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Backcountry cooking at its best.
Taking the family for a backpacking trip has its ups and downs, but at least dinner doesn't have to be one of the hitches. The MSR Windburner Stove Group System comes with a generous two and a half liter pot, so you can mix up anything from oatmeal to borscht with plenty to go around, and with precise control you can saute garlic, onions, or mushroom into your dishes before hand for enhanced flavor, or simply let your stew simmer without overflowing in a monstrous froth. Even if the valley you're camping in gets windy, the pot is designed to enclose the burner completely so nothing slows down dinner, and an internal pressure regulator keeps it running strong if temperatures drop. When its time to pack up and leave camp, the burner and 8oz MSR IsoPro fuel canister nest nicely into the pot for packing without even rattling while you hike.
- Cooking system for camping with your partner or family
- Windproof radiant burner provides efficient fuel usage
- Pressure regulator offers consistent performance in cold weather
- Simmer control allows for more versatile cooking
- Generous sized pot holds enough to feed two to four people
- Locking lid doubles as a strainer and packing container
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For a recent three-person trip to Denali, we did something radical and used only canister fuel stoves. I will NEVER use a liquid fuel stove again if I don't have to! We used an MSR reactor for snowmelting and the windburner group system for all our cooking. Our fuel use was 4-5 oz/pp per day with snowmelting and extensive cooking. The frying pan worked great for frying veggies, making tasty quesadillas, and making perfect golden-brown pancakes. The simmer on this stove is absolutely amazing with great control. It's also significantly quieter than a whisperlite. I have a few minor complaints:
1: Custom Cookware - You can only use the stove with certain cookware. The only advantage of this is that the pot is more stable on the stove. The included cookware is perfect for cooking for 3-4 people, but it would be nice to use other pots/pans for larger groups. MSR should sell a product that adds a pot support to the top of the stove.
2: Heat Spreading - Because the included pan is so thin, the heat is very concentrated in the center. This is easy to compensate for in your cooking (eg, move your quesadilla around so it cooks evenly), but it would be great if the heat spread more evenly. Again, it would be great if you could use this with your cast iron from home while car camping.
3: Lid Lock - The lid lock on the pan seems great, but I had it fail while draining pasta once. You just need to hold the lid on with some force as to not rely on it completely.
All-in-all, this is the best stove system for those wanting to do actual cooking. It’s amazing how much better it is to not have to deal with priming and depressurizing a liquid fuel stove!