Product Type: MSR Camping
Newest Review: ... with a storage box to keep it safe. Its very simple to use, the bottom of the pocket rocket fits onto a fuel canister and made from met... more
A Rocket In Your Pocket
MSR PocketRocket Camping Stove
Member Name: bilbobaginz
MSR PocketRocket Camping Stove
Advantages: Simplicity, durability and expense!
Disadvantages: Dangerous to children and the gas won't last a life-time!
When trekking across the open landscape there are many items of camping related equipment you find absolutely necessary to acquire. From tents and warm clothing to keep you sheltered, to resilient walking boots and high-tech GPS devices (...if you have the cash) to keep you on the right track. But perhaps the first thing many people think of when visualising the great outdoors is a piece of simple equipment (...or tool) used to create fire, and therefore a place to cook foods and boil water.
For me it has always been the 'MRS PocketRocket Camping Stove' I've rested my chances of survival on. Weighing in at just under 90 grams, this foldable, containable, safe device can be used in most atmospheric conditions to sterilise ingredients for ingestion at any time of day or night. Too low in heat to be used as a weapon of warmth, and too energy inefficient to be a valuable source of artificial light, the stove is tasked with nothing more than to heat a well positioned pan.
The top of the stove is a treated steel contraption shaped to possess a heatable container without it falling clumsily to the ground. Three spokes balance what is placed on top well, and as long as the container isn't too heavy or one sided in its weight distribution, it will heat excellently without the need for balance aiding hands. This part can also be detached easily from the fuel cell (...or gas canister) and folded up into a spikey, cylinder resembling structure and placed in a handy container of its own, which comes with the package. This means the canister can therefore be replaced with a similar, if not larger alternative if needed.
The gas canister its self cannot be reshaped or made smaller in any way, which could be seen as a product disadvantage, however the more you use it the more your load is lessened until eventually it can be left to rot (...not environmentally friendlily) - Your chances of starvation will most definitely increase in this scenario!
Operating the stove couldn't be more simple, disappointingly for those of us attempting to seek our inner cave man. All you have to do is hold a bare flame to the tip of the valve and twist the simplisticly designed lever to create long-lasting fire. The lever also controls the amount of fuel consumed per minute by the device, and therefore the volume of the flame at hand (...not literally at hand of course). I feel having this part of product made as simple as possible reduces the risks of failure when failure is most feared. Similarly, it keeps production costs low and standardises the item with all similar alternatives - meaning parts may well be interchangeable and un-restricting between models.
The whole contraption feels well made and durable. Dropping it in a puddle of mud or from a considerable height (...though not recommended more than 5 miles from pre-fuelled transport, or a working telephone) will not cause it to break, and that's what you want in a wilderness fighting product. For obvious reasons the device shouldn't be left in the hands of children who may find quarrel with its irritatingly spiked spokes, or highly flammable liquid gas within, but hey.
All in all, I find my MSR product to be unbeatable, even in the eyes of mother nature - and that's saying a lot. So if you're in need of some reliable, durable and expense squashed camping equipment for the summer then look no further than this camping stove for your meal cooking apparatus. A product I would recommend to the majority of campers!
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