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Several years ago, I did some calculations and realised that I actually got more cook time out of a gas canister stove than I do out of an alcohol stove for the same amount of weight in stove and fuel, so given the convenience and control of a canister stove, I have made the move and never looked back.
IMO, the MSR Rapidfire is one of the best all-around stoves ever made. Its biggest drawback, of course is the weight, so unless I am car camping, I use an MSR PocketRocket. I lent my PocketRocket to my brother, and it never came back, so for the past couple of years, I've been using my Rapidfire exclusively, but I just bought a new PocketRocket on 25% sale, since they have been discontinued in favour of the new PocketRocket 2.
MSR no longer stocks maintenance kits for the Rapidfire, but the only issue I've ever had is that the old o-ring needs a little help from a swipe of silicone grease now and then, to ensure a tight seal. If you need a tightly controlled, wide spread flame for gentle simmering, you can't beat the MSR Rapidfire, unless you do it with the new Whisperlite Universal (which is not as pretty as the Rapidfire!).
While reading the manual for the PocketRocket (something I never do), I noticed they had specifications for the diameter, weight, and height of the pot/pan. That is, 8" diameter pan max, weight 8 lbs. max, height 5" max. I was wondering if anyone has a manual for the old Rapidfire and could tell me whether or not it gives specs for the Rapidfire? Alternately, since the Rapidfire is essentially a Whisperlite that burns canned gas, specs for a Whisperlite should be good enough.
Of course, these stoves are practically bombproof, so I can't imagine ever going over their weight limit for the kind of cooking I do, but it would be nice and interesting to know.