MSR WindBurner Stove System

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the MSR WindBurner Stove System and summarize the results below:

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Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 88 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.6 stars   
Expert Rating: 4.0 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 401

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Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Does great in the wind.
  • Also pretty good at cooking (as opposed to just boiling water).
  • Packs up easily and conveniently.
  • Good flame control, whether it is simmer, low or high.
  • Works better in the wind than JetBoil.
  • Useful indicator at top of burner that indicates if flame is on or off.
  • The skillet accessory is nice.
  • Easy to pour.

Expert Reviews

  • Extremely windproof.
  • Doesn’t boil water as quickly as the Reactor, but is better at cooking (as opposed to just boiling).
  • Falls short of the JetBoil with respect to basic features.
  • Most fuel efficient integrated stove system, but only by a small amount.
  • Far superior to JetBoil Flash and MiniMo in the wind.
  • Control valve is big and easy to use.
  • Unlike the Reactor, the Thermal Trip Mechanism (to prevent the stove from dangerously overheating) can be re-set in the field (but only once, and then it is rendered permanently inoperable.)

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Lack of an integrated igniter on the Windburner makes the JetBoil a superior option.
  • Don’t buy the MSR piezo igniter accessory as it doesn’t work well.
  • Sleeve on the pot can be finnicky.
  • Lid on the pot can be finnicky.
  • Can be tricky to light in the wind, but once it is lit, it stays lit.
  • It can be hard to make it simmer.

Expert Reviews

  • Can’t achieve a true simmer and if you turn gas down too low, flame will go out.
  • Even though cook pot advertises 32 oz, you can only fill it to 20 oz to avoid boil-overs.
  • System is top-heavy when loaded with water so using the base stand can be important.
  • Lack of integrated igniter makes the stove only windproof once you successfully light it.
  • Heavy, relative to other integrated stoves.
  • Very poor simmering capabilities.
  • The coupling of the pot to the burner is not very secure.

Summary:

The MSR WindBurner Stove System boils water extremely fast. Although getting the stove lit in the wind can be tricky, once burning, it is nearly impervious to wind. It is a bit heavier and doesn’t simmer very well, but when it comes to boiling water fast in the wind, it can’t be beat.

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Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on sectionhiker, outdoorgearlab, digitaltrends, elevationoutdoors.

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