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 Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Ski Touring and Snow Camping Stoves Stoves Stoves: MSR? JetBoil? Pots and Pans?

In the same way that one needs to have a bike for every different sort of riding I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s worth having a stove for every different sort of camping.

I currently have a couple of JetBoil Flash stoves and an MSR Dragonfly.

Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System  MSR DragonFly Stove

I love how compact the JetBoils are but I found that it wasn’t a great performer in the cold (-10c to –20c) and at moderate altitude (~1800m) on the Spearhead Traverse this year. Even running it on the MSR/JetBoil Isobutane mixes . I think it’s still a good option for quick and light backpacking or bikepacking trips but if I was getting something know I’d probably grab the MSR WindBurner instead or maybe the Reactor which is a bit heavier but is meant to be the ducks nuts in alpine conditions. A bit heavier than the JetBoil but looks to be much better in the wind.

MSR WindBurner Stove System  MSR Reactor Stove

The Dragonfly is, of course, an ever dependable liquid fuel stove. But, it’s a bit heavy, you’ve got to deal with whitegas and I really want a heat exchange of some sort on the pot.
So it’s new pot time then. The Primus ETA pot looks really interesting. Alloy with a heat exchanger.

Eta Pot

The results look outstanding. Looking at this thread comparing the ETA pot and a triangia (basic alloy) pot…

Here are some of my results from yesterday.
all tests with White Gas, air temp :0 Celcius, 1 liter water starting at 10 celsius
MSR dragonfly ETA pot 1.2 : 2 min 50 sec.
MSR dragonfly tragia pot : 3 min 50 sec.

The ETA Pot is available in 1.0, 1.8 and 3.0 litre variants. The 1.8 sounds like about the right option for space and fitting the Dragonfly inside. 1.8l will happily do a freezdried dinner to share with a friend, a bit of tea and a bit of washing up. I’m not a huge fan of built in handles so they may get the chop-chop… Off to REI to see if they play nicely together. If so then I’m going to try that as my go-to for ski touring this winter and will report back findings. Ski Touring|Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:29:42 UTC|Comments [0]|    

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