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We review the MSR Windboiler stove, a camping stove with a super-efficient radiant burner designed to work in winds in excess of 50mph.

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Fast outdoor cooking in virtually any conditions

One of the biggest problems when cooking outdoors in Britain, especially in winter, is the wind – it can either extinguish your stove altogether or make it virtually impossible to get water up to boiling point.

The industry award-winning Windboiler solves that problem thanks to a super-efficient radiant burner combined with an enclosed design which allows it to boil half-a-litre of water in less than three minutes in a 12mph wind (some other stoves can’t actually reach boiling point at all in these conditions), and it will even work in winds in excess of 50mph. It also uses less fuel than other stoves, which means you don’t have to carry as much weight.

The Windboiler comes with an easy-to-use handheld design; the cooking pot twists securely onto the stove and won’t slip off, and the integrated bowl will hold enough for two people. The lid also works as a strainer and a drinking lid and is coffee press compatible (one of the accessories available to go with the Windboiler).

The whole thing, including the fuel canister, packs away into a 1-litre pot so takes up little room in your pack, and it’s quick and easy to set up and break down. Build quality is excellent and all said the Windboiler is a pretty essential piece of kit for any keen camper or backpacker.

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