Liquid Fuel Stoves

Brands

Optimus
Coleman
MSR
NRS
No Limits
other
Primus
Soto
Century
Brunton

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Liquid Fuel Stove Reviews

Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars Very easy to use. Very polyvalent. Well built. Very well built product. Will work in all weather. Been using mine for 2 years now. Good cooking surface. I just wish that the hose could be removable for more convenient storage. It needs regular maintenance. Other than that this product is very close to perfection. Full review

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Too heavy...but I chose to buy a second. I loved my Whisperlight (and the second one I frantically brought as the priming pan fractured on the night I packed for Patagonia), but I never use it.  I could give it five stars as they faithfully served me for six years of hitchhiking, but I would not recommend it for most people. Gasoline stoves need to be explosion proof and heavy. The smell and the flareup if you light it in a mountain hut makes you no friends. It is good at melting food more than… Full review

MSR WhisperLite

rated 5 of 5 stars Bullet proof stove, very field repairable, worked at 6000ft on Mt Rainier in 20 deg without a hiccup, boils water in 3.5 min. Love this stove, has not failed me even when a group of scouts spilled a pan full of eggs into the burner. The only way I have found to summer is to put a pan half on the burner on low and the other side of the pan on a rock or something solid. Love the ability to shake the stove to clean the jets. Full review

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 5 of 5 stars Cold or hot weather, works great. May be one of my favorite backpacking pieces. EZ and it works. Need to cook, this will do it. Brought it as "backup" one winter trip, THANK JA!! Car camping with a newbie winter camper; needed to make it a great adventure. Too cold for the borrowed white gas Coleman. Fired up the Whisper, no problem. Four days of retort food for two in sub-20s weather. If you get one, play with it at home. Get to know it a little. Use it, clean it, open it, and put it away. Most… Full review

MSR DragonFly

rated 5 of 5 stars Burns any kind if flammable liquid, which is nice for out of country hiking. Great product by MSR. Very nice that it can burn any kind of flammable liquid. Also can be rebuilt in the woods if need be. Boils water a little slow compared to other stoves, but gets the job done. Brings a liter of water to a roiling boil in just over 4mins. Has a great side cooking area support. Used it couple weeks ago with three people camping and cooked everything from bacon to pancakes. Would highly recommend to… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove for any trip. Classic design and easy to use. Just bought this after anticipating and contemplating the purchase. I have about 8 different types of stoves. I have an old Optimus 8R and have had for 30 years. Thought I would take the plunge and get the older model to see how it works. Tried it in the yard and loved how easy it was to light, quickly it boiled water, and how compact it was. Just wish the pot was bigger with a lid stored somewhere. Full review

MSR WhisperLite

rated 5 of 5 stars Fires up at below zero, could use four legs. If you plan on camping in cold weather, or if you anticipate extended periods in the field, then you probably need this stove. I have never used the MSR Firefly, so I can't compare that one, but the Whisperlite will get you fed and clean in the coldest of conditions. MSR customer service is awesome. After ten years, I sent them my old pump from my Whisperlite, which had developed a crack near the pump ring, and they sent me a new one. The stove body collapses… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove. I've had several since buying my first one in 1974. The only problem I've had is the rubber gasket inside the cap drying out. Since I've discovered that defect, I've (so far) remedied it by using a Qtip to coat the gasket with vaseline about twice a year. The stove can set up in a minute. I use a funnel to add fuel. Watch out for overflowing fuel. I prime my stove with Coughlan's fire paste. The only drawback is that the stove appears to have only one setting. I can turn the flame down… Full review

Mini Outdoor Portable Camping Picnic Stove

rated 3 of 5 stars It cost $10. What would you expect? This is not a serious competitor for Optimus or MSR. However, for the price, it makes a great backup stove. The pan support legs are a bit flimsy, but you don't want to use a big pot on this tiny stove anyway. The valve portion of the stove seems to be of better quality materials, too. I am surprised at how well this stove performs but I don't think you should plan to walk the full AT with just this stove. But for $10 you can't go wrong. I put mine at the bottom… Full review

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