User Review: MSR PocketRocket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25-35
I love this little stove. I've used it at home on the deck, in a tent, and winter cabin camping. It's super easy to carry — packs small and light, even in provided carrying case — and is quick to use.
- Quick and easy to use
- A bit unstable at times due to its size
The setup is super easy — pop the cap off the fuel, screw in the stove, open the valve and light it up. No built-in ignition, so you'll need a lighter or match to get it going, but it's super easy to light.
The flame control is great — you can get a slow steady flame or turn it wide open for a quick water boil that only takes a couple minutes. We used a medium pot on the holders, and with much wind or uneven ground it would've been a bit tough to keep it solidly in place; however, if you keep an eye on it and hold the handle if there's much wind, you'll be fine.
Also, the stove really concentrates the flame in one middle area, so if you don't watch your food, it may burn a bit over the center — we used it mainly for soups, noodles, water, etc.
You may want to invest in a windscreen if you'll be in super windy areas, though. Boiled water quickly and didn't use too much fuel in the process. Using a small canister of fuel, we were able to boil water and cook food for several days - not sure of measure on fuel usage, however.
Simple, easy-to-use, packable stove for when you just need something quick and straight-forward. It's affordable, and I definitely recommend it for light packing. We used the stove mainly summer and fall, but we did use it during winter hut camping and it worked fine! Have fun!