Getting ready to take your WhisperLite out backpacking? Don’t forget regular maintenance. It will help keep your stove clean and running efficiently. Here’s what you need to know in order to get the most out of your WhisperLite stove year after year.
At MSR we get this question all the time: How do you recycle fuel canisters?
Isobutane canisters are made of painted steel and plastic valves. Technically they can be recycled as mixed metal. Unfortunately, the process is more complicated than just throwing your spent canister in a bin. Fuel canisters can only be recycled in areas where mixed metal is accepted, and they can only be processed when properly prepared beforehand. Here’s how to make your fuel canister recyclable:
- Make sure the canister is totally empty. You should use all the gas for cooking – it’s better to burn the hydrocarbons than release them. Of all the stoves on the market, the Reactor is probably the best at using the last drop of fuel in the can.
- If you think there could be some gas left you can purge it by attaching your stove, inverting it, and opening the valve. This will allow any remaining gas to leave the canister. Make sure you’re clear of any potential flame or source of sparks while doing this.
- Once you’re sure the canister is empty, you need to puncture it so it meets recycling requirements. You don’t need a special tool to do this – just puncture it with a can opener or a sharp object like a screwdriver or an ice axe. Don’t use a saw because it can create sparks that will ignite remaining fuel. You don’t need to remove the valve to meet mixed metal requirements. Read More →
We have covered how to choose the right fuel for your liquid fuel stove and the differences between canister stoves and liquid fuel stoves, but here we bring it back to the basics. If you are the recent owner of a MSR liquid Fuel Stove, looking into getting one, or just need a quick refresher, this is a great video to show you the basics of using your liquid fuel stove. This video teaches you how to fill your fuel bottle, what to fill it with, how to set up your stove, pump your fuel, ignite the stove safely, and optimize your stove for simmering with just a few quick tips.
Randy the MSR Stove Czar explains the technology behind the Reactor stove system. What makes the Reactor practically windproof? Why is it so fuel efficient? What allows the Reactor to perform so much better at altitude and in cold weather? Randy explains it all right here. You’ll see.
This week Tim and Christine Connors help you to make the perfect cup of coffee in this episode of Lipsmackin’ Campin. Try one of these tips next time you’re out in the backcountry!
You can find more mouth-watering camp recipes, and invaluable information for making your next camp trip a culinary success. Just check out Tim and Christine Conners’ bestselling series of books.For more information, visit Lipsmackincampin.com!
MSR Product Manager Steve Grind answers a few questions about the design and performance of the Reactor Stove System.
Who was the Reactor Stove System engineered for?
The Reactor is designed for folks who are heading outside into real and often challenging mountain conditions. That means cold, windy, and often space-constrained. Whether you’re tucked into a port-a-ledge on Baffin Island, or doing an ultralight traverse of the Sierras, this is a stove that performs when most other canister stoves will not. It is certainly an elite piece of gear, but it’s also amazingly versatile for people doing more moderate activities where the weather conditions might not always cooperate.
How is the Reactor different from other stove systems on the market?
One of our favorite anecdotes is a story we’ve heard from several different users over the years—both from professional guides and from private parties heading into the alpine. It always goes something like this: “We made it to base camp on the first day of a four-day climb and got started melting snow. We had a Reactor and three [Brand X] stoves. The Reactor performed so much better than everything else that, by the end of the first day, we packed up the other stoves and didn’t take them out again for the rest of the trip.” The difference is performance in tough, windy conditions, where this stove stands head and shoulders above anything else ever made.
Who was the Trail Lite Duo System engineered for?
A lot of folks head into the backcountry in pairs—this is a super common arrangement that we like to refer to as the “Dynamic Duo.” The Trail Lite Duo system is designed for the adventurous twosome for whom weight and space are high on the list of priorities. It is not a minimalist, bare-bones system, though. It includes luxuries like double-wall insulated mugs and deep, usable bowls. This system is designed for people who want to do some simple cooking that often involves more than simply boiling water.
How is the Trail Lite Duo different from other cookware on the market?
The TLD is comparable in size and weight to the GSI Dualist, but that is about where the similarities end. The two most obvious and important differences are the TLD’s unique non-stick coating and its high-quality mugs. The PTFE- and PFOA-free coating is exclusive to MSR, and the real, usable, double wall insulated mugs make a night-and-day difference compared to the sippy bowls included in the GSI system. Also, for the same weight and packed size, the TLD pot has a 2.0L capacity, where the GSI Dualist has only a 1.8L capacity. Read More →
Flying with a camping stove can be trickier than one would think. Don’t waste time, fuel, or lose your stove. Follow these steps and check up with TSA to make sure you’re flying right with your backcountry stove!
TSA Rules – You are allowed to bring a stove in checked or carry-on baggage, but ONLY if you take the time and care to empty it of all fuel and clean it so there are no vapors or residue left. If you do not clean the stove thoroughly flammable vapors will remain, and those can lead to confiscation. We recommend storing your clean, dry stove in its stuff sack and packing it in a checked bag. Read More →