MSR Whisperlite Camp Stove
Owner review: June 21, 2009
[WhisperLite liquid-fuel stove]
About the tester
Name: Brandon Beyer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lb
Email address: docfreezy@...
City, State, Country: Nashville, TN U.S.A
I have been backpacking for about 12 years now. I have done everything
from day trips to long weekends, to multiple week trips. I rely heavily
on my gear and I take it very seriously. I like to pack light so weight
is a large factor in my decision of what to pack on my treks. I have
backpacked in the Colorado Rockies, Michigan, Tennessee and Washington
11 oz / 305 g
14.5 oz / 410 g
Burn time (white gas) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel
Boil time (white gas), 1 liter
Water boiled (white gas) per 100 ml of fuel
Water boiled (white gas) per 1 oz. of fuel
Country of Origin
Made in Seattle, USA
From MSR website:
The WhisperLite camp stove has been the one to choose on outdoor
adventurers for more than 20 years. Backpackers, climbers, hikers and
adventure travelers alike have come to rely on its easy-to-use design
and durable, stainless steel and brass construction to deliver
dependable performance in most any situation.
[*] Proven: Trusted and field-proven performance for more than
[*] Reliable: Simple, durable design.
[*] Compact: Flexible fuel line folds small and fits in most
[*] Field Maintainable: Shaker Jet technology and smart
engineering allows complete cleaning and maintenance in the field.
The Whisperlite camp stove comes in a nylon bag which includes:
[*] Aluminum wind screen for windy conditions
[*] Aluminum Heat ring to deflect heat from the ground
[*] Repair kit with multi tool and pump cup oil
[*] Stove with attached fuel line
[*] Fuel bottle pressure supply valve
***MSR approved fuel bottle sold separately***
The Whisperlite camp stove is a lightweight well built stove for
backcountry camping and mountaineering. It connects easily to the MSR
approved fuel bottle using the included and attached fuel hose. It
stands about four inches tall and is very stable if you find a level
place to use it. The pot holders are plenty wide for most backpacking
cookware. To light this stove you have to prime the fuel cup on the
bottom. You do this by pumping the pressure valve attached to the fuel
bottle a few times. Once you see a little fuel in the cup, you know
it's getting where it needs to be. All you have to do is light the
fuel in the cup and let it warm up the stove valve. Once the valve is
warmed up it will start to hiss and the burner will ignite. This
usually takes about a minute. You can then turn up the fuel supply
valve a little and you're ready to cook. If it's windy you can
use the supplied wind screens to block some of the wind. The foil wind
blockers also do a great job of preserving heat therefore making the
stove more efficient.
I have used the Whisperlite stove in all kinds of conditions. Ranging
from its intended use, cooking; to a heat source in rainy conditions. I
have used it year round for about 10 years. It performs excellent in
all scenarios. It boils water in about 5-7 minutes. This stove has
made camp meals in the winter, summer, spring and fall, in the woods,
the desert and the mountains, with little to no problems. From sub zero
temperatures to 130 Fahrenheit +. A 20 oz. fuel bottle will generally
make about 10 meals if your being conscious of your fuel consumption.
I recently encountered my first problem with it but it was very easily
fixed. I had a fuel leak coming from the fuel supply valve. Luckily I
kept the repair kit and the pump cup oil in my cooking kit. With the
multi-tool supplied in the kit I tightened the valve and it was just
like new. As I said earlier, I have owned this stove for quite some
time. I have put it through its paces and it still remains my favorite
piece of gear. Any altitude, any conditions.
The MSR Whisperlite camp stove is a good choice if you want a dependable
well built stove. However there are lighter options to fill this need.
Propane stoves for example are generally lighter but you will have to
carry more fuel and that takes up space when you are backpacking. On
extended trips I think white gas fuel is a better option. Simmering can
be a bit difficult with this stove but if you relieve the pressure from
the fuel bottle and turn the jet on low it will simmer. You just have
to play with it a bit. All in all this is a great tool to have.
Things I like:
[*] Sturdy construction.
[*] Fits into most backpacking cooking kits.
[*] Wind screens are very helpful.
[*] Fuel can double as a fire starter.
Things I dislike:
[*] Priming can be a pain but can be a good hand warmer.
[*] Cooking on uneven surface can be tricky but do-able.
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