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MSR Wind Pro

in Stoves - Canister

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4.60 / 5 (5 reviews)


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Eric Blumensaadt
( Danepacker )

Locale:
Mojave Desert
MSR Wind Pro on 01/11/2007 02:25:39 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This stove is a "remote canister" type W/ a braided stainless line from the canister to the 3- legged burner.
"Wind Pro" means you can, and should, use a full windscreen around the stand-alone burner. The three pot supports are notched on top for better friction on pot bottoms and are wide enough for stability with larger pots. A nice feature of the burner (which looks like a Whisperlite burner)is that it has a wide flame ring to avoid hot spots in the center of a pot.
It is definitely much heavier than a Pocket Rocket burner but, due to the burner being remote from the canister, one can bake with a Backpacker's Pantry fiberglass oven, which is one reason I bought this stove. It is SO much lighter than my MSR Dragonfly Multi-Fuel stove that I'm very happy with it as a summertime replacement -for CAR camping, not backpacking. I'd only use it for backpacking if I was cooking for a group.
And, in cold weather, I can always turn the remote canister upside down to get liquid fuel in the line & vaporize it W/ some crumbled ESBIT tab material in the burner to get it started if need be.

Edited by Danepacker on 05/05/2009 22:20:58 MDT.

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Michael Davis
( mad777 )

Locale:
South Florida
Great remote canister for winter use on 07/05/2008 07:08:26 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for winter camping.

It's operation is relatively fiddle free. I use the canister in the inverted mode in order to drain all the liquid butane out of the canister, which otherwise would remain behind, after the propane has burned off. This way, I get efficient use of the fuel, that only a remote canister stove can give, because at winter temperatures, the typical upright canister stove can't vaporize the butane, which is 70% or more of the fuel.

The stove is sturdy and stable. It lights easily. One trick I use is to hold the lighter under the pre-heat tube momentarily, just before lighting the burner. This insures that the initial flow of fuel is vaporized by the time it reaches the burner.

My only wish for improvement is that the hose connection should be on a swivel. The placement of the inverted canister is tricky due to the lack of a swivel connector.

Jonathon Rogers
( signet77 )

Locale:
East TN
Great winter canister stove on 01/06/2009 13:04:56 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have been using this stove for a few months now on several southeast winter trips. I usually use a GigaPower in the summer but wanted a stove with the option to invert the canister when temps fall below that required to vaporize the butane in the canister.

I was a bit hesitant to replace my reliable Whisperlite which I have used for years in winter but the weight savings of a 33oz white gas bottle and 15oz stove vs. 17oz for the 8oz canister and the Windpro were too hard to pass up.

The stove has been used both in above and below freezing temps with the lowest temperature use at around 5 degrees F. With the canister inverted, it worked flawlessly and boiled a liter of water in about 5 minutes.

I have also tested it after leaving it in the freezer at zero degrees F for a day and it fired right up.

I have found an 8 oz canister to last for about 4-5 days for 2 people.

I would recommend this stove without reservation for those who are looking for a winter canister stove. I won't be going back to white gas.

John Adams
( scsjohn )

Locale:
Midwest
Great Winter Stove on 01/19/2009 19:13:54 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Just took the Windpro out for a few days in Michigan and it was great. The temps were anywhere from 25 down to 5 and it started right up each time (with an inverted canister). I agree with the others that the only thing that keeps this from being a 5 is that there is no swivel for the canister. It is supposed to remain upright. Otherwise a stellar product.

Robert Bryant
( KG4FAM )

Locale:
Upstate
Good Stove on 03/10/2009 15:29:26 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I bought mine secondhand hoping that everything that I had read about inverting the canister would work. It works fine with the canister inverted and I don't see any problems running it that way. Even in normal configuration this stove puts out a ton of heat. This is now my winter stove. If you don't want to fool with white gas this is the trick. I am a very happy owner.

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