Micro Regulator & WindMaster Stoves
How to clean the igniter after pot boil-over
If food boils over and liquid spills out onto the igniter, spray the igniter with WD-40 or CRC after the hike and perhaps put a couple drops of machine oil or baby oil on the igniter before stowing. This should prevent the springs from rusting. (submitted by a Scott S., a SOTO user.)
Food spills over and lands in the burner head
- Prepare warm water in pot. When the stove has cooled:
- Turn the WindMaster upside down, submerge the burner head in the warm water and soak for 10-20 ninutes
- With a soft toothbrush or similar non-coarse brush, gently remove debris from the head of the stove.
- Warning: Never submerge the regulator or base of the stove in water.
- After cleaning, remove the burner head from the water and dry well with a soft cloth.
- When completely dry, install fuel canister to stove and test the flame.
- If the flame is red-orange, repeat the cleaning process.
*Please note that inside the burner head there is a metal mesh sheet sandwiched between the base plate and the top metal layer. Be careful not to damage the metal mesh.
Fuel leak observed while using the unit in a severely cold environment.
Unable to build up pressure inside the Wide Mouth Bottle in severely cold ambiant temperatures.
Generator unit leaks liquid fuel or an unusually large flare of fire noticed when starting the unit.
Solution: Pump the Wide Mouth Bottle until red line on the Pressure Indicator is observed.
Cause 2: It could stem from over-filling the Wide Mouth Bottle with liquid fuel.
Solution: Check fuel volume and make sure that it does not exceed the “DO NOT FILL ABOVE THIS LINE” mark. If exceeded, pour out some to adjust the volume.
Cause 3: Heat source was not available at ignition.
Solution: Always prepare a heat source (fire source) at ignition and place it over the burner head before turning the Control Dial (CD) to the “START” position. Never use a flick type of ignition device to light the stove. When turning the CD to the “START” position, the system will first release the air, taking only a few seconds. After the initial air is released, the atomized mixture of fuel and air will be released.
Cause 4: The Wide Mouth Bottle is not positioned correctly and/or placed at a slope.
Solution: Always place the pump/bottle units on the ground so that the Control Dial (CD) will be in an upright position. See illustration
Cause 5: Switching of “Start” to “RUN” position was too fast.
Solution: Wait for 10 seconds to switch from “START” to “RUN” position after the initial ignition. The flame will change from orange to blue indicating that the flame has stabilized.
Cause 6: Generator Unit may be deformed due to excessive force being applied to the Unit.
Solution: Replace Generator Unit immediately.
A leaping tall flame about 30 to 50 cm (12-20 inches) when stove is initially ignited.
Generator unit rattles.
Stove is not engaging with the Control Dial.
Generator Unit is not asymmetric.
Generator Unit is made of a soft metal. Never apply unnecessary force or hit with a foreign object. Never use the stove with a damaged Generator Unit. If Generator Unit becomes damaged, bent or cracked, replace immediately.
The majority of liquid stoves on the market require changing of the jet as part of the maintenance program. Why does the entire Generator/Jet unit need to be replaced for maintenance of the Muka stove?
The Control Dial (CD) is at the "START" position but no fuel is dispensed.
Solution: Connect the hose to the Smart Pump completely.
Cause 2:The tube may be deformed, or not submerged in the fuel.
Solution: Check the tube at the Smart Pump. If the tube is twisted, readjust the direction of the tube.
Cause 3: The fuel passage or Generator Unit may be clogged.
Solution: Replace the Generator Unit. If not improved, replace the hose unit. If still not improved, contact SOTO or the retailer from which the unit was purchased.
Flame is too small.
Solution: Pump and add more pressure to the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Cause 2: Control Dial is left on the “Start” position.
Solution: Optimize pressurization of the Wide Mouth Bottle after turning the CD to the “RUN” position.
Cause 3: Check the level of the liquid fuel in the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Solution: When the fuel level is low, add more designated liquid fuel to the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Cause 4: Generator may be clogged and unable to produce an adequate flame.
Solution: Exchange the old Generator Unit with a new one.
Cause 5: Tried all above but does not improve
Solution: Contact SOTO or the dealer from which the unit was purchased.
Unstable and yellow/orange flame.
Solution: Release over pressurized air from the Wide Mouth Bottle. See following “Releasing of overly pressurized air from the Wide Mouth Bottle”
Cause 2: If a Pro Windscreen is being used, lack of adequate oxygen and/or a strong wind may cause this phenomenon.
Solution: Open the Vari-Vent(s) to supply the unit with additional oxygen.
Cause 3: The vent on the stove body may draw in the flame, causing the stove to produce a red flame.
Solution: Turn the stove to a different position to compensate for the wind’s direction.
Cause 4: Generator Unit may be damaged.
Solution: Replace Generator Unit immediately.
Releasing overly pressurized air from the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Avoid over-pressurizing the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Hose has a leak.
Liquid fuel leaks from the hose connection to the stove.
Liquid fuel leaks from the connection between the hose and Smart Pump.
Liquid fuel leaks near the Control Dial.
Liquid fuel leaks near the Pressure Indicator and/or at the Pump Shaft Unit.
Liquid fuel leaks from the connection between the Smart Pump and the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Solution: Tighten the Smart Pump.
Cause 2: O-ring is old and has lost its elasticity or damaged.
Solution: Replace the O-ring.
Cause 3: The lip of the Wide Mouth Bottle is damaged, causing the leak.
Solution: Change the Wide Mouth Bottle.
Pot Supports no longer function smoothly when folding and unfolding.
Solution: Apply a small amount of grease, included in the Maintenance Kit, at the joint of each pot support. If not improved, use a hexagonal wrench to disassemble each pot support, apply a small amount of grease at the joint, then reassemble unit.
Pressure Indicator does not function smoothly.
Unable to build up pressure inside the Wide Mouth Bottle, despite pumping.
Solution: Be sure to check that it is positioned correctly.
Cause 2: Replaceable Pump Shaft Gasket is damaged.
Solution: Replace the old Gasket with a new one.
Cause 3: The Replaceable Pump Shaft Gasket is soiled and dirty.
Solution: Clean the unit thoroughly.
Cause 4: Lack of adequate grease.
Solution: Apply a small amount of grease according to the Manual Instructions.
Cause 5: Inside wall of the Pump Unit’s surface is damaged.
Solution: Replace the entire Smart Pump if the surface of inside wall of the Pump Unit is scratched or damaged. Contact SOTO or the dealer from which the unit was purchased.