User Review: MSR MicroRocket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59
This stove is compact and light. When folded up it fits into a container about half the size of a beer can. With the spark lighter no matches are needed!
- Fast to set up
- Compact and light
- Comes with ignighter
- Uses any screw-on canister
- Storage case cheap plastic.
- A little slow in cold weather
- The smallest MSR branded canisters are kinda big compared to the Giga Power small canisters
Setting up the stove is a simple matter of removing it from its storage case, unfolding the pot supports, screwing the stove into the canister and lighting it. The burner separator allows it to stay lit in windy conditions. The flame can be reduced quite low to keep things simmering.
The fuel efficiency is lower in cold conditions because the stove is less efficient. The stove is fairly stable but one must watch the pot position on the supports. It's easy to get it off to one side. The canister forms frost on the sides while in-use. Be careful to dry this off before storing to avoid getting things in your pack wet.
The Giga Power cartridges are smaller that the smallest MSR cartridge and I opted for those. Heated over a gallon of water with one cartridge with fuel still remaining.
On its maiden voyage it performed quite well. Although a little slower and less efficient in the cold, the size and ease of use make it more desirable than liquid fuel stoves I've used in the past.