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MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove
|fuel type||Liquefied Petroleum Gas|
|Power Source||Gas Powered|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5 x 4 x 7.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.16 Pounds|
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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
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PocketRocket 2 Stove
The next-generation PocketRocket 2 stove takes everything impressive about the iconic original and puts it into an even smaller and lighter high-performance design. Barely noticeable in your pack, it’s fast at camp, boiling 1 liter of water in 3.5 minutes. Precision flame control goes from torch to simmer, while our WindClip windshield boosts efficiency in breezy conditions. New folding pot supports create an exceptionally tiny packed size, and they now accommodate a wider range of vessels-pair this stove with the MSR Titan Kettle for the ultimate fast and light kit.
- Ultralight: Weighs just 73 g (2.6 oz.)
- Fast: Boils 1 liter of water in just 3.5 minutes
- Compact: Folding pot supports pack exceptionally small, fitting into an MSR Titan or Insulated Mug
- Strong: Robust pot supports offer excellent stability
- Wind-Resistant: WindClip wind protection and focused burner pushes a persistent, solid flame
The MSR PocketRocket Ultralight and Compact Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove is the ideal solution for minimalist and fast-and-light adventures, hiking, trekking, and global travel. 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. 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. Available in 2 styles: The PR 2: Ultra Compact stove weighs 2.6 ounces (4.2 ounces in its included hard case), measures 4.8x4.8x3.6 inches when open, and packs down to 2x2x3 inches; the PR Deluxe : With Piezo Igniter weighs 2.9 ounces (3.4 ounces in the included stuff sack) and measures 1.5x2.2x3.3 inches when open. Manufacturer’s 3-year limited warranty.
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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.
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.
MSR should be ashamed to put there brand on this stove.
That being said, the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 is pretty fantastic. It's extremely light weight and packs into almost no space at all. Because I'm lazy, I also bought an MSR piezo ignitor, which conveniently fits right in the case for the PR2.
Efficiency-wise, it works pretty well. It doesn't bring a half liter of water to boil as fast as, say, the Jet Boil. But it's considerably smaller and lighter than a full JB setup. On the other hand, it greatly outperforms a liquid gas stove or a stick burner--especially on windy days. In fact, set up a small windbreak for this thing, and it really cooks.
In a world of compromises, I don't think you can go wrong with the MSR PR2 when you want to go fast and light, but want the convenience of a hot beverage of meal quickly after making camp. I highly recommend this for backpackers.
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Good heat output and very fast. I did a test with 500ml of water and a fresh gas canister, boiled in about 90s (indoors with no wind). I'd maybe add a cheap folding windshield as obviously the flame is a bit more vulnerable outdoors. And no piezo ignition which is a big plus! They always break after a few months so you need to carry a backup lighter anyway. The stove lights with just the spark from a BIC.
I bought it as a cheaper alternative to a Jetboil and very happy with it. I combined it with a Stanley pot. I can fit the stove, a cup, gas and a few brew making supplies in the whole thing. Came to about 50 quid so half the price of a Jetboil.
The only criticism I have is that it is very loud but that might just be because I've been using Trangias for the last couple of years. Figuring out how to fold/unfold it is a bit of a puzzle as well but that's minor. All in all, a great bit of kit and really good value as MSR is a decent brand.
If I lost it would I buy it again?.....You bet I would!
There are lighter stoves in the market but they are not as durable and windproof.
The new design, however, folds in two places. It's great for the product's packability but if you move pot sideways when cooking the foldable part stove on which the pot is placed on can move sideways(sometimes, if the pot if full), like when it is folded.
I would still have bought it if I knew this but I have to be a little more conscious when I am using it.