145 forum posts
Just saw this review by Ed B.
I read all the reviews and thought I was getting the next best stove since sliced bread. However, three days into a 10-day trail the piece of sh*@ crapped out on me. Tried everything, stripped it clean and replaced practically everything you could and it just wouldn't go. I am supposing I got a lemon, but who knows. My faith in this stove is gone and I wouldn't trust it on a long trek ever again. I did love the compact case, simmer control, and the flip top fuel cut off option however the MSR stoves owned by others on my trip made me look bad. Especially after I spent so much time bragging how this stove was suppose to be the cat's meow. Decided to go buy the MSR Dragon Fly.
and have had similar experience with this stove -- it is certainly very temperamental. A few of the issues I've encountered:
1) disconnecting the stove from the fuel bottle pump before it is completely depressurized...the quick disconnect doesn't seal and it spews fuel until all pressure in the bottle is gone.
2) pressurizing the fuel bottle before attaching the stove...the pressure counteracts and prevents attach the fuel line, but the quick release valve remains open and dispenses fuel until all pressure in the bottle is gone.
3) fuel filter clogs. I suspect this to be the root cause of Ed B.'s frustration. The fuel filter itself is the size of a small ball bearing so if using anything other than the cleanest fuel the thing clogs. Replacements come in a package repair kit for about $15!!! but I bet these things cost pennies to make and should be sold by the gross as easily as they clog. I had a weeklong frustation with my stove before I figured out the cause -- took nearly 200 pumps to push fuel past the filter (when working properly 25 pumps is enough).
Never had such difficulties with my whisperlite. That said when it burns, it burns hotter at full throttle, can simmer, packs smaller, is more stable, hey it has a lot of things I like better than the whisperlite. Still can't help but think it too iffy to rely on if it really mattered.
I'm going to continue taking it out, figuring I'll eithers master the thing in the next few trips or toss it in the trash. Maybe I am being too patient and no gear should be this hard, but my son gave it to me as a gift and I will keep giving it a shot when we go out together -- that is until we figure it out completely or are both so frustrated with it it has to go.