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Compressed Fuel Canister Stoves

Integrated canister stoves use compressed gas. The gas canister screws onto the burner and integrated pot.

 

Pros

Cons

  • light
  • compact
  • boils water fast
  • easy to light, no priming needed
  • easy to use
  • work well in the wind
  • convenient, the pot is already attached
  • not good in the cold, though an inverted canister helps with pressure
  • can only use a compatible fuel canister, which can be an issue if traveling
  • can't tell easily how much fuel is in canister
  • can't refill the fuel canister, though canisters can be recycled (see the Crunch It)
  • fuel is more expensive than liquid fuel
  • pot size is limited
  • can be affected by altitude

 

Canister stoves are best for: three-season trips where you have access to fuel canisters

Learn more about choosing compressed fuel canister stoves below »

The best compressed fuel canister stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 21, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
MSR WhisperLite Universal Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$112
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Kovea Spider
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
$145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (86)
MSR PocketRocket
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50 - $57
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Primus OmniFuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Snow Peak GigaPower Manual
$40 - $43
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Primus ClassicTrail
$23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
MSR SuperFly
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
MSR Reactor Stove System
$220 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Optimus Crux Lite
$40 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Soto OD-1RX WindMaster
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Jetboil MightyMo
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Optimus Vega Stove
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
$64 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System
$135 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket 2
$34 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium Stove
$50 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fire Maple Blade 2
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Optimus Crux
$50 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Amicus without Igniter
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Polaris Optifuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Crux Lite with Terra Solo Cook System
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Flash Java Kit
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jetboil Sumo Cooking System
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Optimus Elektra FE
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Primus ETA Lite+
$115
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System
$200
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe
$70
Primus Essential Trail Kit
$60
Primus Essential Trail Stove
$25
Primus Firestick Ti
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
BRS 3000T
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Northern Lights Alpha Ti
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MasterGlow Microlite
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Primus EtaPower EF
$144 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Soto Micro Regulator Stove
$65 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coleman Micro Backpack Stove
$60 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Markill Hot Rod
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR SuperFly with AutoStart
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Primus EtaExpress
$108 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Primus TechnoTrail
$60 MSRP
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Canister Fuel Options

Canister fuel is typically a blend of Liquefied Petroleum Gasses (LPG):

  • Propane: high vapor pressure and works well in cold weather
  • Isobutane: most popular option
  • Butane: cheapest and worst performance

Recent Compressed Fuel Canister Stove Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Jetboil MightyMo

It works very well with my Imusa grease cup as a pot. I had the metal tube that holds the igniter wire get slightly shifted after banging around my cook kit. By twisting it gently it no longer grounded the spark wire. The spark was jumping from the tube to the frame and not sparking up on the burner till I moved it away slightly. Works fine. Heats 16 oz in about 2 min 30 seconds I have used it for several years and have been happy with it. Simmers well. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kovea Spider

It work really well with the Flat Cat windscreen. The Flat Cat windscreen is made for the Kovea Spider. Flat Cat sells the whole kit, stove, and windscreen for a good price. Without the wind screen the Spider has really slow boil times. With a proper windscreen it really is a fast stove. Always keep the flame just above simmer for best fuel economy.   caption                 The Kovea Spider is a really nice small remote canister stove that has great performance with a windscreen. I normally… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

I liked the look of the MiniMo. Self-contained stove camping system that could heat water to boiling point in under three minutes! I read the reviews; it clicked all the core “must have’s” in a hiking/solo camping stove. You can find my detailed review at the following link...https://thecedarjournal.com/blog/ Measuring cup,  lid, stove (burner), cooking cup with handles and cozy, pot support The MiniMo cooking system, cup, lid, canister support, stove, and pan support. Closeup of pot support… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Campingaz Turbo 270

You can "hack" (actually very clean replacement of part) the Turbo 270 with a Coleman Peak 1 valve, in order to accept screw-on canisters in North America. Have owned the Turbo 270 for a long time (20 years?), only used once or twice way back then. Am about to try it again, so I'm posting here to inform everybody on here of this very useful hack for North American fuel canisters!  You can use the valve out of a Coleman Peak 1 stove, which is an old Camping Gaz valve but with threaded connection,… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

Interesting product, but is it too complicated!! Just take a bit of time to read my detailed review before splashing out around £100. OK, so I've had mine for about a year now and have loved it. It takes a bit to get it lit in blowy conditions as you've got to get the pot back on before it blows out, but once done it's like a jet aeroplane taking off. It's been fantastic up windy exposed mountain tops, until now!! Just when I really needed a hot quick drink it decided to go on strike. Just wouldn't… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Jetboil Sumo Cooking System

The Jetboil SUMO is a user-friendly, canister-style stove that easily supports 2 to 3 people on most backpacking, camping, and paddling trips (1.8L or 61oz cup). With an improved simmer regulator and sure-fire ignition, the SUMO makes cooking a pretty simple task. Couple it with a Jetboil silicone coffee press (grande size) and you’ll have yourself a big pot of coffee each and every morning on the trail. Its biggest drawback is a finicky lid. Conditions:  I’ve used the Jetboil SUMO for three… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Fire Maple Blade 2

The lightest remote canister stove I have found at under 5 oz. Good build quality with titanium and aluminum construction. Suitable for inverted canister use for cold weather. I needed a good remote canister stove for my two grandsons and the Fire Maple Blade 2, with its vaporizing tube for inverted canister use, was a good choice for two teenage boys. As most adults know, teenagers are the most careless people on the planet. A stable stove is what these boys need. Additionally I got them an MSR… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Soto Amicus without Igniter

I bought this after being disappointed with the Optimus Crux Lite and after reading lots of reviews. It turns out it was the right choice; this is superior in every way.  Flame adjustment is fine and accurate, wind resistance is good thanks to its concave burner, and pot stability is improved by having four pot supports instead of the normal three.  While being light and compact, the build quality is superb, it feels well made, and at the same time competetively priced.  This is now part of a… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Optimus Crux Lite

I bought this without reading reviews, relying on the good reputation for quality and long experience that Optimus has to offer amongst camping stoves.  Very light and compact, this fitted well in my GSI Halulite Minimalist pot together with a gas canister and lighter.  Like other users I found that the flame adjustment valve was very vague and fiddly to operate, almost having a mind of its own. Left unattended, if not on full power the flame would gradually decrease untill it would go out altogether,… Full review