Charlie Proctorwrote a review of MSR Windburner Stove Group System on June 19, 2019
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!