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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

The best compressed fuel canister stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 31, 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
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
BRS 3000T
$17
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
$115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$110 - $119
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
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
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Primus Micron Stove
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Jetboil MightyMo
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove
$82 - $117
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Optimus Vega Stove
$95 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket 2
$45 - $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: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus Essential Trail Kit
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Soto New River Pot + Amicus with Igniter
$55
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)
Primus Firestick
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jetboil Sumo Cooking System
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Primus Firestick Ti
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Optimus Elektra FE
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
BRS 3000W
$18
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 Stove
$25
 
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
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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
Primus Essential Trail Kit

The Primus Essential Trail Kit is an inexpensive, lightweight, and versatile stove kit from a renowned manufacturer. I received this Primus Essential Trail Kit in the winter of 2020-2021 for the purpose of reviewing it. Winter weather, Covid, and major surgery have all done their best to keep me indoors, but I have managed to sneak out on a few occasions. So without further ado…. Primus is a Swedish company known for producing top quality stoves since 1892 (!). They balance out carbon emissions… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Primus Firestick Ti

Primus started with a blank slate when designing the Firestick and Firestick Ti stoves. The goal was to create a packable stove that was easy to carry and delivered features like built-in wind protection and a pressure regulator to maximize performance. The result was a stove that looks a little different and makes a great water boiler that has some simmer capability as well. Fired up and ready to go in a Baxter lean-to I had the chance to test the new Primus Firestick and Firestick Ti stoves over… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
BRS 3000T

In this video we share with you the review of our BRS gas stove. We were searching for some lightweight options and stumbled across this one. We have tested it enough already using it the whole summer season last year as we bought it just before setting off on a long distance hike. And we can say we were completely blown away by its great performance and all the characteristics it has. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Primus Firestick

  Fired up and ready to go in a Baxter lean-to I've had the chance to test the Primus Firestick and Firestick Ti stoves since last fall, including early winter and this spring. Other than the material (stainless steel versus titanium) and corresponding weight difference (about .6 ounces or 16 grams) the Firestick models are identical and performed exactly the same. So check out my full Primus Firestick Ti review for all the info, including setup, boil time, fuel efficiency, stability, flame… Full review

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