Liquid Fuel Stoves

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Recent Liquid Fuel Stove Reviews

Optimus 8R

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Was given to me from a good friend. Never failed. Slow to boil but works. Got a Peak canister stove and the 8r outdid the modern Peak stove. Totally indestructible. Didn't get a manual, so if it stops working I won't be able to fix it. So sad. My son will get it when I venture on my last hike. Full review

Optimus 111B

rated 5 of 5 stars Summer 1972, my wife and I motorcycled from Los Angeles, Calif., to Anchorage, Alaska, and back on a BMW R75/5. Our only source of cooking heat was an Optimus 111B, which performed trouble-free the whole time we were on our adventure.   We used it for cooking all sorts of meals, heating bathing water, and even used it to heat the crankcase of the BMW when near freezing weather made it impossible to start the bike in the morning when the oil was too thick for a battery or kick start. A friend who… Full review

Soto Muka

rated 1 of 5 stars A royal pain to operate, have to pump it roughly 200 strokes to boil a pot of water. Leg socket became loose and unusable. Leaked fuel. Went back to using my Whisperlite. Got this because I was attracted to the no-preheat pan and no soot features. It worked pretty good at first except for the fact that it took 210 pump strokes total to boil my titanium Snow Peak pot full of water. This is a ridiculous amount of pumping. It takes about 150 strokes to get it going and then 60 more after warm up to… Full review

Optimus 8R

rated 5 of 5 stars The sturdiest and most dependable ever! I bought mine new in 1977 with the pressure cap and pump. The pump makes a huge difference.  I have used it many hundreds of times and in every condition. Temps as low as -22°F and as high as 122°F and altitudes as high as 13,500 feet. It has never failed me! The pressure cap allows two great improvements. By pumping the tank before firing it will self prime. Just open the valve for a couple of seconds will fill the priming cup. Turn the valve off and light. Full review

Optimus 111B

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have a version before this one, where the tanks stays within the square bottom enclosure. It doesn't have a knob but a very small key, which isn't so nice to use when you have a larger pan and everything is very hot. Anyway after more than 35 years, it is still working as almost new. How is that for reliability? Guess what my next stove was when I tossed the Coleman multifuel after just a year or so? Right! An Optimus again. Full review

Optimus Nova+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I have an Optimus camping stove 35 years old and it still works as new. I still have it. When I bought a newer Coleman stove I tossed it after two years, the thing was dangerous. Now I bought a new more comfortable stove; Optimus again and now in its third year still extremely happy with it. I have an Optimus camping stove 35 years old and it still works as new. I still have it. When I bought a newer Coleman stove I tossed it after two years, the thing was dangerous. Now I bought a new more comfortable… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Reliable old friend, always there and ready to help. This is the only stove I have ever had, so I can't compare it to any other but that should say something there. The flame control is a little touchy, but with use one figures out the system. I have never poured fuel into the cup to light my 123. I have either lovingly held the cup/control valve cupped on one hand to warm it up or the best way I have found is to carry a straw or small piece of tygon tubing that will just fit over the nozzle. Put… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A rugged, no-frills stove that does the job year after year. Buy one and you're done shopping for stoves. With a quarter-twist the wind-screen comes off exposing the concave base of the burner. A small amount of fuel or fire-paste is lit. As it nearly burns away you turn the control valve open and fuel flows upward, light that and it sputters to life. As I usually use it to boil water the limited flame adjustment is OK. Water is boiling by the time I get the dried food and tea prepped so I have… Full review

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

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No Limits Compact Butane Stove
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discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
Optimus Hiker+
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (14)
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Optimus Svea
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus 71
discontinued
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Primus Gravity VF
discontinued
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Primus Himalaya
discontinued
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Primus Omnilite TI
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Primus Onja
$140
 
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Primus Verifuel
discontinued
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Soto Muka

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