The MSR windpro stove got a unique look in MSR propane stoves line.
They built it so that the burner itself is separated from the canister.
In most gas stoves, the burner is assembled on top of the gas
can itself. In the windpro, they connect the burner and the canister
with a small pipe. The valve, BTW, is located on the canister side. The
reason for separating the canister from the burner is obvious:
Using wind screen on a regular gas stove can be dangerous. The
windscreen might heat up the canister too. Since the canister is filled
with pressurized gas, it can easily explode.
Besides this unique feature, the windpro is pretty much ordinary. Like
most propane stoves, it is lightweight and fairly easy to use. The pot
holders fold together to save some room while packing.
Here is what I
like and dislike about the Windpro. What I mention here is comparing to
other canister stoves.
- You can use windscreen.
- It can run nicely from full power to simmer.
- It doesn’t fold as nicely as other canister
increase stoves efficiency
The MSR Windpro stove enables you to use some very simple techniques to
increase the stove efficiency. The big idea is to get most of the heat
from the stove to heat up the pot. Lots of heat is lost to the free air
if not using these methods.
It sounds silly or obvious but using a lid increase stove's
efficiency dramatically. This goes for any sort of cooking stove. You
can check it out even on your kitchen stove. Boil water with and
without a lid and measure the time. You'll
be surprised by the impact
of covering the pot.
Windscreen isn't just for preventing the wind from blowing your flame
away. The main thing it does is preventing
heat from running away
from the pot. The windscreen should
capture all the heat from the flame and let it go only to the pot's
direction. Like the lid, it is doing miracles.
You can make a windscreen yourself. Take any foldable foil. Cut it to
be tailor made to fit your pot. It should be slightly bigger
than the pot in diameter.
The least significant of the three. Place some foil under the
windscreen. Together with the windscreen it makes an ignition chamber
under the pot. This part reflects the heat so that the ground won't get
heated instead of the pot.
There are better gas stoves, but the MSR windpro stove is one of the
best in class when it comes to handling winds.
And here is the MSR windpro stove on Oregon mountain community...