User Review: MSR DragonFly
Source: bought it new
Amazing stoves — sturdy, reliable, easy to fix problems in the field.
- field reparable
- burns multiple fuels
- easy to simmer
- a bit bulkier than some other stoves
- can be ridiculously loud
- priming can be annoying
Amazing stoves. Traveled through South America with my girlfriend with the DragonFly. Ran it with diesel fuel on a 5-day trip when we forgot to gas up and couldn't find anything else. Clogged up a few times but was easy to clean and worked fine.
Only negatives were this stove was a bit too big to fit in our travel pot, and seriously in a quiet setting it can sound like a jet taking off— when we were in some camp sites we got looks - worth the simple simmer function, However, as we like to cook gourmet in the backcountry (with the Whisperlights you need to decrease the cannister pressure to make it simmer which is tricky, and you have to pump the pressure back up if you want to crank it up which is dangerous unless you turn the stove off (annoying).
They're all amazing though, and you can pick them up used for like 30 bucks (I have found two in thrift stores with parts missing, which MSR either supplied free, or I paid a few bucks to bring up to functioning). I have also experienced amazing customer service with MSR. They have sent me free shaker jets multiple times, and you can buy parts separate for super cheap when they break or you lose them (they may seem slightly pricey up front, but their repair-ability and easily available parts will pay off quick).