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.
Otherwise, the inner workings of the two stoves are identical including the same overall design, simmer control, integrated piezo lighter, and microregulator valve.
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.
- 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.
- Easy to misplace 3-support pot stand and stove can’t be used without it.
- Effectiveness of new windproof design is overstated.
- 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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