MSR WindBurner Group Stove System
The WindBurner range has been extended for 2018 to include a new remote canister stove and various pots and pans to go with it. Richard Prideaux cooks up a review...
The Lite+ from Primus is one of the lightest and smallest stoves of this 'stove system' type on the market, making it a good choice for summer alpinism or for those simply wishing for a crag stove to brew up with throughout the winter months (the ultimate luxury).
The pan/cup part is 500ml in size and will fit one of the smallest size gas canisters in it, along with all parts of the stove itself. This smaller size is great for individuals, or those needing to shave off the grams, but does mean you might have to make several brews if there are two or three people!
It is also extremely well made, with the burner being something of a work of art. The squat shaped burner is very well made, and the whole unit is tough. It also features a neatly recessed piezo ignitor and - for the sake of review completeness - I should probably mention that it interlocks with the upper unit for added security. Infact this locking is very simple, well designed and works really well, and coupled with the low profile burner, makes this stove one of the least top heavy stove systems I have used.
The reason for this squat shaped burner is (as far as I understand it) because gas needs to travel a certain distance through the stove before it can be ignited, and most stoves send the gas upwards (making the burner unit taller) but Primus send it out to the side, keeping the burner unit squat in shape. They call this 'Laminar Flow Burner Technology'.
You can see this explained to me by the head man at Primus in this video:
Another plus to the Lite+ is its simple solution to the hanging kit, which consists of the easily modified handle switching to a cradle for the hanging cord supplied. You've got to give Primus credit for such an obvious solution. The same simple ingenuity has been used to answer the question of how to use pots/pans other than the one provided (which is obviously limiting whilst actually cooking) and for this three small screw-in rods have been provided that fit neatly into the burner unit.
These three small rods work fine, but do seem a little bit of a basic solution and are quite easy to lose, and difficult to remove if they are hot! I'd love to see a sleeker system whereby these rods are fixed to the burner unit and just 'pop' up and down as required - get to it Primus!
As an add-on, I also got the coffee press, which is a new lid (with a small hole in the middle for the stem of the press) and a cafetiere style mesh plunger. The coffee press worked really well, but I still think that for really good coffee you would be better just boiling the water in the Lite+ then using something like an Aeropress.
Quick Info points about the Primus Lite+:
Comes with: Hanging Kit, Tripod Base.
Add-ons available: Coffee Press
Summary: Best for fast/light summer alpinism, most additional extras included.
Lite+ sets a new standard for compact all-in-one stoves. The unique locking mechanism (patent pending) makes it very sturdy and thanks to the Laminar Flow Burner Technology (patent pending), the stove has a lower burner than would otherwise be possible, resulting in a more stable, lighter and compact stove. Perfect for the solo trip or a coffee break for two – with the optional coffee press it makes two cups of fresh coffee in a handful of minutes! The stove and all accessories, including a 100-gram gas cartridge, fit into the 500 ml hard anodized aluminium pot.
For 2015 Lite+ comes with a new heat resistant sleeve in durable G-1000 with felt lining. The sleeve also features a webbing handle with the added ability to use the stove hanging. The lid cuts cooking time and keeps all the parts securely in place in your backpack – and can also be used as a mug.
Lite+ includes a foot support for added stability on uneven surfaces and a suspending cord.
MORE INFO: Primus Website
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