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MSR Reactor Stove System

Item #: 35804

Our Price: $199.95

State-of-the-art cookware and revolutionary stove design combine to create the fastest, most fuel efficient system ever. The MSR Reactor's™ radiant burner is enclosed by a unique heat exchanger for unmatched performance in windy conditions while an advanced pressure regulator provides optimal heat output over the life of each fuel canister. Stove and fuel canister stow inside of the high efficiency 1.7 liter pot that's great for everything from solo trips to cooking for groups of up to three people. A collapsible handle locks the unique see-thru lid in place for safe and easy transport.
  • Dimensions: 4.5 in x 6 in (11.4 cm x 15.25 cm)
  • Wt. 1 lbs 1.5 oz (496 g)
  • Aluminum
  • Includes one 1. 7 liter pot, heat exchanger and radiant burner
  • Fuel: Uses one 8 oz. isobutane canister (sold separately).
  • Unrivaled boil time: Out-performs the competition in lab tests - boiling 1 liter of water in just 3 minutes, with an even greater advantage in challenging conditions.
  • Maximum Efficiency: Patent pending radiant burner and heat exchanger make the Reactor™ the most efficient all-condition stove system, so you carry less fuel.
  • Unmatched wind protection: Radiant burner head is enclosed by heat exchanger for total protection in even the windiest conditions.
  • Integrated System: State-of-the-art stove and high efficiency pot are combined into one compact, easy to use system.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
MSR Reactor Stove System
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Easy to light (8)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Easy to clean (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (9)
    • High altitude (7)
    • Hiking (6)
    • Car camping (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (4), Casual/ recreational (4)
      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort driven (6), Survivalist / minimalist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Fast as Fast can be

    By Reddawg

    from Forida

    About Me Military/Law Enforcement

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Car Camping

    Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

    This stove is fast

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Solid performer

    By Bruce, avid camp-out-of-canoe 60-yr old

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy to Light
    • Lightweight
    • Msr Camp Stove
    • Pcs
    • Personal Camp Stove

    Cons

    • Fragile

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Canoe Trip
    • High Altitude
    • Hiking

    Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

    Only used on 4 canoe coming trips so far; excellent at what it does - heats lots if water quickly. Pros: lightweight, efficient functionality, with proper prep it balances well on rocky surface, decent price. Improvements needed: handle seems weak at connection point to container, lid over propane canister should fit tighter when packed.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    works great at high altitude

    By taxman

    from Boston

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy to Light
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Stable

    Cons

    • Somewhat hard to simmer

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • High Altitude

    Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

    Worked fine at 9800 ft. elevation in the Tetons. Boils water very quickly. Stability OK if base under gas cannister chosen with care.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    MSR Reactor Stove

    By Mr P

    from Beaumont, Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy to Light
    • Great temperature control
    • Powerful
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • High Altitude
      • Hiking

      Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

      We use two of these stoves for a 12 person Boy Scout crew hiking at Philmont in New Mexico. Boils water very quickly which is then used to hydrate food. Only negative is that there are not any pots or pans that you can use directly on the burner. MDS should design some pots/pans that you can cook with for this stove.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great system

      By David the high adventurist

      from Finger Lakes, NY

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult to Light

      Best Uses

      • ANTIME ANYWHERE
      • Backpacking
      • Car Camping
      • High Altitude
      • Hiking

      Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

      I have had this stove system for about 2 years now and I have never had any problems with it at all. I am more of a light packer for the most part. My boy scout troop goes on long camping trips very often ( 4-5+ days) and this stove has repeatedly outperformed any larger stove system and any lightweight system I have ever owned. It may seem big, but you can fit a fuel canister, the burner, and the cleaning cloth that comes with it all in the system itself or inside the pot. The handle clamps over the top and has a hinge so it is compact and secure for any long hike or short day hike. It boils 2 cups of water in less than a minute and thats all you can ask for if you use Mountian House food products, it even has a 2 cup marker in the pot for your convienence. The burner is not self lighting but any simple match or lighter or if your good enough a magnesium stick, can light it very easily. If it had an auto lighter such as the jet-boil, which my father uses, it would deserve 5 stars easily ( even though my dad asks all the time to use it because it outperforms the jetboil anyday ). The fuel consumption is little to none and for a 7 day, 3 times a day trip, I usually go through about 2 or 3 canisters, not the big green ones but the small red ones. This stove has served me well in the Allagash, atop Mt. Washington, Mt. McKinley, Pikes Peak, the Grand Canyon, and even in the cold of Alaska this baby fires right up first time everytime and never fails to amaze me. This stove is the only non- lightweight gear that I have but it is well worth the extra 10 oz, which is nothing much anyway. The only complaint that I would have about the system is its burner is rounded so that it fits the pot perfectly, but not any regular flat bottom pot, you have to hold it above the burner which isnt that much of a burden but is the only compliant I can think of. Those who say it is unstable must either set it up on a non-flat surface, or are in very heavy wind. As the pot just sits on the burner and doesnt twist on as the jet-boil does, but it also spends about half the time on the burner as the jet-boil is very slow at boiling water. Lastly you can put the stove system away almost instantly after you use it as it cools off very quickly and is simple to pack. Just remember it goes cloth-burner-fuel-top. The fuel fits perfectly on top of the burner and the lid sits perfectly on the top of the fuel, holding it in place. Overall you will spend a lot more in fuel for other systems and have to pack more fuel for longer trips. The MSR reactor is an all-in-one package that fits perfectly into a heavy or light packers gear. You will not regret buying this system at all, trust me I'm an Eagle Scout.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Good stove, but I am out of luck

      By garuda

      from Baldwin Park,CA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Clean
      • Great temperature control
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • High Altitude
        • Hiking

        Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

        I like this stove very much. It is strong, powerful, light, easy to start and control.But I do not like the cover of the pot. The material of this cover is plastic. I think the metal material is better than plastic.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Comfort Driven
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great stove fast heating

        By LoveTheOutdoors

        from California

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Light
        • Great temperature control
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking

          Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

          Really fast heat times with effecient use of fuel

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Minimalist
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          WIOW FAST

          By HACKMAN

          from TENNESSE

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy to Light
          • Great temperature control
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • High Altitude
            • Hiking

            Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

            BACKPACKING TRIP HOT WATER BOILING UNDER 2 MIN!

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Fast and easy

            By Matteo

            from Oregon

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Light
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking

            Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

            Works great and is easy to set up. In my opinion, works better for boiling water than for actual cooking as it's a little hard to dial it in for simmering. I appreciate the ability to use a canister in cooler/higher altitude situations where I would normally switch over to a white gas stove.

            As the cannister serves as the base, the setup is a bit less stable than some other stoves. It would also be nice if the stove could be secured to the burner like you can with the Jetboil.

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            The right decision

            By Mari-posa

            from Springfield, MO

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Stable

            Cons

            • Poor temperature control

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • Everything
            • High Altitude
            • Hiking

            Comments about MSR Reactor Stove System:

            This thing is amazing. Big enough to cook for two, probably even 3, self contained, and POWERFUL. I absolutely love it!

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            • Q:

              How does it work in very cold weather ?
              Asked on 10/26/2011 by eric from Vergennes VT

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                This is not made for use below 32 degrees. The best option for winter stove use would be a stove that burns liquid fuel.

                Answered on 10/27/2011 by Betty
            • Q:

              can you use flatbottom cookwear with this?
              Asked on 7/10/2011 by tim from ny

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Since the burner is convex it would need concave bottom cook wear. Flat bottom cook wear will not work.

                Answered on 7/12/2011 by Steve from Campmor
            • Q:

              When the catilytic burner finally quits, where do we get a replacement?
              Asked on 10/27/2010 by JJ from Texas

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Please contact MSR for replacement parts of the MSR Reactor Stove System. Their phone number is 800-531-9531.

                Answered on 11/1/2010 by SkyeLab from New Jersey
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