Compact Petrol Burner Cooker Advice Please

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Two Moto Kiwis, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Greetings ADVers

    We are down sizing our stuff for traveling two up.

    Been looking at MSR stuff etc, whisper, universal, dragonfly bla bla bla.

    So I would like to hear something from real world users who have them and a not standing on the retail store floor as they always tell you what you wonna hear.

    Any other equivalent brands please bring them to the floor.

    Cheers Andi
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  2. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I've had an MSR WhisperLite for 20+ years, maybe 30. Always lights, though it's easier with a little alcohol to preheat it. I've been looking at these, though- http://wildernessinnovation.com/survival-supplies/survival-items/firebox-folding-stove/ and http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/Stoves available from Survival Resources.htm and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjdpaO03-SA

    Not really a stove... no wait, it is but it's a kettle...no... it's cool but doesn't pack down. http://www.kellykettle.com/


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  3. mpatch

    mpatch Long timer

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    coleman 550b or 442 or a svea 123 are the best for bike use IMO
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  4. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Are you cooking,or just heating water for drinks,pasta dishes,oatmeal?
    This info would help us give you recommendations.

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  5. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Lc8grrr Vtwin madness

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  7. BigEasy

    BigEasy Long timer

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    I'm another multiple decade user of the Whisperlight, may not be the be all end all but they have never failed me (have one multifuel and one white gas).

    I would also agree with the Seva 123 if you can get your hands on one. I had one of these but in a fit of youthful stupidity sold it. I did keep my Optimus 8R which shares the guts of the 123. It's a great pice but a little large for Moto camping.

    The thing about the MSR that I like is that it fits in my cook pot so it doesn't take up any more space than just the pot.
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  8. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    If I was buying a stove right now, I already have about a half dozen so I probably shouldnt :D, it would be either the Whisperlite Universal or the Primus Omnifuel. See here for a comparison http://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2012/03/primus-omnifuel-vs-msr-whisperlite.html The ability to burn any type of fuel is very appealing. I used a Whisperlite international for years and years, and it still sits in a bag somewhere, ready to go, but I switched over to a canister fuel Primus a couple of years back. I would probalby go for the Primus simply for the ease of switching between fuels. I also use cannister fuel whenever possible, it is just so much better than burning petrol. I have seen both of these in action and they work just as great as their single fuel siblings.. cant go wrong with either.. although they are a bit spendy.
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  9. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    MSR XGK II for the last 15 years, I just replaced the pump/valve assembly because it wasn't coming up to pressure as quick as it used to. Its dead reliable and was among the first stoves to have a shaker jet, now a standard feature in liquid fuel stoves. It has a rigid fuel tube, so it won't fit in my pot, but it isn't very large anyway.
    I use the smallest bottle available for cooking with and tap my fuel pump's low pressure return when it needs to be topped up.
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  10. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I've been using a coleman 442 . . . . it IS a bit larger than some, but doesn't require a separate fuel source, and, when it runs low on fule, I've got 6 gallons over on the bike . . . .

    Been buring lead-free low test for years . . . . . .never a problem (though I DO have a rebuild kit stashed in the bottom of the saddlebag) . .. .
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  11. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Both, boil water and cook.

    Damn, thanks mate I searched for ages yesterday and could not find it.

    Will have a good read
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I have been thinking about retiring the Coleman 442, little smaller than your Coleman isn't it?:wink:

    That Primus Omnifuel looks very interesting.:ear Would have to see some heat output comparisons first vs the Colemans,my very beat up 442 sure puts out the heat. Fast on the coffee in the morning. :roflI already have the 1.5L bottle for a Primus.Does come in handy sometimes when it is full and quickly accessible from the saddlebags.....:wink::rofl:1drink
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  13. trashysquid

    trashysquid Wanna-be ADV Rider

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    There's a cat on here named ShadyRascal who makes the "Stever Stove." It's an aluminum methyl alcohol burning stove that's super tiny, strong, and does it's job well. I paid something like $9 USD for it. Just do a search for it and read the reviews...great piece of gear. I also use a piece of ceramic tile that I bought at Home Depot for 20 cents as a platform to put the stove on.
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  14. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    I have a number, started with a coleman and have a couple of MSR, of all the MSR dragonfly is the best for cooking on, the Wisperlite is probably the simplist but not much use for more than heating stuff up quickly, but both of the MSR ones are well made and worth the money.
    If I could only have one stove I have a freind who has just bought a cheap multi fuel stove from e bay, does gas/petrol/kero. It was cheap and appears every bit as good as the more expensive ones so much so that I am thinking of getting one myself.
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  15. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Something like this?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Camping-Sto...amping_CookingSupplies_ET&hash=item1c27956a87

    Sorry can't read specs like that, it hurts.:eek1:eek1:eek1

    Then I go there to see where they may come from, hurts even more....!:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

    http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/multi-fuel-camping-stove.html

    Interesting pic there, looks like they copied the Coleman in rather large quantities. Wonder if they have spare parts.....!:lol3

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/223959395/M0010_Multi_Fuel_Stove.html

    I am sure Andi & Ellen will come up with something good, then I'll listen.:ear
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  16. Skizzo

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  17. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Hi Guys! We have a Dragonfly. Works good, would have cooked a few hundred meals on it by now & I've only stripped & cleaned it once. Runs well on straight petrol. turns down nicely for the gourmet camp cooking which my old Coleman 442 didn't do so well. Also much easier to empty of gas for air travel. Way gruntier than any alcohol or canister stove. The 442 probably had an edge in outright power though.

    It is really damn loud though & if buying again I would want to have a play with a Primus Omnifuel first to compare as they look pretty good on paper & are apparently not so rowdy.

    Cheers
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  18. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    ++ on the whisperlites, I have had three MSR stove over the last 35 years. The 1st was stolen so I got one of the early Whiperlites still have and use it, also have a new International and it is just as good as the others. I camp with folks who are on their 3rd or 4th other stove. Just my $.02
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  19. ttquattro

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    Check out the Soto Muka. I've only used petrol with it and it's the cleanest burning unleaded fuel stove I've used. It puts out some serious heat and simmering is a bit of a pain, i.e. have to release some of the pressure to make it simmer. Otherwise, it uses the same fuel as the bike and I like to think it's carry reserve fuel for the bike as a just in case.
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  20. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    I've used my X-GK for many years and it works great. OK, not much for simmering so I won't be making any balsamic reductions on the road, but....

    I use a Jetboil to make coffee, or anytime I just need to heat water; that's most of the time really. Got the French Press kit and truthfully, I seem to use it more than anything, because it's quick and easy.
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