Sounds faulty to me from your description, a bit like a car engine with the wrong air/fuel mixture....
Like Simon I have a pocket Rocket and it is great, nothing like you describe.
SMM has a PR for sale in the classifieds just now, by the way.
I've had a Crux and a Crux Lite, both of which were absolutely hopeless for simmering.
The flame adjustment mechanism had a degree of back-and-forth movement, and you could put the flame out just by nudging it. I have noticed exactly the same problem in a Jetboil Flash too.
I've now got an Edelrid (Kiro Ti), which I can thoroughly recommend - adjusts from a tiny flame to an absolute roar (and every point in between) very smoothly.
Never had any problems with my Crux Lite, dont have the need to use simmer much but never noticed any problems when i have.
I'd definitely take it in preference to the Pocket Rocket, got mine about 18 months ago.
Thanks for the comments. The Edelrid Kiro Ti looks good but WebTogs don't sell those, I thought it was Japanese from the name not German
Those of you that have an MSR Pocket Rocket are they OK down low/simmering then? Does a titanium mug fit on top of it OK?
The Optimus Crux stoves are expensive n' all I'd expect better, and they're more expensive now than when I bought mine last year. It seems as though mine is faulty but from the replies they seem to have issues being turned down low in any case so I don't really want a replacement. If I have mine down low it fades and goes out eventually, like I say it wouldn't be so bad if I could turn it up but that puts it out. The previous cheap stove I bought off eBay was more controllable but it broke. It had piezo ignition which I thought would be a useful feature but it very rarely actually worked even when continually pressing it.
I'm even considering going back to using the Campinggaz type pierceable gas canister stoves, heavier but they're more reliable and the gas canisters are cheaper.
Masterluke - I use a Vango Ultralite Stove for summer use which is very similar and can be picked up easily for £15 and its an absolute gem (not least because of the low cost!) and simmers well.
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