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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    2) The Nova's regulator is attached at the burner as opposed to the tank on the Whisperlite. This seems to create far superior flame control in YouTube videos I watched. One reviewer pointed out though that because of that when you turn the stove off the remaining fuel in the line can't burn out/evaporate. Is simply holding the line up and letting it drain back into the tank sufficient to get gas out or will it be dripping out - in particular once it is back in my backpack? Not sure if fuel lines on these things have some sort of valve mechanism like the hose on a hydration bladder that close the line when it is unplugged or if they are just open.
    The Whisperlite does not burn all the fuel in the line when you shut off the regulator at the bottle. You can depressurize the bottle and then let (most of) the fuel drain back, but I generally burn off the fuel in the line at the line end, after unplugging it from the bottle.

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    Senior Member DayTrip's Avatar
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    I noticed that a lot of the stove reviews (for MSR, Optimus and others) go back to 2012 or earlier. A lot has changed for many of these stoves since then. I generally try not to place too much weight on reviews for anything unless I see a common issue over and over, which usually means the issue is legit. YouTube is nice because you can see it for yourself, even if the reviewer is "slanting" the review one way or the other.

    I think I've slowly come back around to a white gas stove and the basic Whisperlite. Dependable design made for what I'm using it for. The SVEA 123R probably is
    a more dependable and simple design but has the shortest burn times/smallest fuel capacity and is the slowest stove I have seen, not a good combination. The Reactor is basically a variant of my JetBoil and given how expensive it is I don't really want to plunk down that kind of money for the "same thing" I have and the related concerns I have now, even if maybe it does perform better. And that Nova stove really seems to be the same stove as the Whisperlite with better materials and some better design elements. It was slower than the Whisperlite in videos I watched, but not prohibitively so. That premium in price may be worth it.
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    My read on whisperlight's is they arent cheap construction, its a proven design that has been on the market a long time. Parts are readily available for 30 year old stoves and barring major abuse are infinitely rebuildable. Nothing wrong with "plastic" components on the fuel system. with the exception of design flaw on the early Dragonfly pumps I havent heard of many pump failures except for folks who dont check the O rings or expect the leathers will last forever without lubrication. Even a metal pump has O rings. It was optimized to put out a lot of heat in short time, if you want to do "gourmet" cooking with turn down go with a gas stove or if its large group, a MSR Dragonfire puts out plenty of heat with excellent turn down. The trade off with a whisperlight is it was optimized for the demands of a small group. It works for two folks but is actually is better with a group of 3 or 4 which was a typical winter party. For solo or a couple I expect the Svea's are the right size but up the group size and the output and fuel capacity is not enough which can lead to flare ups due it being pushed past its capacity.

    In the ancient history of VFTT when we had the Gatherings, I traditionally did large pots of spaghetti and my stove of choice was either a 2 burner coleman or my Dragonfly.

    Back when I was assisting a local scout troop we were in the market for white gas stoves, we looked at several brands and eventually picked whisperlights as they were the simplest. We trained many 11 year olds on how to run them and maintain them and they held up for 10 years of use and were probably running long after I stopped assisting them. A lot of other scout troops made the same choice. I even had a few scouts who picked up the trick to simmering.

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