One good thing about the Omnilite is that it has the option to run on propane/butane as well as the more petroleum based liquid fuels so its likely I'll always find something it can burn to heat my meals and beverages.
Now that is something I didn't know Aidan those things truly are universal.
I'll do a search a little later to see what the pack a feather is, as I'm not familiar with that one.
http://packafeather.com/xlstove.html I have this one it's just over 3 inches diameter that is one of the reasons I got this one it's compact with a little stability. The other reason was the flame controller having that 6 inch wire makes for easy adjustment when the stove is loaded up plus the stoves over all performance is excellent.
I've read of a theory I'm inclined to believe, that the Omnilites titanium is so thin that it doesn't hold the heat well and increases the heat up time in priming until its hot enough to adequately vaporise the varies fuels enough for flare free ignition.
That makes sense on initial start but even the MSR if you ark it up too soon before preheat is up to speec you have flames and poor performance.
Its not bad once its up and running. Its no Optimus 111T in output, but then its a mere fraction of the 111's weight.
That floating pricker is a great idea and even the Optimus stoves turn the handle anti clockwise to push a needle worked well.
I've not had (yet) any need to worry about jet blockage, but its inevitable eventually and Murphy's law suggests its going to happen at a time like your apt description of least convenience and in the dark
The stove isn't so bad at night its the stupid pump on the bottle that will prick ears when the language becomes harsh doing that in the dark.
Trawling through eBay suggests I'm not the only one less than enamoured with the roarer burner and there has been some attempts to cater for those of us who prefer to attempt to tune into their surrounds in peace as opposed to the feeling of closing ones eyes and receiving a vision of being as one with an international airport
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Silent-Cap-D ... SwYIhWlwDZ
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/QUIETSTOVE-S ... xybetSDCzq
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Primus-Silen ... SwZ8ZW7Dar
Ah ok that's basicly a muffler or silencer not a bad idea playing around with making one you could almost find the sweet spot canceling the noise while not affecting heat output.
from my first peruse.
Looking at http://classiccampstoves.com site, there is some interesting, to me at least, threads amongst which someone has added a Kovea burner head to their Omnilite stove and also a thread showing how to add the Omnilite burner to a Trangia which I found interesting reading.
Good link but I think I have to sign up clicking links takes you to a sign in page so it can't be an open forum. Lots of time coulc be spent reading there.
I'll report back when I've learnt more