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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 December 11, 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 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Kovea Spider
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
$109 - $147
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
$88 - $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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
$85 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Primus ClassicTrail
$25 - $29
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 (10)
Soto Micro Regulator Stove
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR SuperFly with AutoStart
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Optimus Crux Lite
$40 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Soto OD-1RX WindMaster
$63
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
$95 - $134
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 - $89
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
$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
$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
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
$120 - $154
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR WindPro II
$110 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Crux Lite with Terra Solo Cook System
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Optimus Polaris Optifuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$180
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 - $164
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 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System
$200
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
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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 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

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