Liquid Fuel Stoves

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

Recent Liquid Fuel Stove Reviews

Coleman Peak 1 Feather 400

rated 5 of 5 stars A bit on the heavy side, but a bomb-proof reliable backpacking stove. Other than the weight, this stove is a dream. It isn't made anymore, but they do make newer versions. I have used this stove trouble free since 1991. It has been on countless backpacking, cycling, and kayak trips, some as long as 14 days (one bike trip to California was actually 2 months of daily use). I don't mind carrying a bit more weight considering how reliable this is. My stove is always kept in a padded bag, and a plastic… Full review

MSR DragonFly

rated 5 of 5 stars The one absolutely positively necessary piece of equipment in an outdoors person's inventory. Works in ALL conditions, runs on many different types of fuel, and has great temperature control. This is the only camping stove I have ever owned and will ever need to own. I bought this stove brand new the first year it came out and have never bought another stove since. I have lit this stove in temperatures above 110 degree in Rio Grande National Park to boil water for drinking and lit this stove in… Full review

Optimus 8R

rated 4 of 5 stars Made to last. Almost no moving parts. Simple to use. This was my first backpacking stove. My wife found it new in the box at a garage sale for $5 back the 1980s. Camped with it from the Colorado Rockies to the hills of Pennsylvania. I didn't fully understand the stove in the old days and I wasn't the best at starting it, but it always worked. Now that I understand it it is easy, thank you internet. I always use alcohol now in the priming cup. Just don't try to start it too early before the prime… Full review

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It just works!!! Every time! I've used this on countless camping trips (only once backpacking—newbie backpacker). This stove just works. I've never had an issue with this stove. Priming took me a little bit to get used to and had a few "big flames" until I got it figured out. I've seen other reviews mention the soot produced, but I've never found this to be that big of an issue. I'm no gourmet when I camp/backpack, mostly boiling water (a few scrambled eggs and sausage breakfasts), but I love… Full review

MSR DragonFly

rated 5 of 5 stars 12 years and still going. I will never buy anything else. 12 years and still going strong. At least 30 desert backpack trips and nary a single clog. I've never even had to clean the thing. Previously I used a WhisperLite, and that clogged every time I used it.  The only maintenance I've done, the entire time I've owned it, was to put lube on the plunger for the pump. The little leather thing. And I only had to do that once. That was last year and I guess I'll have to do that again in 11 years,… Full review

Primus Omnilite TI

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic stove. Comes in a stupid, ill-conceived synthetic bag. When I first got the Omnilite Ti stove I tried several fuels just to see how they worked, but knowing all along that after testing I would most likely never use anything other than white gas. It is nice to know that in an emergency one could siphon regular unleaded, AVGAS, Jet A, etc. from a vehicle or downed aircraft. Kerosene could be pressed into service and I did try diesel once. I also tried isobutane canister, although if I… Full review

Woodland Power Stove

rated 5 of 5 stars A versatile piece of camping gear that can be used as a high power blaster for fast boiling yet can be turned down to lower power for simmering with a big skillet or griddle. With the flame damper in place, it can even be used as a gas powered camp fire. To top it off, it breaks down and folds up small. This may be the single most useful and versatile piece of camping gear I've used for larger groups of rafting campers. The adjustable flame works through a wide range of settings as a supplemental… Full review

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Practically bombproof, this stove will last you many years with no maintenance. I've had mine for 20+ years and it still fires right up and boils water quickly. I've yet to ever replace a part or even take it apart, but that may be because I've only burned white gas in it. It just keeps on working. I can recommend this stove for anyone looking for a lightweight compact stove. I also recommend when buying this stove to forego buying the maintenance kit because if your experience with the stove is… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Recently found three (1 SVEA123 2 R's) on the 'free' table at a recycling center. Snarfed those babies up! All were working soon after some cleaning maintenance. With a SIGG Tourister! HINT: A can of lighter fluid works well for priming. I reuse the can when it is empty. The flip nozzle is great. Notice the control keys on the 123's are not on the spindle. THEY GET HOT IF YOU LEAVE THEM ON!! Be careful if a windscreen is used. Place the screen only where any wind will be deflected. Strip pieces… Full review

Top-Rated Liquid Fuel Stoves

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (14)
Optimus Nova
$15 - $149
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman 2-Burner Camp Stove
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II
$70 MSRP
Primus Basecamp Stove
$80 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (37)
MSR WhisperLite
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (39)
MSR WhisperLite Internationale
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (19)
MSR SimmerLite
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (39)
Optimus Svea
$100 - $119
Brunton Profile 2 Burner Stove
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
MSR DragonFly
$112 - $139
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Dual Fuel 2-Burner Stove
$120 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
MSR XGK-EX
$128 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Woodland Power Stove
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Coleman Classic 2-Burner Stove
$140 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Optimus Nova+
$150 - $159
Snow Peak Baja Burner LI
$160 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
Optimus Hiker+
$200 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Optimus 111B
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coleman Peak 1 Feather 400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus Omnilite TI
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Soto Muka
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
No Limits Compact Butane Stove
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Century Single Burner Stove
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Edelrid Opilio
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mini Outdoor Portable Camping Picnic Stove
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Stove
Primus Eta Power Multifuel Kit
Edelrid Kiro ST
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Optimus 8R
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Himalaya
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Apex
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Coleman Exponent Apex II
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Coleman Feather 442 Dual Fuel Stove
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Coleman 550B Multi-Fuel Stove
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brunton Optimus Svea
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus 71
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus Verifuel
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton Bantam Liquid Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (24)
Brunton Optimus Nova
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Primus Gravity VF
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coleman Apollo Dual Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Coleman Gemini Dual Fuel Stove
discontinued

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