Liquid Fuel Stoves

Brands

Coleman
Optimus
MSR
other
Soto
No Limits
Brunton
Primus
Edelrid
NRS

Price

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

Recent Liquid Fuel Stove Reviews

Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Amazing gem and indestructible/reliable. A backpacking asset despite being less than ultralight. Four point five stars. Have used this for a decade, and really I've never been disappointed. CONS: To get its steely durability and reliability it is heavy, (at 2.75 lbs). PROS: I feel they outweigh the one con. Zero setup time, fantastic heat, adjustable with a finger, steady surface, burns any liquid fuel except paint. The gentleman who said his would not light? Yes, the pump spins clockwise and counter… Full review

Coleman Apollo Dual Fuel Stove

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A fire bomb that will soot up your pots and drain your fuel bottles. I bought one of these several years ago in the hopes of getting something quieter with a higher heat output than my MSR WhisperLite. It is both of those. But that is all. Because of its faults, I have never bothered to take it on a wilderness trip. It inevitably floods with liquid fuel every time, producing a large yellow flame. The flame eventually reduces to a hot blue flame, but only after 10-15 minutes. You have a choice: put… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Only stove you will ever need. My brother and I took a Svea across the country on a road trip and it performed very well. There was a bit of a learning curve. We simply heat the entire stove with a lighter or match for 10-20 seconds then turn the gas open rather than using what others may refer to as primers. Also, if you start your hike at a low altitude then go to a higher altitude you won't have a problem pressurizing or getting it started. It should go right away. This is a very easy stove to… Full review

MSR SimmerLite

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you are still able to acquire one of these stoves (they are discontinued) I would recommend it. First off, this stove is no longer available (it has been discontinued). However it is still available used, or even NEW, on various sites on the web. If you are looking for a decent first time white gas stove, then I would recommend this stove. It was the first backpacking stove I have bought and still use.  It took me a while to learn how to prime the stove in order to get the liquid vaporized. Full review

Optimus 8R

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought mine in the '70s, ancient times now, backpacked all over the U.S. Fell down a steep ridge once, stove and extra fuel bottle took a few dents. Just started it and ran it after 25 years of not using it. Started right up, even had old fuel. Great stove, just a little heavy compared to an MSR system. No priming in colder weather, use some lighter paste or some petroleum jelly with a teaspoon of fuel in bottom of pan to get her rolling. I say her because she has never let me down even in frozen… Full review

Optimus 8R

rated 5 of 5 stars Been cooking since the '70s with no signs of stopping! Classic stove. What an epic stove. My dad handed this down to me and I may end up handing it down again. it shows no sign of stopping. The Swedes knew what they were doing! I made a windscreen by cutting up a big soda can and wedging it in. Only thing is it's a hefty little thing. Full review

MSR DragonFly

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the bit of kit you use when you cannot afford for anything to go wrong! It is highly reliable and simple to use even when your brain is zonked out from the fatigue of climbing all day and altitude. I have used this stove on many occasions and from sea level up to 5,500 metres. It has worked beautifully for hours on end and never let me down. This item is critical above the tree line or on occasions when one is camping and circumstances do not allow open fires. Making breakfast for a team… Full review

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 5 of 5 stars Love my MSR Whisperlite. Have been using it since 2003 in Iraq. Burn any type of fuel with the Internationale. I bought mine for the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom so I could cook my own food if/when that became an option. Trust me, MRE's get old fast! I got the Internationale¬†with a 30oz bottle. Since then, I have bought a second one used with a second pump and 11oz bottle. I have only replaced the O-rings once in 12 years after being in storage for 4 years before I got back into camping and backpacking.¬†… Full review

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

Top-Rated Liquid Fuel Stoves

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user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II reviewed Jun 29, 2015
$69
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coleman Apollo Dual Fuel Stove reviewed Jun 4, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
Optimus Svea reviewed Dec 25, 2014
$100 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (19)
MSR SimmerLite reviewed Dec 12, 2014
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Optimus 8R reviewed Nov 6, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (34)
MSR DragonFly reviewed Sep 24, 2014
$112 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (37)
MSR WhisperLite Internationale reviewed Sep 14, 2014
$80 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Optimus Nova+ reviewed Jul 31, 2014
$144 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (35)
MSR WhisperLite reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$72 - $89
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mini Outdoor Portable Camping Picnic Stove reviewed May 21, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Optimus 111B reviewed May 21, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Coleman Classic 2-Burner Stove reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$140 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (14)
Optimus Nova reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$15 - $149
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman 2-Burner Camp Stove reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$70
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Stove reviewed Mar 10, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Dual Fuel 2-Burner Stove reviewed Feb 10, 2014
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Soto Muka reviewed Dec 22, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
MSR XGK-EX reviewed Jun 27, 2013
$128 - $159
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
Optimus Hiker+ reviewed Jun 6, 2013
$200 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove reviewed Jun 4, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Coleman Feather 442 Dual Fuel Stove reviewed Apr 26, 2013
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
No Limits Compact Butane Stove reviewed May 19, 2012
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Feather 400 reviewed Mar 10, 2012
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Coleman 550B Multi-Fuel Stove reviewed Jul 27, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton Bantam Liquid Fuel Stove reviewed Apr 11, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Himalaya reviewed Mar 30, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (24)
Brunton Optimus Nova reviewed Feb 27, 2011
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Apex reviewed Feb 3, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Coleman Gemini Dual Fuel Stove reviewed Apr 22, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Edelrid Opilio reviewed Apr 20, 2010
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS Woodland Power Stove reviewed Jan 13, 2010
$140 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus 71 reviewed Dec 16, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Coleman Exponent Apex II reviewed Nov 1, 2009
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Century Single Burner Stove reviewed Aug 2, 2009
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Primus Gravity VF reviewed Jan 1, 2009
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brunton Optimus Svea reviewed May 18, 2007
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus Verifuel reviewed Jun 9, 2006
discontinued
Primus Basecamp Stove
$120 - $129
 
Brunton Profile 2 Burner Stove
$86
Primus Omnilite TI
$152 - $169
Primus Eta Power Multifuel Kit
Edelrid Kiro ST
Snow Peak Baja Burner LI
$160 MSRP

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