufacturer states
multiple fuels can be used although I have only used white gas while
camping. The fuel jet can be cleaned by shaking and should be done
regularly. MSR claims 126 minutes of burn time on 20 oz (600 ml)
white gas fuel. I have never actually timed a tank of fuel but it
does seem to last well. Boil times vary but I have experienced
anywhere from a little over 3 minutes up to near 4 minutes for
approximately one quart (.95 L).
I feel this is a dependable and versatile stove even though for
weight and compactness it is neither the lightest nor the smallest. I
cannot say how it would do at higher altitudes because I have never
done any climbing.
THINGS I LIKE
1) Adjustability of flame.
2) Stability of stove with larger pots
3) Multi fuel capability
4) Aluminum fuel bottle with good sealing cap
5) Low fuel consumption
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
The windscreen that is supplied is not that strong and could be
better. I have found that placing rocks or pieces of wood around
generally serves the purpose for me.
Roger D. Ault
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