Owner Review of MSR Whisperlite Internationale 600 Stove by Don Taylor
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MSR WHISPERLITE INTERNATIONALE 600 STOVE
BY DON TAYLOR
July 30, 2009
NAME: Don Taylor
EMAIL: anfhiker AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Youngstown, Ohio USA
HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 195 lb (88.50 kg)
For the past 12 years I have been camping/backpacking primarily in Ohio,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia with the Allegheny National
Forest as the most frequented location. My trips are generally long
weekends and I try to camp or hike at least once in all 4 seasons with
the fall being my favorite. My backpacking trips usually consist of 15
mile days and a group of 2-3 other hikers in forested, moderately hilly
areas. I consider myself a lightweight, slow and steady hiker. The
winter hikes often involve heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Manufacturer: MSR<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Stove With Accessories"
IMAGE CAPTION = "Stove With Included Accessories">>
Year of Purchase: 2000
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.msrcorp.com
MSRP: $89.95 US
Listed Weight: 11.5 oz (330 g)
Measured Weight for Stove and Accessories (not including fuel bottle)
13.9 oz (394 g)
Measured Weight for Stove Only: 9.8 oz (278 g)
Stuffed Size: 8 1/2 X 6 1/4 X 4 in (21.6 X 15.9 X 10.2 cm)
The MSR Whisperlite Internationale 600 Stove is a multi fuel backpacking
stove that is capable of burning white gas, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel,
and automobile gas. The stove is not equipped to burn any form of
leaded fuels. The Whisperlite Internationale 600 comes with a fuel
bottle pump, storage bag with draw cord, windscreen, heat reflector,
maintenance tool, a small tube of leather pump cup oil, extra O-Ring
and a second jet that is used for burning kerosene and jet fuel. The
necessary fuel bottle must be purchased separately. The fuel bottles
can be purchased in 11 oz (325 ml), 22 oz (651 ml) and 33 oz (976 ml)
The stove is fitted with three legs, one stationary and two that fold up
against the third to conserve space. The three legs also act as the
cookware supports during use. The legs measure 6 in (15.2 cm) from tip
to tip at the widest points. In addition to the folding legs, the stove
is equipped with a flexible fuel line that allows for storage in tight
spaces such as your cooking pot. The underside of the burner is
comprised of the jet, needle, generator tube, priming wick and priming
cup. When the stove is folded up and stored in the included bag it
measures 8 1/2 X 6 1/4 X 4 in (21.6 X 15.9 X 10.2 cm).
Pressurizing the fuel bottle is accomplished by pumping the plastic
plunger on the included pump. Included on the pump is the fuel control
valve which is marked with a two sided arrow with + or - on each end.
The upper portion of the pump assembly also includes a pump screen and
leather pump cup. The bottom portion of the pump contains a fuel pick
up tube, air tube, fuel bottle O-Ring and check valve assembly.
Assembling the stove is very simple. First unscrew the fuel bottle cap
from the fuel bottle and fill the bottle with fuel up to the fill line.
Then screw the pump into the fuel bottle. Pump the plunger 15-20 times
and insert the stove's fuel line trough the hole in the heat reflector
(if you are using it). Next, rotate the two movable legs into there
slots around the flame reflector. Lubricate the end of the fuel line
with oil or spit and insert it into the fuel tube bushing on the pump.
Finally snap the catch arm into the slot on the pump body assembly.
To light the stove it needs primed first. This step is necessary to
pre-heat the stove to turn the liquid fuel into vapor by heating up the
generator tube. To accomplish this, open the control valve until the
fuel flows through the jet and fills the priming cup 1/2 full. Turn the
control valve off. Light the priming wick. When the priming flame is
down to a small flame (30-60 seconds if you did it right), slowly open
the control valve. You are ready to cook. From time to time you may
need to pump the bottle a few times to maintain pressure. To turn the
stove off, simply turn off the control valve. The bottle is
depressurized by unlocking the catch arm and pulling the fuel line out
of the pump assembly. Then, away from flames, unscrew the pump to
release the pressure.
MSR puts the total burn time at 110 minutes for every 20 oz (600 ml) of
fuel for white gas and 160 minutes for the same amount of kerosene.
They list the boil time for 33.8 oz (1 L) of water for each fuel at 3.5
minutes and 4.4 minutes respectively.
For transport, the manufacturer recommends either leaving the pump
assembly in the fuel bottle or unscrew the pump and replace it with the
fuel bottle cap.
At the time I purchased the stove it came with a five year limited
warranty. It reads:
<i>"Should this product fail during the five year warranty period,
return it to one of our authorized repair facilities. We will repair or
replace it at our option, free of charge. Repairs required due to
improper use or care, negligence, product modification, or accident are
not covered under this warranty agreement, but will be performed at a
nominal charge upon request. The warranty only applies to the original
purchaser. Proof of purchase is required."</i>
For the past 9 years I have used the stove in many different conditions
and locations. The stove has been operated in temperatures ranging from
10 F (-12 C) to 80 F (27 C) and elevations ranging from 600 ft (183 m)
to 5729 ft (1746 m) above sea level. The stove has seen more than a few
rainy and windy days of use.
At 5729 ft (1746 m) I used the stove for a late afternoon bowl of soup
on the summit of Mount Rogers in Virginia. The temperature was in the
40's F (4 C) and it was a windy day on top. This was one of the first
times I operated the stove and one that I won't forget. I bought the
stove on the day before the trip without reading the directions as well
as I should have. I primed the stove and when I lit the white gas it
went up way beyond the size of a normal priming flame catching every
piece of grass and wood around on fire. My hiking partner, fearing the
fuel bottle exploding, reached over and tossed the entire unit like a
grenade out of the area where we were sitting. As this was probably the
worst thing he could have done, the fiery mess grew and took more than a
few of our water bottles to put out. Even after being tossed, the
stove, pump and fuel bottle worked great after being re-primed. Still
to this day, priming the stove can be difficult, especially in low light
conditions. Getting the priming cup filled up only half way can be
difficult as it seems that how much fuel initially comes out depends on
how pressurized the fuel bottle is. <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT =
"Stove with Wind Screen" IMAGE CAPTION = "Stove With Heat Reflector and
During a trip to the northern region of the Allegheny National Forest,
we camped and cooked in temperatures of 10 F (-12 C). The stove
performed great, even in the morning after sitting in the cold and snow
all night. It lit without issue even while a hiking partner was having
a lot of trouble getting his propane canister powered stove lit due to
the freezing cold.
I have used the included windscreen and heat reflector only once to try
it out. I have operated the stove in what I would consider moderately
windy conditions without the windscreen and without problems. Once the
stove is lit, it has operated flawlessly even in moderate rain showers.
The stove cools very quickly after use which makes it very useful for a
quick cup of coffee or soup during a break. I have found that I can
boil water and then pack the stove away 5 minutes after I shut it down.
To pack it up for the trail, I keep the stove in the included bag along
with the spare parts, windscreen, heat reflector, instructions and
lighter. The bag with the stove in it fits perfectly in my 54 oz (1.6
L) cooking pot. I keep the pumping assembly in the fuel bottle while
hiking and I have not experienced any issues with it.
The stove does get a build up of soot on it rather quickly. I have
burned white gas and jet fuel (I work at an airport and had to give it
try) and I found that the jet fuel left significantly more soot behind
and I did not notice any significant difference in performance.
For boiling time verification, I timed the stove with 33.8 oz (1 L) of
water in a pot during a 74 F (23.3 C) day at 1196 f (365 m) elevation
and found that it took 4 minutes to bring the water to a rolling boil
which is only 30 seconds longer than the manufacturer states in the
instructions. In the field I have found the boiling time to be very
adequate. Simmering on the other hand can be very difficult. There is
a very fine line between simmer and off and it changes depending on the
amount of pressure in the fuel bottle. I have found that the best way
to simmer is to leave the pressure in the bottle low however this can be
difficult in a boil-then-simmer cooking operation.
Through all the use, I have never had to break the stove down to
disassemble and clean it. For the purpose of this review, I
disassembled the stove, cleaned it and put it back together in less than
25 minutes. This included several interruptions from my wife wondering
what the heck I was doing on her living room floor. The included
directions are very easy to read and follow.
I have yet to run out of fuel on a trip. On one of my longer and higher
use trips during the winter, I used the stove twice a day to boil water
for coffee and for soups/noodles for 5 days. I have the 22 oz (651 ml)
bottle and I remember it being 1/4 full at the end of the trip. I was
not conserving fuel by any means and I let a few hiking buddies use it
for coffee on more than one occasion. I have read that the user should
plan on 4 oz (118 ml) of fuel per day for 2 times a day use. From my
experience this would be sufficient.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Over Prime" IMAGE CAPTION = "A Little
Extra Primer">>Overall I have found the stove very easy to setup, use,
tear down and clean. Priming and simmering can be tricky, even after
learning from frequent uses, but neither is a major issue. I would
definitely recommend that the stove not be used in the vestibule of a
tent, even when it is very tempting in the dark and cold of a winter
In low light conditions, seeing the + and - signs on the fuel control
knob can be very difficult. I would recommend that a bright dot be
placed on one side for easy recognition.
In the field I have found that the stove boils very effectively under
all conditions that I have experienced. I have yet to need the
windscreen or heat reflector to make the stove operate effectively.
Even during moderate rains, the stove has performed without issue.
As quickly as the stove heats up, it cools down which allows for a quick
pack up and go. The included bag is the perfect size for storing the
stove without having to pack it in too tightly or bend the fuel line too
far. The stove folds up and packs very fast and easy. The design of
the pump assembly allows it to remain in the fuel bottle during hiking
without causing any major issues. I still would not store it inside my
pack however. I keep mine in an outside pocket.
I would rate the stove's temperature control as average. The fuel
control does not have what I would call precision control especially at
the low end. I have found that by keeping the pressure in the bottle
high by pumping it from time to time during cooking, I have been able to
control the temperature much more effectively except for very low
simmering where I have found that keeping the bottle pressure low works
I do not get into really fancy cooking while on the trail. I find that
I primarily use the stove to boil then simmer for a bit while stirring
in spices or cheese for the noodles. This stove has met those needs.
Through 9 years of use, the stove has operated maintenance free through
a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.
THINGS I LIKE
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Storage of Stove" IMAGE CAPTION = "Fits
Easily Into My Cooking Pot">>Quick Boil Time
Easy to Store and Pack
Easy to Break Down, Clean and Reassemble
No Maintenance over the Past 9 Years of Use
Quick Cool Down Time
Quick Set Up Time
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Priming Can be Tricky
Simmering Can be Difficult
+ And - Symbols on the Fuel Control Knob are Hard to See, Especially in
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I am going to be gone hiking over the weekend, so don't be irked if you jump right on this and I do not respond. Normally I am fairly quick.
This is a nice job on your second review. I too had one of these stoves for many years.
*** My backpacking trips usually consist of 15 mile days
EDIT: you need the metric conversion too
EDIT: you need the full name at least once, Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
***MSRP: $89.95 US
EDIT: A MSR does not list their prices this should be N/A
***Listed Weight: 11.5 oz (330 g)
***Measured Weight for Stove and Accessories (not including fuel bottle) 13.9 oz (394 g)
EDIT: the listed weight is stove only, they have another weight complete, you should include both and label as such to go along with both your weights.
***The MSR Whisperlite Internationale 600 Stove
EDIT: the correct spelling is as MSR has it, "WhisperLite". Please correct all instances of this.
Also, where does the "600" come from? Mine was an old one (1993) and did not have the number. Was this something between then and now?
*** In addition to the folding legs, the stove is equipped with a flexible fuel line that allows for storage in tight spaces such as your cooking pot.
EDIT: we try to avoid the use of words like "you" and "your" to avoid projection. Keep the review in the first person by saying "my cookpot".
*** Pump the plunger 15-20 times and insert the stove's fuel line trough the hole in the heat reflector
EDIT: "through" the hole
*** Next, rotate the two movable legs into there slots around the flame reflector.
EDIT: into "their" slots
***To light the stove it needs primed first.
EDIT: it needs "to" be primed first
*** When the priming flame is down to a small flame (30-60 seconds if you did it right), slowly open the control valve. You are ready to cook. From time to time you may need to pump the bottle a few times to maintain pressure.
EDIT: lots of "you"s here
Remember the Toby Keith song "I Wanna talk about Me"? Now make it "I'm Gonna Write about Me"
I'm gonna write about me
gonna write about I
gonna write about number one
Oh my me my
What I think, where I hike, what I know, what I use, what I see
I know it's natural saying, you you you you, usually, but at BGT,
I'm gonna write about meeeeee
Yeah, only write about me
Copyright Rayby Keith
***At the time I purchased the stove it came with a five year limited warranty. It reads:
Edit: since the warranty is long expired it is not useful to have this here. In fact I used to put warranty info in all my reviews and was told by Jerry (the man) that it is not really necessary, nor desired. So now I don't.
***I have burned white gas and jet fuel (I work at an airport and had to give it try)
Comment: all us red-blooded guys salute you. (Some with burn scars I am sure )