Servicing and Rebuild of MSR Whisperlite International (pre-2012)


Stove Maintenance & Rebuild

Required materials: MSR Whisperlite Expedition Stove Service Kit

1)  Unscrew the priming cup and remove the priming wick.

2)  Remove the fuel line from the mixer tube.

3)  Remove the fuel line from the stove leg. With a little maneuvering the line is easily removed from the stove leg, no force needed. Take care to not bend the generator tube.

4)  Unscrew the jet using the jet & cable tool, and remove the shaker needle. Take care to not bend the generator tube.

5)  Pull the cable out of the fuel line using the jet & cable tool.

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6)  Reinsert the cable and slide it back and forth inside the fuel line using short strokes (do this about 20 times). Remove the cable when done. This step loosens and debris that may be inside the fuel line.

7)  With the cable, jet, and shaker needle removed, insert the end of the fuel line into the pump and fuel bottle.

8)  Pressurize the fuel bottle with 10-15 pumps.

9)  Open the control valve fully and flush 1-2oz of fuel through the fuel line into an appropriate container (such as a second fuel bottle).

10)  Fully reinsert the cable into the fuel line. There will be about 1/2 inch of cable remaining out the end of the fuel line. Set the fuel line asside.

11)  Slide the stove legs down off the mixer tube / burner head assembly.

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12)  Dissasemble the burner. Unscrew the top screw and separate the mixer tube from the burner. The burner separates into 9 pieces. Keep the pieces in order to make assembly easier.

13)  Whipe down each piece to clean away any loose material. Careful not to bend.

14)  Reassemble the burner making sure that the pieces go back together in the correct patern (Alternate crimped rings and flat rings to get a coregated structure). Snug down, but don’t fully tighten the screw at this point. The mixer tube will be oriented to the correct position when the fuel line is re-connected.

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15)  Reposition the stove legs onto the mixer tube. ORDER MATTERS! See photo for correct assembly to have a level stove. Note the angle of the stove legs (leg 1 angles down, leg 2 is strait, leg 3 angles up).

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16)  Replace the shaker needle and jet. Be sure to use the correct jet for your stove. The type is indicated on the side of the jet. For my stove, the jet type is IG or K.

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17)  Feed the fuel line through the leg 2 and re-insert the generator tube into the burner and the jet into the mixing tube (reverse of step 3).

18)  Seat the fuel line / burner assembly into the correct position and tighten the burner screw.

19)  Replace the priming wick and priming cup.

20)  Fire up the stove and keep on cooking!

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