Discussion in 'Monitor' started by richmay, Jan 14, 2020.
After a Clean
IMHO one of the best half pint stoves, better than a 96
Why? Not that I’m partisan but curious to know if I’ve overlooked obviously better qualities.
Why? Good question - some reasons are subjective, others more objective.
All my 17Bs seem to burn hotter than the 96 brigade. The burner plate and bell always glow much redder, and although I have never done a quantitative 'tea test' comparison, the bright red glow inside the blue flame is very reassuring and comforting.
More practically, I like the full bore pump and tube which is mounted to the right of centre.
I find this set-up easier to hold the small font in my left hand and pump with my right.
also the full bore tube takes less pumps to get to full pressure, and (IMHO) makes it easier to remove and replace the NRV.
In terms of reliability, both get 10/10.
I see Twoberth beat me to it
It is just one of my favourite stoves, my uncle used to have one when I was younger and used to make a brews at the beach or when out on day trips, which I now use one occasionally when out and about, there just seems something uniquely British about the stove.
The unique noise the 17B makes when going full bore
The 96 never seems to burn as hot as the 17B
and pretty much all that Twoberth said above
Having said that others think the 96 is better, but I prefer the 17B.
Fair comment @Twoberth and @richmay. Regarding the pump bore I suppose that pressurising the little half-pinters is never going to be onerous though. Indeed, a 96 (the Monitor too presumably) is usually so eager to go that it’ll often self-pressurise enough on the priming charge to ignite the burner without use of the pump. Not many pumps to get it to be a screamer if you like that sort of thing.
I'm a 17b fan, too, though I've never used the half-pinters enough to notice operational differences. I really like the tin graphics; the two little Monitors I have have pristine tins.
I've always looked upon the little lipstick stoves as very cool little jewels, but of limited utility. They are best for a wayside brew-up. There are about 9 separate loose parts to lose in camp, if I recall my counts from the past. So for me the go-to keroburning hikers are the one-pinters.
Compared to a 96 I find this lil' Monitor easier to pack, the flameplate cannot get lost and the burner bell less prone to getting stuck on the generator. It seems Monitor learned a thing or two from their swedish competitors. If there is a difference in performance given same fuel, I doubt. A thin alloy flame plate will glow brighter than a thicker cast iron one.
One last advantage, at least in theory: ample supply of priming spirit due to a larger bottle in a roomier case.
However, in my self-imposed collection of max 10 stoves - I have chosen 9 -
I keep this charming Tourist stove, but also two 96's, both of them allowing a silent cap which is a definite plus.
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