MSR WindBurner Stove System, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my original MSR WindBurner Stove System review.

Since I posted my original review of the WindBurner, a bit over two months ago, I have had to chance to put it to use a lot more as the end of the summer season and start of the shoulder/winter season starts up.

This will be a brief follow-up.

I have not had any issues with the WindBurner stove, cup, or cozy.

The stove has continued to average 11 boils per 110g canister.

For reasons unknown, one night I decided to take off the cloth sleeve from the cozy. The cloth and threads hit my calibrated scale at 4.1 grams (0.1446 ounces) so it is possible to shave off a bit of weight, but not very much, and not really worth the effort. I have included some photos below.

I have also been using the WindBurner 1.8L pot, which is scheduled to be released in January of 2016. It is a fairly large beast, but when doing group/guided hikes, it has been really nice to have along.

I have also been able to confirm that there will be a frying pan that works with the WindBurner stove unit, it too is suppose to be released in January of 2016.

After having used the WindBurner a fair amount, at this point my only “wish” for a future update would be a short-wide pot, along the lines of the MiniMo, which would enable me to cook food directly in the pot. I still find myself grabbing the MiniMo when I plan on taking food with me that needs to be cooked in a pot, and when I am not expecting high winds.

As we move into the winter season I will continue to put the WindBurner to use and will plan on reporting back on how it handles sub-freezing conditions.

At this point I am still amazingly impressed by the MSR WindBurner’s ability to handle every type of weather condition I have had the ability to throw at it. Simply amazing.

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Thanks for reading,
+John Abela

In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that at the time this article is published that I am a sponsored hiker of Black Rock Gear, Montbell US, Suluk46, Sun Precautions.

8 thoughts on “MSR WindBurner Stove System, Part 2

  1. John, I am intrigued is that a Kovea burner in the first picture? I will stick with the Jetboil, and I also like the Minimo for its form factor though as you have pointed out removing the pot from the burner can sometimes be a bit of a challenge and why did they change the number of insert slots? Change is not always good.

  2. Can I assume from this review that you do not like the MiniMo’s performance in the wind? (If you’ve done a review on one, would you provide a link?) Also, is a “boil”, 2 cups of water and if so, what’s the water’s/ambient temp? (11, 2C boils doesn’t sound like a lot to me – for one of these set-ups that’s supposed to have super heat transfer)

    1. Hello Pete,

      The MinMmo (nor any jetboil) can come close to handling the wind in manners that the MSR WindBurner can. Still, the minimo has a special place in my heart.

      I do not think I have ever published a review on the MiniMo here at hikelighter. I was the first person to post a complete set of weight and photos of the MiniMo, which I did on this post at BPL. Not sure why I have not published a review of the minimo… perhaps I just got tired of writing about JB products and catching so much crap from them.

      As for “what’s the waters ambient temp“… I do not carry a cooking thermometer with me when I go hiking.

  3. I just got a Windburner with the 1 L pot, and I’m trying to buy the accesory 1.8 L pot, which doesn’t exactly match the short/wide need, but it is larger for groups. It just came out, and is either so popular it’s backordered everywhere, or it hasn’t actually shipped yet.

      1. Hi John,

        Thanks! It’s a preorder on at this time, and backordered at a few other outlets like Amazon. I might try my local REI, or I could just *sigh* wait a bit. Look forward to using it beyond home testing based on your review and many others.

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