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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 July 21, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
MSR WhisperLite Universal Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Kovea Spider
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
$145 - $147
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$110 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Primus OmniFuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Snow Peak GigaPower Manual
$40 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Primus Classic Trail
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Soto Micro Regulator Stove
$49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
$85 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
BRS 3000T
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
MSR Reactor Stove System
$220 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Optimus Crux Lite
$45 - $419
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Soto WindMaster
$59 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
$85
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
$95 - $134
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Optimus Vega Stove
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System
$180 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Soto Amicus without Igniter
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket 2
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium Stove
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fire Maple Blade 2
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus Essential Trail Kit
$65
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 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Optimus Crux
$55 - $84
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR WindPro II
$116 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Crux Lite with Terra Solo Cook System
$65
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Flash Java Kit
$120 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Primus Firestick
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jetboil Sumo Cooking System
$160 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Primus Firestick Ti
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Starter Kit
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Optimus Elektra FE
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
$150 - $154
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
BRS 3000W
$18
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe
$70 - $79
Primus Essential Trail Stove
$30
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Northern Lights Alpha Ti
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MasterGlow Microlite
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (86)
MSR PocketRocket
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Primus EtaPower EF
$144 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coleman Micro Backpack Stove
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Soto Amicus with Igniter
$45 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
Soto Amicus with Igniter

A little smaller than the Soto Windmaster, which I would call reference stove in wind. I have used the Soto Windmaster lately on my PCT and was really exited about the flame in the wind (nearly every day you have wind). I aslo loved the igniter which was robust enough in sandstorms etc. I used the Windmaster with the Triflex, which was light (68g), but you had to put together and store two pieces of gear. I also could transport the Windmaster vertically in the Snow Peak 900 and Snow Peak 700. But… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Soto Amicus with Igniter

A good balance of performance and light weight in a wind-resistant, pocket-size canister stove, with a reliable piezo igniter for one-click starts. Jake W has ably reviewed the Soto Amicus / New River pot combo that all the top TS reviewers of 2019, including myself, received in recognition of our efforts. Anyone interested in the Amicus should also take a look at Jake’s review, which includes photos of most of the details. With this review I just thought I’d add a few observations of my own. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Soto Micro Regulator Stove

Japanese manufacturing excellence at an affordable price. The Soto regulator stove is marvel of engineering made to precise Japanese standards. Piezo works every time, light, compact, and can be used in moderate wind (works better when protecting the stove from the wind). I have used this stove in moderate rain without an issue. The gas regulator works perfectly and it is straightforward to simmer food rather than burn it... On a side note, most things made in Japan greatly exceed the manufacturing… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Soto Micro Regulator Stove

Piezo hasn't failed in 8+ years, stove weighs less than comparable products, and the overall durability is record-setting. The MicroRegulator was a well-reviewed product when it was released. I am still amazed that more backpackers and outdoors folks haven't heard of it or seen it. It has worked well in the mid-teens (North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 8000ft+) and under every other condition I've hiked and camped in for the past 8 years. I purchased it as a returned product at an REI garage sale over… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Primus Classic Trail

Solid little stove. Not as light as some micro stoves but has four pot holders with a 4.5-inch radius. And it is inexpensive, but not cheap Primus Classic Trail Camping Stove   Countin' ounces... Looked at several dinky alternatives at 4-6 ounces, but Primus Classic Trail Stove (great Primus lineage) has larger burner, four pot supports, packs compactly (fits in my pot including small gaz cannister)   and is only 9oz. Used on multiday backpack in Uintas in bad weather and worked just fine. Check… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

Don't buy!!! I repeat—don't buy!!!!! I bought one today and get it home all excited to test it out. Mine was leaning off centre and the pot leaked and I found it didn't simmer very well. For the price this was a huge disappointment  for me. Will be returning and getting my second choice, the MSR Reactor. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
BRS 3000T

Looking for an Ultra-Tiny camping stove? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand and weighs less than an ounce? Maybe you already have a good backpacking stove but you're looking for a backup/emergency stove that easily hides in the bottom of your food sack? I found the perfect little stove...the BRS 3000T. I've put together a video review of this tiny stove and have tried it out on several day hikes: BRS 3000T - Lightweight Backpacking Stove - YouTube   Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Optimus Polaris Optifuel

Well built. Needs an additional silencer cap to achieve its potential. I bought this recently as an alternative to my Coleman 442 and to replace a Primus Omnilite.  I tested it with its normal flame spreader boiling half a litre of water with canister gas, white gas, and kerosene. Apart from being very loud, which I expected, I found the performance on canister gas disappointing. It took a full minute longer than the other fuels to boil half a litre, and simmer control was poor, having a tendency… Full review

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