Bought an MSR Dragonfly today

Discussion in 'Stove Forum' started by alanwenker, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    The best outfitter in the area is Midwest Mountaineering which is an independent shop. They are offering to take phone orders and run it out to your car since the store is otherwise closed. As an effort to support them I bought a MSR Dragonfly today, a gift card for myself, and a couple pair of socks for my daughter. May as well play with fire.
     
  2. pyro_P Australia

    Offline
    Joined:
    May 16, 2019
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    Westraya
    Being an owner, and a little bias, one of my favourite stoves, with excellent simmer control.
     
  3. DAVE GIBSON

    DAVE GIBSON Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2004
    Messages:
    4,218
    Alan I had no idea that even Midwest was shut down!
    in our little corner of south Minneapolis we are really out of the loop.
     
  4. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    Dave, it's shut down for in store traffic. I called today and the clerk told me if you are interested in something, get it now. I think you can book private appointments to shop. All this will end if the state gets shut down.
     
  5. hikerduane

    hikerduane Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    6,168
    Great stoves, my go to stove for meals requiring simmering.
    Duane
    IMG_5952_opt.jpg
    IMG_5953_opt.jpg
     
  6. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    I noticed you have the silent burner. How do you like it? What's the coldest winter temperature you have used the stove?
     
  7. hikerduane

    hikerduane Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    6,168
    It might have been in the upper teens a year ago with some friends, at least the mid 20's.
    No issues nor would expect any.
    Duane
     
  8. hikerduane

    hikerduane Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    6,168
    Last January west of Lake Tahoe.
    Duane
    IMG_5122_opt.jpg
    IMG_5112_opt.jpg
     
  9. Doc Mark

    Doc Mark Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2004
    Messages:
    17,075
    Alan,

    You're going to love the Dragon Fly, as do most others of us who own and use that stove!! I need to get mine out more, as I do enjoy cooking on it, and it does work wonderfully. I have two of them, actually: the one I first bought, from REI, many years ago, and the one that our departed friend, Sketch owned. His wife sent it to me, along with a few others, after I helped her value Andy's collection so she could sell it off. I've used a BD cap on mine, and it works a treat with that, just like with the original roarer cap.

    Here are some shots of my original DF, at CASG #2, cooking up some sausages, whilst the pasta sauce simmers on an X-GK EX (with simmering plate in place).

    DSCN1534.jpg

    DSCN1535.jpg

    The next morning, the DF was put to use making bacon, and eggs, and did great!

    DSCN1542.jpg

    Great stove, the MSR Dragon Fly! Well done on scoring one, my friend! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
  10. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    Thanks Doc. Can't wait to fire it up, hopefully tomorrow.

    How does one tell the Dragonfly pump from the other pumps which MSR makes? I know they are different, but is there something obvious such to make it idiot proof for users such as myself?
     
  11. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    9,113
    The ‘bore’ of the inlet into which the stove connector goes is of larger diameter - so much so that the connector of any other MSR bottle stove would be a loose fit in it.
     
  12. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    You are talking about the grey piece that connects the fuel line to the pump?
     
  13. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    9,113
    @alanwenker
    Right.
    MSR ‘other’ pump on left, the Dragonfly one on the right. Because the Dragonfly has a control valve at the stove it would be possible to forget to shut off the valve at the pump and if it were then disconnected fuel would spurt out of the pump outlet. So there’s a shut-off poppet valve in the bore and that requires a larger bore to accommodate it.

    DD4B97A3-B734-45D5-8C20-4364D5441711.jpeg
     
  14. alanwenker

    alanwenker Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Messages:
    3,256
    Location:
    White Bear Township, Minnesota USA
    Thanks, the photo helps. Are the pumps otherwise identical? Such a subtle difference.
     
  15. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner SotY Winner Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    9,113
    Hi Alan
    Red body Dragonfly, grey ‘other’ MSR.

    The fact that the Dragonfly stove fuel line won’t connect up to an MSR pump other than the Dragonfly version and any other MSR stove won’t connect up to a Dragonfly pump maybe makes the difference not so subtle!

    John