User Review: MSR PocketRocket
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $25
Great little stove for the solo backpacker; easily recommended for those who favor simplicity and ease.
- Not terribly stable, even with optional base
- Wind really slows down cooking times
I purchased my PocketRocket stove used some five years ago, and the little bugger is still going strong. Used mostly on multi-night trips around the PNW, generally to heat water for beverages and freeze-dried meals. Works excellently for those purposes as long as one can set up a sufficient windscreen.
Flame control and ignition both simple and easy; in optimal conditions will boil a half liter of water in under two minutes. Windy? Make that something closer to five, but i've never yet had it blow out. Depending on the quality of the fuel canister and the wind conditions, I've a single canister last a full season - call it eight meals, plus another eight cups of tea. Good stuff.
A little caution might be needed to keep it from dumping over, but I am a cautious fellow. Compared to the old Sterno stove i'd been using for the previous decade, this thing is heavenly.
Can't really compare it to other cook systems, except to say that it is ever so much less expensive and fidgety - no cleaning required in over five years of use.