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It’s cold, windy, and time to refuel your body. MSR made the 2.5-liter Reactor Pot with hard anodized aluminum to resist damage and cook efficiently in the harshest weather. Unclip the collapsible Talon handle, pull out the Reactor stove and eight-ounce fuel canister (both sold separately), and feed up to four people at once. It’s large enough to melt a whole mess of snow for up to five freeze-dried meals or your specialty specialty backcountry meal.

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could you store things like the stove,...

could you store things like the stove, fuel, etc. in this pot??

and can it simmer better than the other one?

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Yeah Matt, this is the larger version of the 1.7L pot that comes with the Reactor Stove. It will easily fit the stove itself, an 8oz canister, couple sporks, camp towel, a couple folding utensils. Good sized pot for a few people. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "the other one", but the reactor stove itself has an adjustable flame that goes from high to simmer. With the heat sink, it's very efficient and fast.

This pot is intended to work very similarly to the pot the Reactor comes with. It will have the same performance, boil times, efficiency, and simmering capability only with more capacity. In my experience, because it takes longer (about 6 minutes with 2 liters of water boiled), you do have more time to work with. However it is not recommended for long simmering sessions.

You can store anything in it without really damaging the interior. Just keep in mind it may rattle around if you only have one canister in the pot. I would also recommend putting in a couple of pairs of socks and/or a large packtowel as this will help some of the rattle. I wouldn't worry about storing metal utensils, metal bowls, etc. The hard anodization is nearly impervious to wear.

Is this only compatible with the reactor...

Is this only compatible with the reactor stove? I'm looking for a high-cap pot that will work with my Pocket Rocket, and I'm curious as to whether the heat dispersion system on the reactor pot would help negate the typical "hot-spotting" of the Rocket on larger(wider based) pots.

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You are correct. It's designed to be used only with the Reactor Stove. I wouldn't recommend it for any other stove MSR or anyone else makes.

The PocketRocket's main downfall is the high-intensity heat it puts into a small area. This is great if your boiling water, but if you want to do anything gourmet then it can be difficult. If I want to cook something other than boil water, I keep the flame low which does help to dissipate the flame a bit. As well, anything made with hard anodized aluminum will also help to spread the heat much faster. Titanium is excellent for weight and boiling water, but it is terrible if you want heat dispersion. The MSR Quick 2 cookset is your best bet...

I ran into a jam and used the large reactor pot with a Wind Pro and wind screen. All the pictures I posted here are of that setup. It worked but I would not do it if I had a choice.