User Review: Soto Micro Regulator Stove
Price Paid: $23 includes tax
I found this stove at a REI gear sale and decide to take it with me on a snow camping trip to Lassen Nat'l Park a few weeks ago as a backup.
I tested this stove mainly for making water from snow using 1.5 oz water at the base of the pot to start and keeping it consistent. I used a MSR 110 gram canister that I had kept warm ( 50-60 s)and Temp was 23-25 degrees in a covered (ditch) next to the snow cave.
I was able to bring to a slight rolling boil (small bubbles forming) 8 liters of water out of snow each taking 6-7 min from fresh powder. The stove was running at about 3 /4 full during that time. There was no changes in the flame / output during the whole time even when the canister was getting cold, we ran that stove for about 45-50 mins straight when we made our fresh water. We used a Primus Eta pot 1L with the lid (has heat fins at the base).
I tested that canister when we came home, ran another 3-4 mins before the stove went out
I also own a Pocket rocket , I think its going to be replaced.
This is a true 4 season stove, don't pass it up. my friend wants one of these stoves too after our trip.
Only drawback is the igniter, need to turn the stove valve pass half way to 3/4 to light it.