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 October 7, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Compressed Fuel Canister Stove Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
MSR SuperFly

Great lightweight backpacking stove. Heats up grub quickly and is compatible with many brand propane canisters. I’ve been using mine for years and wouldn’t trade it for another. The best thing is it will fit most any brand gas canister. This makes it a lot easier if you need to pick up some fuel in a hurry, you can stop at any camping store and grab whatever brand they have. Or borrow one from a fellow camper. This stove just works great and is all you need unless you're doing really high elevations. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe

As someone who’s perfectly comfortable with a cat stove, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove. But after getting comfortable with its easy-to-use features, I don’t know if I’ll ever look back. MSR Pocket RocketDeluxe Cooking in the backcountry can transform your experience from a shitty one to a phenomenal one. Whether you’re fending of hypothermia by way of boiling water or you’re hoping to cook some gourmet meals, the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove is… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

The MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit is light and compact with all the components you need to boil water or simmer food with the addition of a lighter and fuel canister. The MSR PocketRocket 2, representing a redesign of a long-time favorite stove, the original PocketRocket, has been out for a couple of years. I recently had a chance to test it to compare to my original PocketRocket along with a convenient MSR Mini Stove Kit. Light backpackers love items that nest together efficiently and this… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Primus ETA Lite+

An affordable, lightweight, reliable "All in One Stove" that meets...no...exceeds expectations for solo or duo backpackers! A feature-rich and innovative design that still keeps it simple.                                        PRIMUS LITE+ "ALL IN ONE GAS STOVE" Primus makes sturdy, reliable, innovative stoves...and the Primus Lite+ is no exception. I have and still own numerous stoves by various manufacturers, but the stove I use exclusively when in the backcountry on short… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Primus Micron Trail Stove with Piezo

Small and mighty and easy to use in a tiny, compact little package! This little thing only weighs about 3.2 ounces, and folds up like a little contortionist to fit in a stuff sack that's actually got room enough to throw in a lighter. Some stoves have skin tight bags for storage, but this one is great! It has a built in piezo lighter and is easy to screw on a canister for use. It's super easy to use, even without reading directions. Just make sure it's screwed on the canister tightly. You don't… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
BRS 3000T

Excellent small, light, compact, and reliable stove. Plus cheap! This stove is very small and reliable, compact, and light. I compare to Primus Express stove. It has no self built-in ignitor. Consumes not more than regular stove (like Primus above, I will say 15gr). Burner is adjustable, mid-high is adjusted easily, but at low level adjustment not so good. Efficiency and gas consumption is regular for such kind of stoves. At full power it takes about 5-6 minute to boil 1 littler of water. During… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Primus Express Stove

Not recommend. Low build quality and reliability. I have had this stove as a gift on my birthday. After a week or two we came to seashore to meet sun rising with cup of tea. We realize that piezo had been broken, it happens after 10 minutes trip in storage bag in my car, but was able to we make some hot tea. Thanks for matches! After this I brought my stove to magazine and after a month I got new one. On the next week I came to short trip in the forest. At the end of the day I found a good place… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium

Absolutely love this stove. It is so compact it fits nicely in my cook pot with the isopro cannister. The pot support arms are easily positioned. I can adjust the burner to a pretty low setting and kind of simmer (with stirring now and then). For a lightweight backpacking stove it's really good. I had some trouble on a mountain top with 16mph winds and gusts. It didn't blow out completely but some gusts blew out one side or the other—as expected they re-lit on their own. A bit slower to boil water… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Primus ETA Lite+

Backpacking hunting stove. Purchased this stove for a backcountry elk hunting trip in Colorado. Stove worked flawlessly, but there are a few things that could make it a little more user friendly.  Knob turn has on and off, should be longer to be able to grasp with having to place hand under the cup if it boils over to shut it off.  Stove is fairly compact, but wish the cup was larger to fit a canister and the fold-up base.  Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
MSR WhisperLite Universal Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
$110 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kovea Spider
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$35 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Primus OmniFuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$153 - $159
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
$68 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Primus ClassicTrail
$19 - $20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
MSR SuperFly
$40 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
MSR Reactor Stove System
$220 - $259
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
$135 - $144
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR SuperFly with AutoStart
$65 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
$150 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Optimus Crux Lite
$30 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Soto OD-1RX WindMaster
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
$80 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Optimus Vega Stove
$65 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Jetboil MightyMo
$35 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket 2
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium Stove
$37
NEW!
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Olicamp Xcelerator Ultra Titanium Stove
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Optimus Crux
$40 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Primus ExpressSpider
$65
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR WindPro II
$85 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System
$160 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Polaris Optifuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Crux Lite with Terra Solo Cook System
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus ETA Lite+
$103 - $114
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Flash Java Kit
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Optimus Elektra FE
$75 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 1 Burner Propane Stove
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Texsport Single Burner Propane Stove
$19
NEW!
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Primus Micron Trail Stove with Piezo
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Brunton Raptor
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 (86)
MSR PocketRocket
$40 MSRP
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: 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