MSR Delays Release of Reactor Stove System

MSR (Mountain Safety Research) announced today that the Reactor Stove System, previously scheduled for release in spring of 2007, is not ready for release yet. The Reactor – a fast-boiling, fuel-efficient, and windproof integrated stove system – has been highly anticipated due to early press coverage, awards, and enthusiastic reviews from prototype testers.

The Reactor design features a unique burner technology, including convective and radiant heat transfer and an internal pressure regulator. As Seattle-based production increased and stoves were put through MSR’s stringent testing protocols, the majority of units met MSR's test standards; however, a minority fell short of a particular worst-case combustion condition test, and produced higher than desired levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO). Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of all fuel-burning stoves, and although the elevated levels produced by the Reactor would have posed little appreciable CO risk to those using the stove as directed, MSR nevertheless elected to further hone the Reactor stove design so that it consistently meets the testing standard.

“We’re all very disappointed that we’ve been unable to meet our previous ship date commitment, and are sorry for letting so many down,” said Ken Meidell, Outdoor Group Vice-President of Cascade Designs, parent company of the MSR brand. “But we have always worked by high technical standards and will not compromise on the quality and consistency of our products.”

Production of the Reactor Stove System has resumed, and the validation testing will be repeated. The company has declined to communicate a firm shipping date, and recommends checking the website at for updates.

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June 29, 2007 at 3:41 p.m. (EDT)

It is unfortunate that there was so much pressure to keep up with the JetBoil product that MSR allowed their marketing and sales weenies to jump the gun. Too much of that kind of thing in today's world of information surplus!

The name of the company "Mountain SAFETY Research" advocates that they will NOT release a product until it is SAFE! That is what they are doing...and have done for many years. I have NEVER had to send any MSR product I've owned back for warranty repair or experienced a failure.

Kind of like to fix the aircraft while it's on the ground...once you're in the's too late!

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