Page Type Gear Review
Object Title SimmerLite™
Manufacturer MSR
Page By scottfromcali
Page Type Mar 30, 2004 / Jan 18, 2007
Object ID 1045
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Weighing only 8.5 oz., the new SimmerLite is the lightest liquid fuel stove. With its flame adjustability and easy-to-stow size, it's sure to make the list for your next Fast & Light adventure.

Lightest Liquid Fuel Stove
Minimum weight is only 8.5 oz.!
Fits in a 1-liter pot.
Great Flame Adjustability
Best simmering single valve stove.
Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning as simple as shaking the stove.
Quiet Stable Flame
Thanks to the ported burner.
Minimum Weight: 8.5 oz. (240 g)
Packaged Weight: 12.2 oz. (346 g)


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scottfromcali - Mar 30, 2004 2:33 pm - Voted 5/5

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A great light wieght minimalist stove. Good flame control, easy operation, works well at altitude, in wind (with the foil windscreen) and in cold weather. Minimal parts, makes cleaning easier, and shaker jet simplies cleaning the jet. Shake the thing a few times before each use, easy.

Only cons are its small base, makes the stove unstable on less than perfect surfaces. Just buy the MSR stove base, all stability problems solved. Still, 5 stars.

thebeave7 - Apr 20, 2004 1:35 pm - Voted 5/5

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Have owned one for about 2 years now and I've had no complaints so far. The heat output is very good, and the adjustibility is amazing compared to the original whisperlite. There is still a slight lag time in flame control, due to the valve being on the fuel bottle. Great for melting snow, boils water in minutes, and an 11oz bottle of fuel last me at least a week(summer hiking).

wetsponge007 - Aug 3, 2005 1:47 am - Voted 5/5

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good stove

rhyang - Apr 22, 2007 2:34 pm - Voted 4/5

Nice for snow-camping
I've been using one of these for several years, mostly for snow-camping. It's a nice little stove in that it is light and easy to use. I don't think I've used it below zero F.

Stability is OK, but not great. I generally put it on top of a piece of foam atop the snow platform or whatever, so that's not a huge issue.

Since it's usually just melting snow / boiling water I don't use the simmer feature much, and when I did it was so-so - there is a lag time as noted above. Fuel consumption seems pretty reasonable for a white gas stove.

Priming it can be a pain, and it takes practice, or else you can get a nice fireball, but I have yet to burn anything down :) I don't think I'd want to use one of these inside a tent or vestibule (assuming proper ventilation of course).

Nikman - May 10, 2007 11:46 am - Voted 5/5

Great stove
Burns reliable even in high altitude over 4000 meters.

I used it in temperatures down to minus 25 deg. Celsius.

Good power when using white gas. If you switch to car fuel from a gas-station power is lowered and you will produce a lot af dirt on the stove (I had to do that one time in Southamerica, because over X-mas holidays there were all "Fereterias" closed).

When I melt snow others are surprised how fast the MSR will bring the water to boil.

I cleaned stove and pump after my last journey to Patagonia and found out that taking everything to pieces and putting together again is also easy and fast.

@rhyang: I used mine inside a tent. You just need the right feeling and have to be careful with "priming". Then it´s not a problem.

Augie Medina - Aug 28, 2007 8:38 pm - Voted 4/5

Good Stove but...
As already mentioned, priming will get you a fireball if you're not exacting with letting the fuel run onto the burner. Otherwise, nice stove and I've had excellent boiling times above 12,000'.

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