M Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
by Brad Groves and Ryan Jordan
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Brad: Humor me, if you would. Pretend this isn’t a product review. Pretend that we’re hoisting a pint while talking gear, and get caught up in a discussion on backpacking stoves… It strikes me as a glaring discrepancy that we have canister-mounted stoves weighing less than two ounces, but the lightest (readily available) remote-canister stoves weigh at least three times as much. Take, for example, the Snowpeak Litemax, at 1.9 ounces, and the MSR Windpro, at 6.6 ounces. HUH? I mean, let’s see… you separate the canister-mount stove from its valve, add a fuel line, and a few legs. Where the heck does all the weight come in?!
Ryan: I would love a remote canister stove that weighs 3.5 oz. I would love it more if I could use it in the winter and run it in inverted canister mode for a liquid feed. I would love it even more if it could replace my MSR WindPro for both group cooking (2.5 to 4.5L pots) and winter cooking and snowmelting chores. I know, I know. What do you expect for 3.5 oz? So, we'll let Brad approach this review as a wise and cautious reviewer might, so that he can counsel you into a wise recommendation about this stove's performance-to-weight ratio. As for me, I'll try to give my perspective on Reckless Use Scenarios (RUS's) that might be well outside the scope of both manufacturer recommendations and the types of activities practiced by the traditional (is there such a thing?) ultralight backpacker.
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