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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Just a heads up...

My MSR Dragonfly stove which has worked flawlessly for many years, and which I had last used in the summer, caught fire a few weeks ago on a Bowron lakes trip. Fortunately I was able to pitch the stove and bottle in the lake before things got too out of hand. The pump and some other bits got a bit deformed but still functioned (I bought a new pump assembly when I got back)

Not sure where the fuel was leaking, the bottle was snug enough and was not leaking. Could have been an internal seal (or seals) were dried out and leaking a bit because after the initial fire, I could still see drops of fuel leaking out but they gradually stopped and did not reoccur for the rest of the trip.

Anyway, just a word of advice: check you stove every time for leaks before lighting up.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 01:36 AM
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Yikes.. Guess I'll stick with my Pocket Rocket and non-reusable cannisters.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 01:42 AM
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I nearly had the same thing happen with mine. I found that the rubber cone shaped seal inside the pump was not lubed enough causing it to stick and flip inside out. This was causing the fuel to pour out the pump. I now make sure my pump is well lubed before every trip. I think there is a set of instructions for disassembly of the pump that came with either the stove or the Expedition Service Kit if you have one.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 04:28 AM
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Reminds me that I need to pull apart my dragon fly and do some maintenance. After nearly 20 years it was leaking some fuel from somewhere out of the pump on my last car camping trip. A few o rings is a small price to pay for such no-maintenance use as I've gotten out of it.

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