MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove
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- Ultralight (2.6 oz) and compact (2x2x3 in) folding canister stove for minimalist adventures, backpacking, hiking, trekking, camping, and global travel
- Boils one liter of water in just 3.5 minutes and flame easily adjusts from a simmer to a rolling boil for gourmet cooking in the outdoors
- Fueled by high-performance isobutane-propane fuel canister (not included); self-sealing threaded canister fuel is available in most countries
- Easy to setup and operate—no priming, preheating, or pressurizing is required; serrated pot-supports accommodate a wide range of pot sizes and styles
- Lightweight protective case included; stove weighs 2.6 oz (4.2 oz with case), measures 4.8x4.8x3.6 inches open, collapses to 2x2x3 inches; made in USA
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The MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight and Compact Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove is the ideal solution for minimalist and fast-and-light adventures, hiking, trekking, and global travel. Lighter, smaller, and more functional than the original MSR Pocket Rocket stove, it weighs just 2.6 ounces and collapses to fit in the palm of the hand. The trusted choice of alpinists and campers, for its durability and reliability, it’s easy to setup and operate—no priming, preheating, pumping, or pressurizing is required—and boils one liter of water in just 3.5 minutes. Simmer or boil, and adjust the flame anywhere in between for temperature-controlled gourmet cooking in the outdoors. A wind clip protects the flame for reliable performance in varying conditions. Collapsible serrated pot-supports offer grip and stability, and can accommodate a wide range of pot sizes and styles for all types of meal prep. Fueled by high-performance isobutane-propane canister fuel (not included), it’s a good choice for global travel, as self-sealing threaded canister fuel is available in most countries worldwide. The MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Stove includes a lightweight 2x2x3.5-inch hard-shell protective carrying case for portability, bringing the packed weight of the stove to 4.2 ounces. Stove weighs 2.6 ounces, measures 4.8x4.8x3.6 inches when open, and packs down to 2x2x3 inches. Made in the USA.
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It ran for approx. 2 hours wide open! I tested boiling water using an Esbit Stove Aluminum 2.5 cup pot. It boiled a little faster when I first started because running the stove nostop causes the canister to chill down which slows the gas coming out a little. I was boiling the 2.5 cup pot in about 2:36 at the start and a little over 3:00 when the canister was near empty. But let's go with the worse case and say it boils at 3:00 per 2.5 cup pot non stop for 2 hours. That's FORTY 2.5 cup pots of water. Enough to make 40 Mountain House packet meals. That's boiling water for 3 meals a day for 13 days! I have one of the cheap non-name $10 pocket rockets and when you compare them to the MSR PocketRocket 2 the difference in quality is obvious.
Here's a cut'n'paste of the webpage I put up, although the formatting will no doubt be less than desirable here...
Recently I bought a MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove, and was curious about the efficiency of fuel used vs time to boil water. So I set up a little experiment, very unscientific. However, as silly as my experiement was, I did glean a little info that I didn't otherwise find on the innernuts souper hi-way. Everyone seems to just post about the time to boil water. Personally, I'm more concerned with how much fuel I burn when I boil water.
For the experiments I used:
--Jetboil "JetPower" fuel (a barely used 16oz (net weight) can)
--1.2L single-wall titanium cook pot, no lid used
--16oz of well water, at ~60° (new water with each test)
--Indoors, 70°, no wind, etc.
--Stove, attached to gas cylinder, is weighed multiple times to be as accurate as possible. In both ounces and grams (I used grams for my GpS calculation)
--Water is measured and poured into a room temp pot, then placed evenly on the stove's legs.
--Stove is lit at the most minimal flame possible.
--Stove flame is adjusted and the timer is immediately started.
--Digital temp probe is placed into the water, about 1/4" above the base of the pot.
--Timer is shut off when the water temperature >= 212°.
--Stove and gas cylinder are weighed for the "end weight".
--Stove and pot are cooled to room temperature prior to next test.
--Stove and gas cylinder are weighed before each new test, although you'll notice the weights remain consistant with previous test conclusions.
Grams per Second (GpS) is the amount of fuel burned per second to reach 212°
1 full turn of the valve. Flame is very high, very loud, and a lot of heat rolling up and away from the outside of the pot.
Start weight: 23.10oz / 655g
End weight: 22.75oz / 645g
Time to Boil: 2:19.93 (min:sec)
Fuel Consumed: 0.35oz / 10g
Grams per Second: 0.071464
1/2 turn of the valve. Flame is high, very loud, and a good amount of heat rolling up and away from the outside of the pot
Start weight: 24.06oz / 682g
End weight: 23.74oz / 673g
Time to Boil: 2:00.38 (min:sec)
Fuel Consumed: 0.32oz / 9g
Grams per Second: 0.074763
1/4 turn of the valve. Flame is medium-high, loud, and not too much heat escaping away from the outside of the pot.
Start weight: 23.74oz / 673g
End weight: 23.42oz / 664g
Time to Boil: 2:40.90 (min:sec)
Fuel Consumed: 0.32oz / 9g
Grams per Second: 0.055935
1/8 turn of the valve. Flame is medium-low, "quiet", and very little heat escaping away.
Start weight: 23.42oz / 664g
End weight: 23.10oz / 655g
Time to Boil: 9:21.47 (yes, 9+ minutes)
Fuel Consumed: 0.32oz / 9g
Grams per Second: 0.016029
Note: It took FOREVER to get the water to boil, and in fact it did NOT boil. At 210° the water temp stablized (this near the 8.5 minute mark). I had to open the valve, a little at a time, until I was at 1/4 open (stove became louder (torch-like) at this point). Then the water finally hit 212°.
1/4 turn: the point where the flame starts to "roar", audiably, seems the sweet spot. Enough heat to actually boil water, and the efficiency is much better (0.055935 GpS) than at more opened valve settings (.07+ GpS). The time to boil is well within reason too.
1/2 turn: is the sweet spot if you can't spare a few more seconds to get a boil going. Doubting I'll ever use it! (although at altitude things will most likely change)
Warmly Regarded, literally
1/8 turn: Stove is the most efficient, GpS-wise, at a low flame. Extremely efficient for long duration warming. Won't quite boil water though, but if you have a book to read it'll get close! While I didn't test lower than 1/8th turn, I'm guessing even a tiny warming flame would be extremely efficient, GpS-wise.
1 turn: pointless in my opinion, it is slightly more efficient than 1/2 turn, but a TON of heat rolls up outside the pot. I had to put on a kitchen mitt to hold the digital thermometer over the pot. I also needed the kitchen mitt to grab the pot's handles at the end of the test. I don't carry a mitt in my backpack. :p
A wider pot might help with the escaping heat. The 1.2L pot I used is the largest that I personally use/have, and is 5" in diameter. However, it's quite possible that a wider pot would change how effective a more opened up valve would be -- especially with all the heat that escaped during my experiment.
Finally, I should add that ALL tests used roughly the same amount of fuel to boil the water (about 9-10 grams of fuel). However the efficiency would come more into play when you keep the heat applied after reaching the boiling point. At 1/4 turn, you'd do much better on fuel used over a longer duration. Even better if you turn down the flame once boiling is reached.
How many pots of water can I boil with this can of gas?
The Fuel Consumed value makes estimating (guesstimating!) how many times you can boil water from a can of fuel pretty simple. Using the Net Weight of the fuel canister, and using "10" Fuel Consumed as the "standard" makes the math easy. For example, my 16oz JetBoil fuel can's Net Weight is 450g. 450/10 = 45.0, so around 45 pots of boiling water. An 8oz MSR canister is 227g, thus 22.7 pots of boiling water.
On average, how many minutes will this can of gas run?
The average GpS for the MSR is 0.054548. Thus CanisterNetWeight / 0.054548 = seconds
450g canister: 450/0.054548 = 8,249.653 sec / 60 = 137.494 min / 60 = 2.292 hours
227g canister: 227/0.054548 = 4,161.491 sec / 60 = 69.358 min / 60 = 1.156 hours
Note: this is the run time to achieve boiling pots of water
Another way to look at it, min/max run time.
Least efficient was at 1/2 turn. 450/0.074763 = 6,019.020104 sec / 60 = 100.317 min / 60 = 1.672 hours
Most efficient was at 1/8 turn. 450/0.016029 = 28,074.116 sec / 60 = 467.902 min / 60 = 7.798 hours
So that can will last somewhere from ~1.5 hours to ~7.75 hours of continuous burning.
Note: this is just a "run run run" result. You might be boiling water, you might be slow cooking a pot roast, or you might be heating your tent (eep!) all night long.
My buddy had one of these when we were stuck out in the box at NTC for a month getting sand blasted, trading hot coffee for cigarettes and candy.
Light weight, fast heat.
Keep in mind that the Rocket doesn't have a built-in igniter, so you'll have to bring a lighter, matches, flint and steel, or the MSR pen igniter.
I used a MSR fuel cannister, a bic lighter, and the 24 oz Stanley Adventure Camp cook pot. There was a light breeze but I didn't need a wind screen. It boiled 2 cups of water in a little over a minute. The Stanley cook pot was stable on the stove and the snow peak titanium spork was long enough if you need to stir something.
Next summer I should have a chance to use it more because we decided to try a weekend backpacking trip and our Rock Island camping trip again.