> Seattle, WA, June 29th, 2007 — Stringent Testing Protocol
> Results in Minor Design Adjustment
> SEATTLE, Washington – MSR (Mountain Safety Research), the
> Seattle-based manufacturer of proven backcountry gear for
> demanding users, today announced that the MSR Reactor
> Stove System, previously scheduled for release in spring
> of 2007 is not ready for release yet.
Er, yes, quite...
> As Seattle-based production increased and stoves were put
> through MSR’s stringent testing protocols, the majority of
> units met demanding test standards; however, a minority
> fell short of a particular worst-case combustion condition
> test, and produced higher than desired levels of Carbon
> Monoxide (CO).
Hum - I thought the CO level was an inevitable consequence of the combustion chamber design myself. I guess I dispute the word 'minority'.
> Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of all fuel-burning stoves,
> and although the elevated levels produced by the Reactor
> would have posed little appreciable CO risk to those using
> the stove as directed,
'as directed": 6 feet from your tent in a howling blizzard...
But, I also demonstrated a small design change which would largely solve that problem, and supplied that info to them, so there is hope yet. Whether that will be the solution they eventually adopt, I do not know.
The unresolved question is whether anyone would ever want to run the Reactor at full power? Has MSR understood that few users ever use really full power? Does the machismo race for advertising rights to 'maximum power' benefit walkers at all? That's where stoves like the Snow Peak GST100 and similar by other vendors win: superb control.