Reactor is a great stove, probably most efficient and powerful on the market today. Perhaps a bit heavy for a solo lightweight trip but great for everything else.
However, as happy as I am with it, a little more versatility wouldn’t go amiss. The dome – shaped burner of the stove prevents you from using flat bottom pots and pans and who doesn’t like eggs and bacon for breakfast? I certainly do so I needed an adapter, sth simple, robust, stable, cheap and sth that could be stored inside the reactor pot…. So here is the solution I came up with:
It’s nothing more than a butchered 250 gram gas canister but works great and cost nothing … apart of blood, sweat and tears if you don’t have proper tools. Gas canister has perfect diameter and makes for a snug fit with the stove burner. All you need to do is cut a hole in the bottom of the can (leave 3-4mm stopper lip around the hole), this is hard to impossible without a drill with hole cutting thingy, vice etc. because compared to your average tuna can those canisters are actually built like tanks. My flat mate did that part for me in his car workshop – Thanks Tony! Once the hole is cut all is left to do is hacksaw the can in half and using metal cutting scissors cut and bend this nice flowery shape. Shorten the leafs to fit your reactor pot, perhaps leave just four if you are weight weenie type and voila. At 50 grams it ended up a bit heavier than I thought it would be but works like a dream. It gets hot but will not deform and cools down quickly. Some fire power is lost obviously in the process but with Reactor that’s actually a good thing and makes simmering and frying easier.
I would also like to note that contrary to some reports Reactor will simmer even with the original pot. It makes funny noise and glows dark red rather than orange in this almost shut down setting but is still unaffected by wind. Great stove and you can make it more versatile with this simple adapter!
PS. I highly disregard health & safety but please don’t hack gas canister until you are absolutely sure that it is empty