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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It's been a while since I've posted anything.

Here's a quick video on a stove that's stood the test of time, the MSR Dragonfly.  Notice that during the priming of the stove, there is no "fireball".  It takes some practice, but it is possible to prime a white gas stove without a fireball, particularly on a nice stove like the Dragon fly with it's really fine valve control.

12 comments:

  1. Good to see you posting again.

    I would love to see some posts on vintage stoves: Primus No.96, etc, or just general stove history.

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    1. Sigh. So many stoves; so little time. I'll see what I can do.

      HJ

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  2. Hey Hikin' Jim! Glad to see you posting again. I enjoy the heck out of your writing.

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    1. Thanks, radf 9760. Would that I had more time. I have however made several new postings.

      HJ

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  3. Ck. Out spiritburner.com I have been hanging there for years. Joe

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    1. As have I although it's been moved to ClassicCampStoves.com

      HJ

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  4. Welcome back, love your reviews - Thnx!

    GWN

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    1. Thanks, GWN. I've posted several more items since this one.

      HJ

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  5. Have you tried the quiet stove damper on any of your stoves? Curious how it performs. Saw a dragonfly in person with one of Berniedawgs silencers and have to say it was very quite!

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    1. Yes, I have tried the Quiet Stove dampers/silent caps, and they work very well. They're not quite the work of art of the BernieDawg silencers, but they do the job.

      HJ

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  6. Jim--The one thing that frustrates me about the MSR gas stoves is the messy priming process (moreso with the Whisperlite than with the Dragonfly). I wish MSR would invent a clean priming feature like Coleman has on its white gas stoves (i.e. drawing a fuel/air mixture off the headspace in the top of the tank).

    Then I came across this video and thought this was genius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TepzpwbVSMY

    I bought a SOTO Pocket Torch and plan to try this in the future on an MSR Whisperlite. I figure I'll always have lighters with me, and for an extra couple ounces of weight, the Pocket Torch lets me forego the mini-bonfire-sooty-priming-process.

    What do you think?

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    1. Robert,

      He has the right idea, but he's applying the heat to the wrong spot. I mean it will work, but it will be a lot more efficient to apply the heat to the top of the generator loop, i.e. that part of the fuel line that extends above the burner.

      A Soto torch should work well.

      QUESTION: Have you tried alcohol for priming? Traditionally, alcohol (as in denatured alcohol from a hardware store or HEET gas line anti-freeze) has been used to prime stoves going back at least 100 years. In fact, MSR used to include a little squeeze bottle for alcohol priming with their stoves.
      Alcohol burns cleanly.

      So, there, you now have not one but two ways to prime a stove, soot-free.

      Regards,

      HJ

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