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Soto WindMaster OD-1RX Canister Stove

manufactured by:
Philip Werner
Version:
1

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On August 8, 2013
Last modified:August 30, 2015

Summary:

The WindMaster is a good stove but I think the real value of its design is that you can use the different pot stands for solo trips or group trips where you have to cook for several people. It's really that simple.

Soto Outdoors has come out with a new canister stove called the WindMaster OD-1RX which they claim is more windproof and uses less fuel to boil the same amount of water than other canister stoves, including I assume, the Soto OD-1R Microregulator stove that I’ve been using the past two years and wrote a long term review about recently.

The chief difference between these two stoves is the shape of the burner heads and way the pot supports work. The old stove has a convex burner head while the new WindMaster has a burner head that is recessed below a metal lip designed to provide better lateral wind protection.

The old OD-1R stove also has an integrated stand that is ideal for cooking with smaller diameter pots, while the new WindMaster comes with a pot stand that is a separate piece which must be clipped onto the stove before use. A 3 support pot stand for small diameter pots (shown folded below for transport) is included with the WindMaster, but you can also upgrade to a 4 support pot stand designed for wider diameter pots or frying pans that are more suitable for larger group cooking.

Small Diameter Pot Stand
WindMaster Stove and Small Diameter Pot Stand

Otherwise, the inner workings of the two stoves are identical including the same overall design, simmer control, integrated piezo lighter, and microregulator valve.

Collapsed Pot Supports
The ‘older’ Soto OD-1R Stove

Blowing in the Wind

I don’t want to sound too cynical, but I’ve gotten a bit skeptical about canister stove manufacturer’s efficiency claims and take them with a grain of salt. I’m also not convinced that the recessed burner head on the new WindMaster is as much of a slam dunk as Soto claims.

Here’s another video of the effect that wind has on the WindMaster. Decide for yourself. Is the recessed burner head really that wind resistant? I’m not seeing it. (The winds in both these videos were about 10 mph and both videos were shot in locations protected by trees.)

A Group System Stove

The WindMaster is still a good stove because it’s essentially identical to the older OD-R1, but I think the real value of its design is that you can use the different pot stands for solo trips or group trips where you have to cook for several people. It’s really that simple.

The only downside in my mind of having multiple pot supports is that they are so easy to lose because they are not part of stove. In fact, I’ve already mis-placed my small WindMaster pot stand, though I’m sure it will show up eventually.

 Likes

  • Very lightweight canister stove – 2.3 ounces, including small diameter pot stand.
  • Boils water very fast – 11,000 BTU.
  • Very small and easy to store in a cook pot with a large fuel canister.

Dislikes

  • Easy to misplace 3-support pot stand and stove can’t be used without it. 
  • Effectiveness of new windproof design is overstated.

Manufacturer Specifications

  • Output:2800 kcal/h 3260w 11000 BTU
  • Burns approx.1.5 hours with 8 oz.(250g) canister.
  • Weight:2.3 oz.(67g) with the pot support
  • Dimensions when in use (Stove body + Pot support):3.6 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch (9.0 x 11.7 x 9.7 cm)
  • Dimensions when stowed (Stove body only):1.9 x 3.6 x 3.5 inch (4.7 x 9.0 x 8.8 cm)
  • Dimensions when stowed (Pot support):3.7 x 0.4 x 1.0 inch (9.4 x 1.0 x 3.3 cm)

Disclosure: Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) received a free Soto WindMaster OD-1RX stove for this review. 

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15 comments

  1. I would question the more focused heat production, too. Like the JetBoil, without a pot capable of using the excess heat (a heat exchanger) efficiency could be a bit less than optimal. The narrow gap between the burner and the pot could also lead to somewhat higher CO production than the older stove.

  2. The biggest improvement i see here is the interchangable pot stand. I find it frustrating to have to own different stoves for different sized groups, this makes much more sense.

    I think they’re on the right track with the recessed burner head. I beleive the key to a more wind resistant stove would be a head shaped like a rocket nozzle or an inverted bell. Holes at the shape of the bell should be sized large enough to draw in the correct oxygen ratio for the most often used burner setting, and the bell should be sized large enough so that 100% of combusion occurs internally. The shape of the nozzle would then focus radient heat upward while forcing hot ehaust gasses up toward the pot and through the heat exchanger to escape.

    The drawback would be a stove that is a little taller and a little heavier.

  3. Confused:

    This review kind of goes against what you said on the MSR Reactor not many months prior to this post.

    “I don’t want to sound too cynical, but I’ve gotten a bit skeptical about canister stove manufacturer’s efficiency claims and take them with a grain of salt.”

    My comments regarding your data on the MSR Reactor:

    “Agreed earlier from V. A review is not really regurgitating manufacturer data and calling it all good. Companies fib all the time and get away with it.”

    So which is it on the MSR Reactor? You agree with data or still are deciding how you want to review items. Consistancy in the review process is a quality review, but hammering some and leaving the big boys to slide on their numbers is not what some (me) look for.

    • Really – I think I’m amazingly consistent. First off, I never recorded any data for the MSR stove and reviewed it based on it’s functional merits not its boil times or any half assed measurements of boil times that I preformed. While I did provide a reader with a list of the manufacturer’s boil time claims, I never claimed that they were accurate, only that that was all the information I had available.

      see http://sectionhiker.com/msr-reactor-1-0l-stove-system/

      But what puzzles me is why you think I’m sliding on Soto or MSR. Once again, I’ve reviewed this stove on its functional merits and provided some movies which seem to contradict their claims about wind resistance.

      How have I been inconsistent? I’m not getting it.

  4. Your review of the MSR uses data from the manufacturer in the review, and it was not until you were called out on it in the comments that you said it was manufacturer data. I don’t own either stove so I could care less about them. Its the process of the review that seems different. Please clearly state that data you use is your own, or the manufacturers data in the future.

    My comment on this review is that you kind have said you take the data as a grain of salt.

    So if it is a grain of salt could you clearly state in the future that you did not record any personal data, and are using manufactures data?

    Thanks outdoors

    Great site by the way

  5. Bought this and promptly returned it going back to my OD-1R … the removable pot stand just didn’t make sense to me and the entire stove as a whole took up more space then my OD-1R …. might have some wind benefits but just wasn’t impressed.

    • Yeah – I’m sending mine to a friend who reviews hiking stoves. Took me a while to find the pot stand after I’d misplaced it. Stupid to not have the thing attached more permanently to the burner.

  6. Just finished a 100 mile hike in the Shenandoah’s with this stove. Besides being terrified of losing the support (I didn’t), it is the best stove I’ve used. Incredibly light, don’t have to look for matches/lighter, and jaw droppingly fast boil times. I never had a problem with wind. Because of the fast boil times it is super stingy on fuel. I have no data to back this up, just my impressions from the trail. Also using the Olicamp pot per your recommendation. That pot was an ounce heavier than advertised, but a sweet size and works great with this stove.

  7. Hi Phil, I recently purchased a WindMaster as my Crux stove broke. I took it on a 3-day backpacking trip two weeks ago with a small canister (3.5 oz Jetboil canister). Because I tend to drink two large pots of tea per day, one of these canisters often doesn’t quite make it. On this occasion I actually had enough fuel left over to make another pot of tea at home. It definitely seems to boil the water about twice as quickly as my old Crux and gives me the impression of more concentrated heat. One morning it was a bit slower as it was about 40 degrees but it still boiled the water quickly. Overall I really like it. But I will try hard not to lose the pot support!!

    Regards, Christine

  8. The question I have is 2 fold. Reading on the Soto site it appears that the Windmaster This appliance shall only be used with Butane 70%/propane 30% mix gas canister certified to EN 417 yet there is no Mention of this that I saw on the older OD-1R. I am just starting to look into a canister stoves and wonder if this could be a issue one stove over the other? My second question is with the WIndmaster burner being so close would one be better off to use a alum pot vs a Ti pot? Otherwise will food be more apt to burn in a Ti pot using the Windmaster vs the Older OD-1R

  9. I’m considering this stove for my kit, deciding between this and the micro rocket. I think your idea of windproof may be a little skewed. The stove itself cannot control or protect the flame above the stove the way a complete system like the jetboil can, but rather protect the flame from blowing out, which the OD-1X seems to do very well. I like the way the pot support contacts the pot, but agree that it needs to be attached.
    Thanks for the review!

  10. I purchased the Soto Windmaster Stove and like everything about it except for the detachable 3 prong pot support. It seems easy to misplace. The 4 prong pot supports attach to the stove.

    I was on the trail 5 days/4 nights and burned a little more than one 8 ounce canister. I had 2 teenage boys with me and we did not actively conserve fuel. I boiled water for 1-2 cups of coffee and oatmeal every morning, We made 3 separate meals every night for the 3 of us. We fried fish 2 nights in a row.

    This stove is easy to control the flame.

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