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 January 25, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Compressed Fuel Canister Stove Reviews

rated 1 of 5 stars
Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System

This is my third Jetboil stove and I literally damaged it simply setting it up. The two back stand supports are extremely flimsy. I bent one holding the stove in my hand while inserting the gas canister. I will wait until I hear a reply from Jetboil before I decide what to do with the stove. I received a Jetboil Joule as a birthday present. I have had to different Jetboil stoves in the past and was exited to use a newer and larger version. This one is advertised as being wonderful to use in temps… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove

Quality build and everything fits inside, including 8-ounce fuel canister. I bought this stove to replace my JetBoil in which first the piezo igniter quit, and then the burner element disintegrated and died during my 2018 bicycle tour. I wanted a stove that would hold up under extreme conditions and pack up tight and compact for travel inside my bicycle panniers. The Camp Chef Stryker 100 sure looked like a winner as I was viewing it on the Amazon website. For comparison purposes, I’ve included… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Tomshoo Outdoor Camping Hiking Cookware Pot Set

I bought the Tomshoo Backpacker Stove off Amazon, kind of an impulse purchase because it was only $20, and it included a two-piece pot set as well. I had been looking for a smaller stove to take on my backpacking treks and figured I'd check this one out. I had never heard of the "Tomshoo" brand before (made in China) but saw they had other outdoor products online, so I took a chance. I'm very pleased with this little stove so far. It is very compact, and I can store a gas cylinder and a few other… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

If your idea of a pack stove is a tool for boiling water then read on as the MSR WindBurner does a brilliant job of it with only a little room for improvement. Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has been around since 1969. It was founded by Larry Penberthy; an engineer, professional inventor and lifelong mountaineer bent on making everything about the experience safer and better.  Enjoy the very interesting history of MSR here https://www.msrgear.com/msr-our-history.html.   The Windburner Personal… Full review

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

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
$130 - $144
NEW!
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$35 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Primus OmniFuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$119 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Snow Peak GigaPower Manual
$32 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
$72 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Primus ClassicTrail
$19 - $20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
MSR SuperFly
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
MSR Reactor Stove System
$220 - $259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
$127 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Optimus Crux Lite
$40 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Soto OD-1RX WindMaster
$53
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove
$60 - $81
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Optimus Vega Stove
$95
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
$50 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR PocketRocket 2
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Optimus Crux
$50 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Primus ExpressSpider
$65
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR WindPro II
$74 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Polaris Optifuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$180
NEW!
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Primus Micron Trail Stove with Piezo
$45
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+
$86 - $114
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus Eta Lite
$48 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Flash Java Kit
$110 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Optimus Elektra FE
$80 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 1 Burner Propane Stove
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Texsport Single Burner Propane Stove
$25
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System
$160 - $199
NEW!
Primus Essential Trail Stove
$25
NEW!
Primus Firestick
$90
available Spring 2020
NEW!
Primus Firestick Ti
$120
available Spring 2020
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 (4)
Kovea Spider
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: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR SuperFly with AutoStart
$70 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