WhisperLite Stove Maintenance

Getting ready to take your WhisperLite out backpacking? Don’t forget regular maintenance. It will help keep your stove clean and running efficiently. Here’s what you need to know in order to get the most out of your WhisperLite stove year after year.

For more information on your MSR stove, check out our Frequently Asked Questions on our website, here.

If you have an older WhisperLite with wire legs, this is the video for you.

  • Phil Botting

    I am having real difficulty getting the fuel line back into the stove. I have tried oil, and fuel to lubricate it but there is a lot of resistance as it gets to the final bends. Any tips?

    • MSR_Staff

      Hi Phil, If you are trying to get the cable back into the fuel line, separate the fuel line from the stove. Clamp the block at the end of the fuel line in a vise. Slowly feed the cable into the fuel line and because the stove is not attached, there is more flex in the fuel line and this can help in getting the cable fed up in there. Use plenty of WD40 when doing this and feed the cable in small increments. Also, twist the cable as you’re feeding it in…that can help as well.

    • el jefe

      Sorry for the old post but I’ve owned two Whisperlite stoves since they were introduced in the late 80’s.

      A pair of needle nose pliers attached to the cable below the end ball work great for both pulling & pushing the cable back into the fuel line & doesn’t require the use of a vice for clamping. Pull & push as far as you can until the cable re-seats itself leaving about 1/8 to 1/4″ exposed when fully reinserted. This action is also cleaning the carbon deposits out of the fuel line & generator. If you do require lubrication, use a small amount of white gas, kerosene or alcohol in the line, not WD40. WD40 could possibly gum up the jet & mix with the fuel in the line, contaminating your fuel. WD40 is the unnecessary go to lube that so many people have come to rely on that only makes things worse, especially in this case. Rule of thumb, never add anything other than fuel into your stove!

      FYI, I’ve been doing stove repair for many years & have removed the most stubborn of cables in this manner.

      Hope this helps!

  • MSR_Staff

    HI Phil, If you are trying to get the cable back into the fuel line, separate the fuel line from the stove. Clamp the block at the end of the fuel line in a vise. Slowly feed the cable into the fuel line and because the stove is not attached, there is more flex in the fuel line and this can help in getting the cable fed up in there. Use plenty of WD40 when doing this and feed the cable in small increments. Also, twist the cable as you’re feeding it in…that can help as well.

  • Jack

    How do I get a new shaker needle if I have lost this part? Thanks.

  • Marilyn

    I have a +10 year old whisperlite stove. It actually looks like the Windpro II but it burns white gas. I use it no more than 10 days per year and have never done any maintenance. This summer it seems to boil a bit slower. What should I do with it, and will a current annual maintenance kit work on it?

    • MSR_Staff

      Sounds like the stove is a SimmerLite. The Annual Maintenance Kit is primarily for the pump, and will work great. We also offer the SimmerLite Expedition Service kit that will work for replacing parts of the stove if you break them. If you purchase the Expedition Service Kit, you won’t need to purchase the Annual Maintenance Kit, as the parts are duplicated in the Expedition Service Kit.

      • Marilyn

        Thanks, you’re right. Is the Simmerlite still in production? Mine quit working 3 days into a 4 day backpack trip two weeks ago. It may just be an O ring, I couldn’t sustain any pressure in the bottle. But maybe it might also be at the end of its life? And what do I use to clean the carbon off the bottom part of the stove. Is there something I can use for pre-heating to avoid carbon build-up?

        • MSR_Staff

          The Simmerlite is no longer manufactured, instead of throwing away your stove though I would send it into our repair center in Seattle. We still have a small inventory of replacement parts we use to keep the stoves still out there functioning. Please contact me at Ryan.Dillon@cascadedesigns.com for additional information on sending your stove into us for an overhaul.

  • WagMoreBarkLess

    I have a Whisperlite stove that must be about 30 years old. I haven’t used it in probably 10 years and am a little concerned about firing it up. I need to use a Whisperlite when I go on a scout trip with my son this summer. Should I get a new one or can I use the maintenance kit to get the one I have back in order?

    • MSR_Staff

      Hello, An expedition service kit is a great way to perform stove maintenance! We also provide overhaul services for older stoves. You would just need to visit our website and click on “Repair & Warranty” at the bottom of the page. http://www.cascadedesigns.com/Service/Warranty-and-Repair?

  • MSR_Staff

    Hey Sara, sorry you’re having some issues. Please shoot us an email with a full description of the issue and any images you can provide to:
    consumer@cascadedesigns.com

    Thanks