1. Thermal Trip Mechanism. This is a safety feature – and an improved one at that.
If your stove overheats, a very dangerous situation could ensue. Recall that there is a canister of highly flammable gas directly attached to the stove. To prevent overheating, there is a Thermal Trip Mechanism that shuts down the stove if it gets too hot. Once the stove cools down, the Thermal Trip Mechanism can be reset in the field, and the stove returned to operation. Overheating is not a common occurrence, but you should familiarize yourself with the reset procedure just in case. The ability to reset the burner in the field (instead of sending it back to the manufacturer) is a major improvement in this type of mechanism.
|An MSR Windboiler|
- Wait five minutes for the stove to cool (with the valve closed of course).
- Detach the canister
- Open the valve two full turns
- Insert the tip of one leg of the canister stand into the air inlet in the burner column until it stops. The little plastic flange on the leg will stop the leg at the proper place (see photo below).
- Rotate the leg clockwise until you hear a click. Rotating the leg will depress the brass jet inside the burner column.
- Close the valve.
- Reattach the canister
- Restart the stove
|The little flange on the tip of the leg is sticking up above the rest of the canister stand in the photo above.|
2. "Loose" pot cozy. Now, by loose, I don't mean it's going to fall of and dash you dinner to the ground. Nothing like that.
|The pot cozy of an MSR Windboiler, shown on the pot.|
|The pot cozy affixes to this bracket on the side of the pot.|
|If your cozy doesn't secure properly to the pot, MSR will replace it for free.|
To replace, simply lift up the tab as shown, slide off the old cozy, and slide on the new one.
Underburn is rare, and you may never encounter it, but you need to know how to correct it: Turn off the stove. That's it. That's the corrective action. Turn off the stove, let it cool a bit, and then restart the stove.
How can I identify underburn? The below video shows you what under burn looks and sounds like. Underburn occurs at 0:35 in the video. Note that I shut off the stove immediately. Underburn does NOT mean your stove is defective. It just happens sometimes, and it's nothing to get worried about.
If you do experience under burn, simply shut the stove off and wait a minute or so. After a minute has transpired, restart the stove. The stove should now burn normally. I can't imagine that it would, but if the stove for some reason goes into underburn again, shut it off, but this time wait longer before restarting. Underburn most frequently occurs when restarting a hot stove. Generally, you can prevent underburn if you wait a minute or so before relighting the stove. You should NOT allow the stove to continue to burn if it goes into underburn. The stove is not designed to operate with the flame inside the burner.
UPDATE 6 Feb 2015: Regarding underburn, I consider the possibility of this occurring to be extremely low. I did a test recently where I deliberately set up conditions that would be conducive to underburn. In fifty attempts to deliberately induce underburn, I got just one occurrence. It's worth knowing what to do (turn off the stove), but, bottom line, it'll probably never happen to you. The chances of encountering underburn may be further reduced by using a match or lighter instead of a firesteel.
I hope you found this post useful.
- "First Look" Report
- Trail Report #1
- Hanging Kit I
- Lighting the Windboiler
- Wind Testing
- Coffee Press
- Hanging Kit II
- MSR Windboiler – Three Things to Note
- Cooking Ability
- Final, Completed Review
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