SOTO WindMaster w/Micro Regulator and 4Flex
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- 4 Flex Support for large pots
- Boil 2 cups of water in under 2 1/2 minutes in strong winds and gusty weather.
- Continuous output under colder weather and shock resistant
- Dimensions When in Use: 5.9 x 5.9 x 3.2 inch (15.0 x 15.0 x 8.0 cm) Weight: 5.0 oz (160g), Dimensions When Stowed: 1.34 x 1.8 x 2.5 inch (3.4 x 4.62 x 6.37 cm)
- DOES NOT INCLUDE FUEL CANISTER. FUEL CANISTER SOLD SEPARATELY.
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Meticulously engineered and crafted the 3.1 ounces. Soto WindMaster ultralight backpacking stove outperforms its competitors by maintaining a strong flame on stormy, blustery days. WindMaster includes a stove body, carry bag, and 4-Flex Support. Designed to position pot close to the flame making it nearly impossible for the wind to penetrate the stove's flame. With the installation of the micro regulator, the WindMaster is able to maintain a consistent output when challenging the limits in this category of stoves. The stove is shock resistant. The stealth igniter installed inside the burner post improves ignition and prevents breakage. Output: 2800 kcal/h 3260w 11000 BTU
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I'm glad I got this model. It's quiet, it's light, you don't need to bring a secondary spark to light the stove, and the four prong attachment it came with is stable. It fits inside the 30oz Ti Snowpeak pot fine (with the prongs, a small sponge, a collapsible set of chopsticks, and a zippo. I ended up getting the 3 prong attachment for weight savings, but I can see where previous complaints of stability came from: it's much smaller.
WindMaster indeed: I just used my body/a tree to block most of the wind, and it's fine. It's heavier than some other stoves, but you save on not needing a wind screen. It can get reasonably low power on the flame in milder weather.
If you're not going to gamble on getting a BRS that doesn't melt and don't mind something a bit heavier (25g vs 65g~), then get this stove.
First, a negative. When screwing this stove onto a gas canister, or unscrewing it, there is a slight leak, which wastes fuel. In a situation where every bit of fuel counts, that is not ideal. The smaller Soto Compact Folding Stove is better at this and does not leak.
Second negative. The bag that it comes in is super flimsy. Since this unit needs to be separate from the cup, I wish it had a more structured, durable, and protective case. Here again, the smaller Soto Compact Folding Stove wins, as it has a really great structured canvas case, which is a bit of a waste since the big advantage of the compact is that it's small enough to fit in a cup with a canister. This Windmaster needs a structured case.
Third is the positive and oh what a positive it is. Of all the gas canister stoves I have (jetboils, gigapower, Soto Compact), and even including some of my liquid fuel stoves, this Windmaster has the best simmer control. And by "Best" I mean UNREAL levels of simmer throttling. Wow....just....wow.
If I were heading out on an extended trip and my primary was a gas canister stove and a few gas canisters, and I knew I wanted to do some cooking, this would, without a doubt, be the stove I would bring.
Combine this stove with the Optimus Terra Weekend HE .95L Pot and you have a cooking set that is absolutely rock solid for just about all the basic solo backpacker's cooking needs. It would serve just as well.
Incidentally, I also purchased the optional 4 bar pot support for the Windmaster, and this makes larger pots very stable.
NOTE HERE: For larger pots, the Windmaster does cause a hot spot, since all the flame is directed straight upwards. If you have a good wind screen or heat reflector, the Soto Compact Folding stove is a better fit because it directs the flame outwards instead of straight up, which spreads heat a little. A good example would be the Optimus Terra HE 3 Pot Cook Set (I don't own that set, so just guessing, of course).
Either way, if you're looking for a compact gas canister stove, and plan on doing cooking in the field with a requirement for decent simmer control, you won't find better for 3 season backpacking.
When they say "wind"master, they're not kidding.
This may not be the smallest pressurized gas canister based stove out there, but it is shockingly effective.
If you read the marketing material, the design of the flame expulsion point is the key. Most others have a convex cone or dome shape, so wind can put out the flame. The Windmaster has a tiny wall going all around the edge, but also the wide diameter flame expulsion surface area is concave, making it harder for wind to blow the flame out.
That flame expulsion area is really a wide diameter, so when the flame is going full blast, it's pretty potent.
But the Windmaster has another advantage: the flame throttling thing (no idea what it's called) doesn't go from zero to full blast in half a turn, it actually is much more fine tuned than that, requiring several turns to go from zero to full blast. That's a good thing, because it gives much more control over the flame strength than I thought was possible with a unit this small.
It's small enough to fit into a GSI Halulite mug, but you can't fit a gas canister in there as well. It's one or the other. On the plus side, you could have this, a silicone pot holder, and maybe a small or folding utensil in the mug.
All in all, for ultralight camping, this is a definite plus, and from a control and flexibility perspective, it gets an automatic 4 stars in my book.
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I have many ways to boil water etc but I really like this stove, works well even in the wind (moderate wind tests so far) is pretty quiet unless at full bore and its very quick to boil water ( I use toaks 1600 ml titanium pot or zebra 14cm lunch pot)
I'm tending to take this out instead of of trangia burner because it's so quickbut I do like the total silence of the spirit burner.