Originally Posted by Littledavid
Have had my eye on the MSR Whisperlite for a long time, any problems with it?
I have an MSR like the one Ard has from 1979. There was only one model then. That one doesn't look as high tech as pics of the new ones, but the fuel line leading from the tank is solid stainless brake tubing and rigid. So the burner is connected rigidly to the sig bottle and is thus very stable, despite its small footprint. If one of their models has that rigid connection, I'd get that one. It extends the effective footprint of the burner by many times.
Stability was very important to me because I would backpack up above where the outfitters would take their horses and sports elk hunting, (ie. up where they had chased all the elk to) and the snow was generally mid-thigh depth or worse up there by then, with packed underneath.
So the extra stability was important as I had to melt snow for all my water as well as cook with it, and it would start tilting slowly before falling over. The hard pack snow under my makeshift support base would eventually melt.
That stove also came with really ,really thick tin foil that would handily support frying pans but folded up nicely for packing. You could not put a frying pan directly on top of the burner on that one; the heat was not diffused enough.
Inside the stainless tube is a stainless cable with the ends braized together running full length. It acts as a filter to grab stuff in the fuel, and is used as a reamer to clean out the tube if necessary. You just pull it out and ran it back and forth inside the rigid tubing. I don't know about the new ones
The last time I used mine was two years ago. I got a new pump for it in the early 90's I think because it sat too long dry without use. I only run mine full blast. The flame adjustment is not worth messing with on it.
I'd call tech support and talk to them. I'm sure they are still great stoves. The one I still have is very, very simple and always works.