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Soto WindMaster Stove Review

The Soto WindMaster was the overall best ultralight stove tested. Here is what we tested and why it ranked number 1.

Paul Bodnar      Educational      9/17/2020
Paul Bodnar
Educational
9/17/2020


Overall Score: 92/100

Best Ultralight Stove Tested

The Soto WindMaster was the overall best ultralight stove tested. It is lightweight (87 grams / 3 ounces) with the four-prong pot stand (as tested), boils 2-cups of water in 106 seconds, works in the wind, simmers well, packs up small, has an auto-ignitor, and was the most fuel-efficient stove tested.  A three-prong pot holder can be purchased separately reducing the total stove weight to just 67 grams or 2.3 ounces.

Soto WindMaster stove

Stove burner almost identical to the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove

The only differences observed between the two burners is the older Soto WindMaster (right) is 46mm wide and the newer MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is 47mm wide. They have the exact number stove top holes in the exact same order. The better fuel efficiency observed with the Soto WindMaster is likely due to the slower maximum fuel rate which causes slightly slower boiling times.

Soto WindMaster stove next to a MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove

Stove has a detachable pot support

There are two different pot stands available, a three-prong (7 grams / 0.3 ounces) or four-prong pot support shown (27 grams/ 1 ounce) which came with the stove. You can purchase the three-prong separately for around $10. The published stove weight with the three-prong pot support is 67 grams or 2.3 ounces.

Soto WindMaster Stove measured next to a ruler
Soto WindMaster Stove

Conclusion

The Soto WindMaster performed best overall. The ability to switch pot stands for your individual cooking needs is a nice bonus. In seconds you can convert from the four to the three-prong pot stand reducing about 20 grams of stove weight. The boil times were just a few seconds longer than the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe but the better overall fuel efficiency of the Soto Windmaster and the ability to change out pot stands makes the Soto WindMaster the winner.

Soto WindMaster Stove attached to a fuel canister boiling a pot of water
Soto WindMaster Stove attached to a fuel canister measure with a ruler

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.