November 7, 2012
A niggle’s developed with the FMS-100T; the perforated case of the burner head seems to have warped slightly, such that a small arc springs free from the retaining ring running around the circumference. If you don’t press it back into place it gets worse until, finally, air starts mixing uncontrollably with the gas. The flame turns yellow, becomes irregular and starts ‘burping,’ a series of small flare-ups. Disappointing, but it’s got five solid tracksterman months of use on it, which I guess equates to 3+ years of Trail magazine test time.Why even mention it? Because Fire Maple make their stoves in a modular fashion, using the same burner head across the range - which means the same fault could develop on any one of those Flyti, Gnat, Karrimor and Hi Gear Blaze stoves so many people are using. I’m pretty relaxed about an irregular flame when it’s nine inches away from a remote valve and gas cannister. But when it’s sitting right on top of them…?
A niggle’s developed with the FMS-100T; the perforated case of the burner head seems to have warped slightly, such that a small arc springs free from the retaining ring running around the circumference. If you don’t press it back into place it gets worse until, finally, air starts mixing uncontrollably with the gas. The flame turns yellow, becomes irregular and starts ‘burping,’ a series of small flare-ups. Disappointing, but it’s got five solid tracksterman months of use on it, which I guess equates to 3+ years of Trail magazine test time.

Why even mention it? Because Fire Maple make their stoves in a modular fashion, using the same burner head across the range - which means the same fault could develop on any one of those Flyti, Gnat, Karrimor and Hi Gear Blaze stoves so many people are using. I’m pretty relaxed about an irregular flame when it’s nine inches away from a remote valve and gas cannister. But when it’s sitting right on top of them…?