User Review: MSR SimmerLite
Price Paid: $99.95
For years I used an alcohol stove, but recently I wanted something with more power. I tried a Fyrestorm but that went back due to defect and high cost. Then came the Simmerlite which seemed to be a winner. I found quality, design, weight, compactness and low noise are top features but flame control is not. The name and mfg claims are very misleading when it comes to flame control. There is some change but far from a simmer. I could not turn down enough to prevent boil on red beans and rice and ended up burning. My old Trangia could be dampered enough to simmer and required little stirring. The Simmerlite required constant stirring and still it burned food.
After I got home I read tips on how to simmer with Wisperlite and applied to Simmerlite. It helped but not much. If I wanted a stove that required special tricks to simmer I would had purchased a Wisperlite and save a few bucks. If you want very low output for simmering this is not the stove. While it does provide some flame control it's not enough to factor in when considering. Glad stores I deal with have great return policies since I'm going to make another purchase.