I was asked some months ago if there is a significant difference between the Soto Windmaster and the BRS 3000T stoves with respect to fuel consumption. I used the Soto Windmaster during my Arctic Sweden hike last September in 2109. So in October 2019 I decided to conduct a little test comparing the stoves. Here are the results, a discussion and my personal opinion in conclusion.
The test ambient conditions were:
- air temperature 13℃
- wind was blowing at 6 m/s
- no wind protection was used // I wanted to simulate how much fuel I would normally use when out camping. On a normal hike, I will sit protected behind my shelter, using a rock, my sit pad or something else as a wind shield.
- boiling approximately 200 ml of water took 1 minute 45 seconds and used approximately 6 grams of fuel
- boiling approximately 400 ml of water took 3 minutes 20 seconds and used approximately 9 grams of fuel
- boiling approximately 200 ml of water took 1 minute 56 seconds and used approximately 7 grams of fuel
- boiling approximately 400 ml of water took 4 minutes 47 seconds and used approximately 10 grams of fuel
*** I used a small kitchen scale with a graduation of 1 gram. The weights can therefore only be approximate and are not strictly accurate ***
- Power: 3260w
- Weight: stove including the TriFlex pot support & stuff sack 78 g
- with micro regulator & offers a wide range of flame control options
- built-in igniter
- built-in raised wind-guard above the burner
- Power: 2700W
- Weight: stove including the stuff sack 25 g
- does not have a pressure regulator
- has no ignition device
- no wind protection
The Soto Windmaster stove is nearly impossible to extinguish in windy conditions. The built-in raised wind-guard is a nifty feature that really does work. The quality of the Soto Windmaster is far superior to the cheaper BRS 3000T stove and here there is no comparison.
I used the BRS 3000T on a recent hike in late January 2020 just to confirm my personal opinion of this product. You have to screw it on real tight right up to the bottom lip of the thread of the fuel canister just to achieve a closed seal so no fuel escapes. It just doesn’t feel safe in my opinion. Removing the stove from the fuel canister is also difficult as I had to tighten it so much just to get a decent seal in the first place. I was waiting for the BRS stove to break while I tried to remove it from the canister again.
The micro regulator on the Soto Windmaster offers some nice flame control. The valve can be opened wide, allowing excellent flow with low pressure differential. This allows for good flow in cold conditions and when the canister is low on fuel. It will basically boil water at the same speeds or only slighter better than the BRS 3000T stove under ambient conditions which is what my testing above confirms. However, I am aware of discussions on internet forums where other bloggers write that the Soto Windmaster has up to twice as fast burn times in colder conditions than the BRS 3000T stove. The reason being the regulator as explained above. This is a favourable plus over the BRS 3000T.
The BRS 3000T having no pressure regulator needs constant monitoring and adjusting to hold the flame consistent. This can be a pain in the butt. If I use the the BRS 3000T stove then it will only happen if I’m just going to be boiling water. The Soto Windmaster can be better regulated and my preference will always fall with it if I’m cooking my own home-made meals.
The Soto Windmaster is expensive and heavy compared to the very light and much cheaper BRS 3000T stove. The BRS 3000T does not have an igniter which doesn’t bother me, but the built-in igniter on the Soto Windmaster works well and I love this feature. One should be prepared that the more fancy features there are on a stove then there are more things that can fail when on trail. The BRS 3000T is simple with no features and works except for the issue when screwing it on to the fuel canister.
If you are just going to be boiling water for some expedition meals & a hot drink and if the temperatures are not freezing then the BRS 3000T is an option that can work for you. But remember the issue I have when screwing it on to the fuel canister; if this doesn’t bother you then go for it.
To conclude, my choice will always fall with the Soto Windmaster. In fact, I have now stored my BRS 3000T stove together with the kit that I won’t be using anymore in the basement. I would not hesitate in packing the Soto Windmaster for better performance and fuel efficiency especially with colder and windier conditions. Using a quality piece of kit that I feel safe using is a better option for me than a cheaper stove where I’m left wondering when it’s going to fail on me. I’d rather just have the piece of mind.
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