Robert Mohid wrote: "Would it be optimistic for me to theorise that MSR was made aware of this issue long ago and that the current delay in the release of this product is due to attempt to address this? Since I haven't heard of any lawsuit slapped against Roger and bpl by msr, i remain hopeful."
Robert, as stated in the article, we (Roger and myself) communicated with MSR from the moment the test results came off our testing line and were confirmed. To their credit, they were concerned, of course, and promised us their analysis after they had the chance to test it. I haven't heard further from them, but I certainly expect to. They've always been very forthright in their communication and delivering on their promises.
Of course, MSR's position is a pretty safe and simple one: don't cook in tents.
In that respect, so long as you're using the Reactor outdoors and aren't sniffing fumes within inches of the stove while it's running at low power, it should serve you well.
It's that VERY SIGNIFICANT FRACTION OF YOU OUT THERE THAT ARE LOOKING TO COOK IN A TENT WITH THIS STOVE (hey, don't deny it, I have your emails and forum posts to prove it haha!!) then I'd be extremely concerned for your safety.
Whether or not MSR will address the CO issue is probably a moot point from the perspective of their legal team because they would never condone cooking in tents. However, they are certainly aware of the fact that their customers do indeed cook in tents, and sometimes, they do so with MSR's XGK and Whisperlites. Hey, I raise my hand, I'm guilty. It's scary, yes, but sometimes, high on a mountain, bad storm, and you need water, you do it. It's one of those risks.
I don't know if Roger had a chance to see the production version of the stove, and I didn't have a chance to review the prototype he received, but I'm trying to compare the intake vent pattern and chimney vent pattern between my production version and the pictures of Roger's prototype version, and I'm not seeing any differences, so my suspicion is that this CO issue is going to be an issue with the production version <<< *** SPECULATIVE SO, ASSESS THE QUALITY OF THIS STATEMENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
If I had to bet money, my own personal history with MSR indicates that they will indeed improve CO emissions on this stove, so that they will improve its safety for the fraction of their customer base to which they do not desire to sell to (those that cook in tents) but they lack the ability to control end use, so they will mitigate risks in meaningful ways, and when they do, they'll have us repeat the tests and publish the results to prove. MSR does indeed have that sort of integrity as a company. So, be patient.
The real problem is that CO emissions are next-to-meaningless for most mfrs because no one will ever condone cooking in a tent.
Here's my personal advice.
- I cook in tents when I have to, and seldom when I don't.
- I do as much research as possible and try to make informed decisions.
- I don't rely on manufacturer recommendations for anything, whether conservative or liberal.
- Don't cook in tents if you don't understand any of this or are otherwise hearing things like "huh?", "why?", "what an idiot!", etc. in your head right now.
- Don't use an MSR Reactor at low power in a tent.