Reviews for WhisperLite Stove
Average Rating : 4.10 out of 5
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Review by: kydd76, 2006-01-17
I have used my international for fifteen years now. It is one of the best pieces of gear I have owned. Very easy to maintain and uses multi fuel, a plus outside the U.S... It has to be primed and take some time to learn how to pressurize for simmer or to get lower heat out put. It is a great stove for boiling water fast, are melting snow. I realize that there have been a lot of upgrades and new tech put out there in this market but this is one that set the standard in backpacking stove.
Review by: sixleggedinsect, 2006-01-04
This stove is a workhorse. I live on the road, cook two meals a day on it for months at a time. I clean it once in a blue moon, throw it around, fill it with sand and dust, drop it and drop things on it. I use the heck out of it, and yes, i have had problems with it, but they've never shut me down in the field if you keep an o-ring on hand (comes with the stove). all considered, given the abuse ive dished out, i think this thing is rock solid. frying is high maintenance with things you dont want to burn, but its all doable. white gas is dirt cheap and easily to find all over the country in big department and camping stores. i can cook for a month on four dollars of gas with no trouble. when clean it boils water with the best of them, and it works (with windscreen, of course) in frigid temps and wind unlike the pricey/prissy canister and propane stoves. there are better stoves in terms of features, but for backpacking where you're mostly boiling, not frying, this is still a top contender. and for the dirtbag roadtripper, it still works fine. just requires more finesse than a proper simmer stove.
Review by: granite_grrl, 2005-11-14
I have had the occasional problem with it, but never something that I haven't been able to fix my self. As many others have mentioned is cannot simmer worth a crap, but it can boil very quickly. I got this for a road trip, where I was car camping. For my uses I should have gotten a coleman dual burner stove, or at least a Dragonfly stove, I'm sure the weight and size of this will be useful for those who are backpacking though.
Review by: aj_77, 2005-09-30
The standard for backpacking stoves. It has always gotten the job done for me, but sometimes it has taken some work to get it to burn cleanly when the jet has gotten very dirty. I eventually get it to work which says something about its field maintainability.
Review by: fanederhand, 2005-05-16
Had one once, glad I dont anymore. Priming was a pain, liquid fuel is a pain and now that they are so picky about flying with stuff that smells like fuel I will never own one of these. Best thing I ever did was getting ride of this stove. It flaired up, sputtered, stopped working and was just junk, and now that MSR is no longer standing behind their stuff ... Well enough said.