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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Remote Canister stove Recommendations on 01/27/2013 16:26:24 MST Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 04/16/2013 13:44:04 MDT.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Remote Canister stove Recommendations on 01/27/2013 17:29:20 MST Print View

I dig my windpro.

-7oz
MSR quality

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: Re: Remote Canister stove Recommendations on 01/27/2013 18:51:44 MST Print View

I haven't gotten my hands on one yet but the new Optimus Vega should be a great stove. I have a Windpro but this should be better.

Optimus quality > MSR quality IMHO

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Remote Canister stove Recommendations on 01/27/2013 19:21:38 MST Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 04/16/2013 13:48:12 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
windpro on 01/27/2013 19:34:52 MST Print View

very happy w/ my windpro for shoulder season use (use a lighter canister stove or wood for "summer")- the new windpro allows easy inverting

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: windpro on 01/27/2013 19:43:36 MST Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 04/16/2013 13:47:06 MDT.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: windpro on 01/27/2013 20:56:21 MST Print View

+1 on the Windpro II (the new one). I like how easy it is to invert canister. Haven't tried the Optimus, but I'm happy with my MSR.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: windpro on 01/28/2013 20:04:28 MST Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 04/16/2013 13:46:36 MDT.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Kovea on 01/28/2013 20:54:47 MST Print View

FWIW, I think you would be hard pressed to find anything lighter weight or cheaper than the KOVEA NEW SPIDER STOVE KB-1109 being sold on eBay for ~US$60.

Mark Montag
(SanJuans)
fire-maple on 01/28/2013 21:42:35 MST Print View

I've not used one but have been looking at the Fire-Maple FMS-118 - I'm curious if the Soto windscreen - or a modified version would fit the head - that little windscreen is incredibly effective. Add a heat exchange pot and you're good to go.

http://fire-maple.com/products_del.html?news_id=73&c_id=5&cate_id=8

http://www.backcountrygear.com/soto-micro-windscreen.html

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Two candidates on 01/28/2013 22:00:34 MST Print View

I have two remote canister stoves:

1. MSR Windpro

2. Brunton convertable kit - converts any Lindal valve canister-top stove to a remote canister stove. (Mine is a Brunton Crux)
BUT... It is no longer sold. I hear the Chinese make a version (Maple Fire or some such name).

Don't forget a good windscreen. I prefer MSR's windscreens.

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Remote Canister stove Recommendations on 01/28/2013 22:18:42 MST Print View

Primus Express Spider hasn't been mentioned yet. 7 oz and can usually be had for $50 or so. Roger C review here: https://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/primus_express_spider_stove_review.html

edit: Sorry Stephen, just noticed it had been mentioned...

Edited by brendans on 01/28/2013 22:20:11 MST.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
gas consumption on 01/29/2013 00:30:46 MST Print View

I used my Primus omnilite on a 2 day trip and was horrified to see it almost call consumed 100gm gas\day melting snow and boiling water two times a day. I will be switching to whitegas and surprised to see you going the other way.

jason quick
(jase)

Locale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
MYOG inverted Windpro on 01/29/2013 01:56:40 MST Print View

I MYOG'd my Windpro about 6 years ago...inverting the canister by using a Jetboil canister stand with mods. The only change I noticed is that it became very sensitive...small changes in the dial led to disproportionately large changes in flame output. That's ok though...I knew my stove well, and what to expect.

I had to also mod the hose configuration too (nothing big...just a tweak in the way it sits).....awesome.

I use it in conjunction with a Jetboil Ti Group Cooking System pot...with the flux ring heat exchanger...which slots in beautifully into the pot stand of the Windpro.

Anyways, with an MYOG Ti windscreen, it works an absolute treat.

Ryan Bressler
(ryanbressler) - F
Re: fire-maple/kovea on 01/29/2013 09:53:58 MST Print View

I posted a few weeks ago but the fms-118 doesn't cut it for cold weather use. See my blog post for details:

http://blog.hillmap.com/2013/01/fire-maple-fms-118-sputters-in-cold-vs.html

I would have reservations about the Kovea as well as the preheat system looks similar.

Wind pro II gets my vote.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: fire-maple/kovea on 01/29/2013 10:06:47 MST Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 04/16/2013 13:45:13 MDT.

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - M

Locale: Western Washington
fuel for Spider? on 01/29/2013 13:01:46 MST Print View

Can someone tell me what fuel the Spider uses? Would I have to get their cannister only, or is it compatible with some other cannister?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: fire-maple/kovea on 01/29/2013 15:41:43 MST Print View

Ryan wrote:
> I posted a few weeks ago but the fms-118 doesn't cut it for cold weather use.
> I would have reservations about the Kovea as well as the preheat system looks similar.

I don't know what Ryan's problems were, but we suspect a partially blocked jet. Both the FMS-118 and the Kovea Spider work perfectly well on my bench. I would trust both of them in the cold.

Cheers

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Re: fire-maple/kovea on 01/29/2013 15:44:26 MST Print View

"I don't know what Ryan's problems were, but we suspect a partially blocked jet"

Aha! More evidence that inverted canister isn't as simple as upright : )

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: fire-maple/kovea on 02/01/2013 09:24:59 MST Print View

I was in a similar position not long ago and narrowed it down to the MSR Windpro II, the Primus Express Spider, and the Kovea Spider.

I ended up with the Kovea Spider primarily because it seemed to be the most compact and lightest of the bunch. It has worked very well on the few outings I've been on since I got it, with the low temperature being around 10F so far. The biggest downside was waiting two weeks for it to be shipped from Korea, but I've been pleased with my choice.

-David